ESIMBA beautifies Delmarva bike trails
April 10, 2018
The Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association (ESIMBA) is a local non-profit organization that has been a part of our community for nearly a decade, with a mission to create, enhance, and protect natural surface trails, or mountain biking trails. ESIMBA provides service hours for young volunteers, creates trails in local parks and YMCAs, and aims to teach biking safety to the community.
Beginning in 2009, a local group of cycling enthusiasts came together to form the Eastern Shore Bicycle Association (ESBA), after noticing many trails in and around their communities were unkempt, not challenging, or simply non-existent. The organization worked with community members and traveled to regional mountain biking events to gain experience from mountain biking groups, and to become well-versed in the craft of renewing and creating trails.
In November of 2011, the ESBA decided to merge with the International Mountain Biking Association to become the ESIMBA. The ESIMBA is now proud to say it is one of 200 chapters worldwide and is comprised of over 30,000 members. Together the group promotes low impact riding, innovative trail management solutions, and construction of fun and safe paths.
With the Pocomoke YMCA at the heart of the organization’s efforts, the ESIMBA has been able to utilize its 100 plus acres of property. As of February 2012, the association has created nearly five miles of trail for the community to enjoy. The group plans to continue building on this land, as it believes it has the potential to house 10 to 12 miles of trail.
The work, so far, has been completed by dedicated community members and volunteers. In the process, the group has been able to educate and provide skills and knowledge back to the community, unique to its cause. Also located at the YMCA, ESIMBA sponsors monthly family biking events and fun-spirited races, which get people outside and gives them the opportunity to make use of the trails. ESIMBA also uses events such as “take a kid mountain biking day” as a platform to showcase the fun of mountain biking.
Besides the YMCA, ESIMBA has created trails in Salisbury, Ocean Pines, and Newtown. The organization is happy to announce its new endeavor known as the Wheel House, a bicycle redistribution center in Salisbury. At the Wheel House, donated bikes will be housed and restored for the use of the ESIMBA bike safety course or given to a person in need.
Community members involved in the ESIMBA have dedicated lots of time and hard work into creating usable and beautiful trails for everyone to enjoy. In the future, it aims to make more accessible travel bike paths as well, such as the path that connects Berlin, Ocean City, and Assateague Island. ESIMBA works to better our community and, in doing so, brings people together to take pleasure in the outdoors and learn more about their passion for biking