HRATS exists in order to unite the local cycling community by providing a single source of contact for trail advocacy in order to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in the Hood River area.
Who We Are
HRATS is a volunteer based non-profit IMBA Chapter Organization (International Mountain Biking Association) made up of cycling enthusiasts that are focused on engaging and uniting the local cycling community in order to channel enthusiasm to create, enhance and protect the riding opportunities in the greater Hood River area, to include both Oregon and Washington with a focus on trail advocacy within a 30 mile radius of Hood River.
We are a coalition of mountain bikers who are committed to representing all disciplines and abilities of mountain biking with a specific aim of providing a venue and vehicle for mountain biking enthusiasts to feel valued and engaged in helping define, build and maintain their local trails. We are committed to positively representing the mountain bike community in our city and surrounding region by collaborating with local land owners and agencies to build and maintain trails, help allocate funding for new trails and mitigating user conflicts.
Through social media, webpage, and events, we aim to provide a single source of information on work parties, trail conditions, proposed new trails/parks/projects and events. A unified organization will provide for a straightforward and efficient outlet for the community and local businesses to participate in, and donate to, a cause that will help sustain and grow the local economy as it relates to mountain biking.
Why Are We Relevant/Need Statement
HRATS was created with the goal of creating one unified voice for mountain bikers and trail advocates in the greater Hood River area. We are grateful for the vision and hard work that has come before us and view the creation of HRATS as an opportunity to unite existing local trail organizations and clubs for the greater good of the local trail systems and users.
Several notable problems exist with the system as it is:
- Current advocacy efforts are fractured and do not foster community involvement, education and growth.
- Current land management policies in notable trail systems create challenges for trail development, maintenance and improvement.
- The existing sole-source trail steward concept discourages group participation in defining, building and maintaining trails, thereby we are missing out on the ability to channel a virtual army of people willing to build and maintain trails.
- We need to be a stronger resource and partner to our local land management agencies if we are to maintain access and have a seat at the table in land access and conservation discussions. In order to do that we must be organized and unified, providing feedback and assistance as a group and working as an organization rather than many individuals.
- Our neighboring mountain bike and trail advocacy organizations (NWTA-Portland, COTA-Bend, DOD- Eugene, SATA- Salem, GOATS- Oakridge) are looking to partner and help with efforts in the Hood River Area and are hungry for an organization that will be a strong partner.