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Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which is dedicated to serving off road cyclists as a member of equal standing within the trail user community. Founded in 1999, our focus is to build and maintain sustainable multi-use trails, organize and encourage volunteerism and responsibility, and advocate and foster mountain biking as a healthy, environmentally sound, and sustainable activity.
To see a "typical day in the park" for a JORBA chapter please check out our National Trails Day video by Art and Ellen White below.
Our mission, specifically, is:
- Protect and promote the rights and responsibilities of cyclists as equal members of the trail user community.
- Organize volunteer work groups for conservation, development and maintenance of trails.
- Educate bicyclists in the safe and responsible use of off road bicycling.
- Promote the appreciation of and care for public lands.
- Educate concerning appropriate off road bicycle access to public lands.
- Assist in the formation and affiliation of new and existing local bicycle groups.
- Link all affiliated local and regional groups with similar purposes.
- Perform research relating to mountain biking.
- Act as a liaison between and among public land users and land managers.
- Be a partner for open space conservancy and for recreational trails management.
- Be a resource for parks and recreational land management.
JORBA's By Laws can be viewed here.
In a sea of advertising, advocacy and acronyms, why JORBA? Why now? Why does a Mountain Biker with any number of years on the trail need to be a member of the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association? Truth is, you may not NEED us at all, but we need you. We could use some extra hands. For every mile of single track, there is a handful of JORBA members whose opinions, insights and sweat went into that trail's creation.
Every park that features an epic day of riding probably has JORBA members tirelessly campaigning and working to keep the trails open to Mountain Bikers. The 80/20 rule states that at any given time, 20% of the people are doing 80% of the work. We are the vital few and we need your help in shaping the future of mountain biking in the state of New Jersey. Now what can we offer you?
What can JORBA do for a new rider?
We are Mountain Bikers. We have a passion for the sport and everything that goes along with it. Take advantage of beginner skills clinics where you can learn invaluable information on everything from hopping logs or riding a skinny to routine bike maintenance and safety checks. Do you find yourself running the same tired route through your local park? Get a tour of your local park's best trails or find a group ride and master the trails of a new park. This state has a lot to offer. Come meet the people who have seen and in many cases, built the trails that make epic days in the saddle possible.
What can JORBA do for a seasoned rider?
You've been around. You've had some great rides, met great people and made some lasting memories. You have opinions. You know the difference between a great trail and one that leaves you wanting more. We offer ways to make your opinions known. It's simple. We plan, build and ride sustainable trails. We want your assistance in sculpting the parks we all love to ride. We want to hear from people who have great ideas and share a vision for the future of Mountain Biking.
Today, more than ever, it would be nice to know that your vote counts and your voice will be heard. Join a team that is committed to advancing Mountain Biking in the State of New Jersey. You Dig? We do.
International Mountain Bicycling Association Affiliation
JORBA is the IMBA affiliate for New Jersey. IMBA’s vast knowledge and expertise supports our efforts and they act as our mentor for off road bicycling advocacy on the local level as well as national and international level. We advocate and respect IMBA’s Rules of the Trail:
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
JORBA was incorporated in 1999 to represent the rights of off-road bicyclists in New Jersey, and to coordinate and promote volunteer efforts. One program that JORBA coordinates, the internationally recognized Pay Dirt program has been instrumental in motivating mountain bike racers to "give back" to the trails in the form of regular trail maintenance for point credits in their standings.
501(c)3 Status and Non-Profit Documents
JORBA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization (tax ID: 22-3667526). Donations to JORBA are tax-deductible where allowable by law. If you need our tax-exempt certificates, please review our documentation here:
JORBA maintains its own liability insurance thru Insurance Services of Westlake. A copy of the Certificate of Insurance can be found here: COI