In photos: OMBC Visits the State Capitol
The Oregon Mountain Biking Coalition’s 1st Annual Oregon MTB Legislative Day was Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in Salem. All who attended were buoyed by the great success of the day! Thanks to all who made it safely through the winter wonderland to visit with our elected officials and let them know about the work being done locally and that the OMBC is here to unify our MTB community’s voice at the state level. We met with over 30 members of Oregon’s legislature to share stories of local and statewide better living through trails.
The day started out with an issues and advocacy training at Venti’s Cafe in downtown Salem, to ensure all participants were ready and excited to actively participate in the governmental process! A major note of gratitude towards Venti’s for not only welcoming mountain bikers with hot coffee and scrumptious baked goods, but also a free beer at the end of the day!
Throughout the morning and early afternoon mountain bikers met with their elected state Senators and Representatives, sharing stories of what their local trail associations had accomplished. They also discussed the 172,000 direct jobs the outdoor industry in Oregon is responsible and how that contributes to local economies. Central to the discussions were the several policy priorities the OMBC was in favor of this legislative session such as trail funding for the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation.
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