I have to agree with Indyfabz here. It's not that hard to find the forums, and I have them on my favorites so they open right up there. Maybe it's not designed as well as could be, but modern technology seems to often not comply with my "best wishes/case" scenario. Some of the previous posts seem to come from an anger a little out of proportion to the level of the problem, almost like the ACA folks are purposely trying to frustrate us users. I don't think there is any such malicious intent. I have met many of the staffers on a ride and in the office and appreciate their work, friendliness and commitment to the advancement of bike travel. So, fix this little problem, keep up the good work, and move on.
Disclosure: I do not work for ACA, nor do I have any relatives who do. I do, however, often ride in an ACA jersey, which I like for its visibility, durability, and fit. I bought it at the ACA office in Missoula on the end of Ride Montana in 2009, where I was invited in and given a nice tour of the facilities and met some of the staff there. I guess I therefore do consider them to be friends, although I'm sure none of them remember me!
Thanks johnsondasw. We definitely are not trying to frustrate users or lower the traffic in the forums. We do many different things at Adventure Cycling Association and each of those items has to be considered when deciding what is placed on the homepage. The forums are one of our resources and that is why the link to it is located in that section of the site navigation. We do promote the forums in many other ways as well.
Overall, traffic on the forums has been pretty consistent over the last few years. Page views are actually at an all time high. The drop in new threads and posts occurred two to three years ago when other forms of social media really took off. There is plenty of competition these days between personal blogs, facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, etc... There is a wealth of information contained in these forums and often people can find what they need by searching instead of starting a new thread.
The big thing that makes a forum successful is the community that participates in it, so I would like to thank everyone for participating in this forum and for helping to share information about bicycle travel.