The Voice of Mountain Biking in Northern Ireland

Show a Clean Pair of Wheels

23 Jan 2013 9:00 AM | Rick McKee (Administrator)
A photocall on 17 January marked the launch of a new joint communications initiative between the Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development (within which Forest Service sits) and NIMBA, designed to inform our thousands of mountainbikers how to prevent the spread of tree disease across Northern Ireland forests.

Show a clean pair of wheels - Minister Michelle O'Neill launches the new poster aimed at mountain bikers in Northern Ireland's Forests.
A subsequent meeting, at the Loughry College campus outside Cookstown, gave NIMBA an opportunity to update Minister Michelle O’Neill in detail on progress with mountain biking in Northern Ireland, since our last meeting at Stormont in January 2012.  Matters discussed included:

1. The establishment and rapid growth of NIMBA since last meeting, including a précis of NIMBA objectives and how it can assist government and other stakeholders in facilitating trail facilities and communicating with audiences
2. Acknowledgment of the improvement in communication and subsequent relations between, in particular, Forest Service and the mountain biking community, and encouragement to continue dialogue and joint working
3. Congratulations to DARD and Forest Service in working successfully with the other relevant stakeholders to see new trails opening in 2013 at Davagh, Rostrevor and Castlewellan
4. NIMBA’s successful bid in April 2012 to host the Single Speed European Championships at Castlewellan Forest Park in 2014 - the Minister assured us of her department’s full support and early engagement in helping to facilitate the event, making it a showcase for Northern Ireland
5. Informing the Minister of the wider goal of a Mountain Biking Strategy for NI document currently being developed by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI) in conjunction with NIMBA, including some of the locations under review and the associated challenges to be overcome
6. A discussion on the need to examine the current process and levy for those wishing to organise events within the Northern Ireland forest estate, with a view to then considering NIMBA recommendations for improvement

We are most grateful to the Minister for allocating such a significant part of her day to meeting with us, and we look forward to future meetings being as positive and productive.
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