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DMBinS Project Progress Report 2015 – 2018

In December 2009, the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) project was launched with three key objectives: to increase participation in mountain biking, to achieve sporting success, and to increase tourism and economic growth.

We approached that task by, bringing together partners from many different areas including land managers, the environment, business and sport. It encouraged each partner to think outside its own particular area of focus, and to consider the wider opportunities for all. The project has pursued an ambitious and wide-ranging strategy that was written in 2010. We last reported on our progress in 2014.

We have always been very aware of the investment that the DMBinS project has attracted, and determined to make sure that we used that investment to the best possible effect. Scottish taxpayers invested financially in us through public agency funding; our partners and many others involved in mountain biking have invested their time, imagination, skills and energy. We have worked hard to give all of these groups and individuals a great return on those investments, and we hope that, after reading this report on our progress, you will agree that we have been successful in that aim to date.

Ultimately, this was all possible because Scotland’s mountain biking community is so deeply committed to our activity. Riders, agencies, industry – all of them were keen to volunteer their time, ideas and experience to improve mountain biking for themselves and others.

We are keen to build on the successes of the last few years and to this end we launched our draft Strategy for 2019 – 2025 at the recent Scottish Mountain Bike Conference and are in the process of compiling all the feedback received, We aim to launch the new Strategy at the end of February.

Our goals for the future are ambitious but we believe, achievable. Scotland is blessed with many assets that other countries can only dream of: a superb landscape and natural heritage that draws visitors from all over the world; renowned international events; a great network of natural and purpose-built trails; unrivalled outdoor access legislation; a worldwide and growing reputation as a great place to do business; a vibrant and innovative commercial sector; and much more. This is all fertile ground on which to grow the country’s status as a true world-leader in mountain biking – a goal which remains at the top of our list of objectives for the future.

If you would like to read our Project Progress Report – please download here.

If you would like to read the draft Strategy for 2019 – 2025 – please download here.