Mountain Biking Comes to Town

Bike parks are not trails. They are managed similarly to city parks. They require a higher standard of care. They need to be professionally designed and constructed.

by International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association


IMBA Bike Parks Presentation


New school mountain biking - bike parks come to town!

Bike park project considerations.

  • Vision: Facilities built for Mountain Biking.
  • Community: Successful bike parks result from community-driven efforts.
  • Fundraising: Big ticket projects require substantial funding, but the money is out there.
  • Planning: Partners need to be organized for the work ahead.
  • Design: Find the right balance of riding elements and apply them to a specific location
  • Construction: From site preparation to ribbon cutting, the build demands a professional approach.
  • Management: Maintenance, risk management and programing will be ongoing.

Bike Parks Are:

  • Bike-specific, self-contained facilities open to the public.
  • Usually comprised of two or more bike specific tracks or trails.
  • Include constructed features designed for bikes, in most cases made of dirt, rock, or wood.

SPEAK, BUILD, RESPECT, RIDE!

Published June 2015

About the Authors


The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.


As the leading mountain biking organization in the southeast, our mission is to create, enhance, and protect great mountain biking experiences in the southeast.

More articles by These authors

More Articles in this Category

Designing Sustainable Off-Highway Vehicle Trails

Proper management of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails is one of the most important tasks for trail managers today.

Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use in natural areas

A recreation ecology literature review

San Jose Trail Program Strategic Plan

While the Trail Program has identified and documented 133 miles of potential trails, the Strategic Plan is focused on delivery of the immediate 100-mile goal in the most cost effective and efficient manner.

Sustaining Wildlife With Recreation on Public Lands

A Synthesis of Research Findings, Management Practices, and Research Needs