It’s Time to Join the OMBC


Momentum is building. In the last 60 days, we’ve dialed in our Governance Guide, fleshed out the 2019 communication plan, continued to build out the OMBC website, and begun discussing proposals for efforts OMBC might undertake in the immediate future. Our sights are set on a gathering this coming spring to kick up the pace. It’ll be a lot more interactive, and together we’ll be discussing these (and ratifying the most compelling) proposals for what the coalition wishes to accomplish through 2019 (and to a degree, into 2020). Expect to hear more shortly after the holidays.

If you’re a non-profit advocating for, building, or maintaining places to ride mountain bikes, check out the updated Governance Guide (changes are detailed below) and join online. There’s no dues, and it’s a no-hassle process. Already, our roster includes Central Oregon Trail Alliance, Northwest Trail Alliance, Oregon Interscholastic Cycling League, Oregon Timber Trail Alliance, Salem Area Trail Alliance, Team Dirt, and Trans-Cascadia.

One foot forward, together.

If you’re an individual who wants to support the OMBC you can donate or contact your local mountain biking organization to get involved. If you represent an organization or business feel free to contact us below with any questions.

Governance Guide: It’s a Wrap

OMBC’s Governance Guide is wrapped up (for the time being, of course; it’ll evolve with wisdom gained). Based on the suggestions you brought forward at our Bend summit, here’s what we’ve changed:

  • We’ve strengthened the point that OMBC will only move forward on any effort, advocacy or otherwise, after members have ratified the Steering Committee’s proposal. In a nutshell, the Steering Committee listens and makes proposals, members (you) recommend changes and ratify those proposals, and together we resource and execute the effort.

  • We’ve also emphasized that we strive for consensus across all members. But if we can’t reach full consensus before a must-act deadline, 80 percent of members must support the proposal for it to move forward.

  • Likewise, the Steering Committee also strives for consensus. As a byproduct, the minimum size of the Steering Committee is now five (from three), the smallest odd-number count supporting the 80-percent supermajority needed in case full consensus cannot be reached.

  • Vote-by-email details (consistent with Oregon non-profit statutes) have been added, enabling decision making between face-to-face meetings.

  • On a case-by-case basis, the two term (i.e., four year) limit on Steering Committee members can be overridden by a vote of the general membership. This enables organizations with a more shallow well of leadership to continue direct Steering Committee involvement.

  • A member organization suffering a mid-term Steering Committee vacancy now appoints its replacement, rather than the Steering Committee.

These more significant updates are accompanied by a number of minor enhancements improving clarity. You’ll find the complete Governance Guide here.

Gabriel Tiller