SORBA-Orlando Welcome to SORBA-Orlando! The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association-Orlando Florida (SORBA-Orlando) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) mountain biking organization with over 500 local members. We are one of twenty-one chapters of SORBA/IMBA, which has a total membership of over 30,000 members spanning the United States. SORBA covers Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. Although we are extremely fortunate to have many miles of great trails to ride in this area, improper trail use in other areas of the country or sometimes vigilant environmental or hiking groups has led to trail closures (see www.imba.com or www.sorba.org for details). Consequently, our goal is to promote mountain biking through trail advocacy, trail maintenance, education, special events, and group rides. Trail Advocacy We promote trail advocacy by - • Developing a good working relationship with local land managers who control the recreational use of the land: U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Parks & Recreation, Lake County, Orange County, Seminole County, and Brevard County. • Advocating and then pursuing the development of new trails in our area • Providing feedback on trail use, conditions and improvements to the land managers • Conducting trail maintenance to keep the trails in good condition • Promoting safe biking and proper trail use Trail Use What can you do to ensure proper trail use? • Try not to ride the trails when they are too wet, it causes erosion and damages the trail (learn which local trails were properly built to shed water – these trails can usually be ridden without damage after a light rain) • Ride in the middle of the trail and learn to pedal over the obstacles – fallen trees, roots, rocks, etc; riding around the obstacle will widen the trail and contribute to erosion, walk your bike over obstacles you cannot ride • Do not create additional trails unless we have the express permission of the land manager to do so • Do not create a bypass trail around a fallen tree (a practice frowned upon by all land managers in the area) step off your bike if the tree is not rideable, navigate the downed tree and report the tree to the trail advocate, trail committee or to the local chapter president as soon as possible. • Follow the IMBA – Rules of the Trail