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Vélo Québec signs memorandum of understanding with IMBA Canada

>> par Vélo Québec 
Montreal, Friday December 14th 2012 -  Along with Vélo Québec, IMBA Canada is excited to announce a formal partnership with Québec’s provincial bicycling organization through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Throughout 2013, both organizations will seek to build capacity, improve collective knowledge, leverage resources, and provide a united voice for mountain bikers in Québec through a collaborative provincial partnership. >>>

The MOU comes just one year after Vélo Québec’s alliance with ADSVMQ – Québec’s original mountain bike trail organization.

IMBA Canada and Vélo Québec share a common goal, to develop high-quality mountain bike trails and support local communities, volunteers and clubs engaged in the activity. The union of our forces cannot be anything but beneficial,” said Lucie Lanteigne, Vélo Québec’s Executive director.

IMBA Canada Executive Director Lora Woolner echoes these sentiments: “As the sport of mountain biking continues to grow, we are no longer fighting for access to trails; in fact opportunities are outpacing capacity and it's becoming increasingly important that we align our strengths with other organizations who are striving to meet the same goals. We are looking forward to working with Vélo Québec in a more formal capacity as a result of this MOU.”

As a first common initiative, the two organizations will introduce a joint membership program for clubs and retailers. Québec-based clubs and dealers will now join or renew through Vélo Québec; but receive benefits from both the provincial and national organizations. Become a member of Vélo Québec and IMBA Canada today!

About IMBA Canada
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada is a non-profit association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers throughout Canada. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking worldwide by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, and cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s Canadian office has been up and running since 2004.   Find out more at www.imbacanada.com.

Vélo Québec: 45 years of biking initiatives
Vélo Québec has been mobilizing the Québec cycling community since 1967. Agent of change, its actions include defending cyclists' rights, promoting the bicycle as a daily means of commuting to school and work, and helping governments and municipalities create a friendly environment for pedestrians and cyclists. The organization also organizes the popular Montréal Bike Fest and some 70 trips throughout the world, publishes various books and magazines, including Vélo Mag, and oversees the development of the Route Verte, as well as, more recently, recreational mountain biking. Vélo Québec has worked for 45 years to provide Quebecers with an ideal cycling milieu. Find out more at www.velo.qc.ca.

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CONTACTS

Vélo Québec
Véronique Lavoie
514 521-8356, ext. 358
vlavoie@velo.qc.ca

IMBA Canada
Rachael Raven
1 855 255-4095, ext. 104
rachael.raven@imba.com

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