Sad to hear of the passing Philip Keyes, the first director of the New England Mountain Bike Association, a trailblazing advocacy group and conservation partner started in Massachusetts, but now operating in all five states with 8,000 members. He held that position for 26 years. If you’ve been on a trail in New England, there’s a significant chance you’re benefitting from NEMBA’s work, frequently partnering with state and local governments, as well as other advocacy groups, from policy to trail and bridge construction.

Philip died after a motorcycle crash with another vehicle, he was nearly 64. Just last month, Bicycling Magazine had a nice interview with him looking back on his impact. I had a few chances to interact with Philip as a NEMBA member, he was a good guy and will be missed.