VIDEO of the council presentation on Monday September 17th when the NSMBA's Mark Wood & Mathew Bond present "A Community Driven Model for Sustainable Trail Maintenance". Simply click on the 'film' icon in red after opening the link below. Section 2 has many friends of the NSMBA voicing their support, plus some other interesting presentations. The NSMBA Presentation and ensuing dialogue with Council can be seen by viewing section 5. Thank you again to everyone who came out to support our efforts and to the DNV Council for considerate dialogue on our proposal. Special thanks goes out to Ben Campbell-Barry and Phil Bradshaw for their expertise and dedication to seeing through the completion of the Business Case. The NSMBA is pleased to see that Council has asked the DNV Financial Department and Staff to assess the proposal.
At 7:00pm on Monday, September 17th, Mathew Bond and Mark Wood of the NSMBA will be presenting this plan to District of North Vancouver council at 355 West Queens Road in North Vancouver to seek support through funding and partnership. Please join us at council chambers to voice your support. There is opportunity for Public Input as part of the agenda. Arrive early, sign up at 6:30pm for a 2 minute time slot to ensure your voice is heard.
Ongoing funding for trail maintenance is the first step in securing a world-class trail network for today and into our future.
Please sign our petition to show your support. If you are a District of North Vancouver resident, a hard copy of the petition will soon be available in your local bike shop.
Mark your calendars! The next installment of the 2012 NSMBA Toonies is coming up on Saturday, September 1st. This is one of the longest courses of the year, starting just below 7th Secret, and following Leppard, Kirkford, Crinkum Crankum and Upper Griffen down the flank of Fromme before the final dash up King of the Shore to the water towers. View the course map here. We need course marshals and first aid volunteers for this event, so please contact us if you're available to help.
Early Saturday morning, volunteers and racers made their way up Fromme for the Toonie Race. At 10:00am sharp, racers were on the course with times ranging between 18 and 44 minutes. Thanks to Steed Cycles for keeping us company at registration, and Waves Coffee - Lynn Valley for getting the caffeine going early!
Mark Saturday, September 1st on your calanders for the next Toonie Race. We'll start again at 7th Secret, but stay on for the whole ride down Leppard, Krinkum Krankum, Upper Griffen and up KOTS to the water towers.
North Vancouver residents rate outdoor trails as their highest recreational priority, even above ice rinks, soccer fields and swimming pools. Why then is funding for the maintenance and construction of trails so hard to come by?
The NSMBA is preparing a business case for the annual funding of a trail crew for the North Shore, and we need your help!
Your role could be:
collecting and analyzing user data (trail counts, user surveys, literature review)
researching best practices (what models for funded trail maintenance already exist)
evaluating different options for the program (cost/benefit, risk identification/mitigation, stakeholder sensativity analysis)
Anyone is welcome to assist. Volunteers with experience developing business cases, or a background in planning, finance or management would be an asset.
We will be reviewing the business case with municipal staff mid-August, and presenting to Council mid-September.
Annual funding for trails is a critical step in ensuring everyone will continue to have access to the trail network we all love. Please help spread the word to help us move together in the right direction. Please respond to email@example.com
Submitted by Andrew@nsmba on Sat, 2012-07-14 09:33
With a generous donation from Norco, NSMBA builders Mark Wood and Matt Preston replaced the aged bridge on Cabin Trail. The bridge goes over a swamp area and had seen better days! This bridge see frequent traffic from multiple user groups including hikers, dog walkers, and of course mountain bikers.
Approximately 80 feet of woodwork was created using thick cedar slats, stringers and massive (up to 300 pound) sleepers. The new bridge is a solid construction boasting thick slats with rock armour placed at both the entrance and the exit. We estimate this bridge to last another 15-20 years.
The NSMBA would like to thank Norco for their support of this project that improves the trail experience for many users.
Arc’teryx gets down to business on the massive Dreamweaver reroute. Trail building never looked so good.
Entering the second half of the year, the NSMBA Trail Adoption Plan has hit full stride. Already this year, a tremendous amount of work has been completed with TAP collectively accounting for a total of 40 trail days to date. An army of community driven volunteers have taken up the charge with shovels, pulaskis, Macleods and mattocks, led by 15 TAP Builders. Never before have the trails on the North Shore seen such a concentrated amount of work in such a short period.
BC Bike Race is hoping for their best kids race ever this year. Last year they had over 120 kids! Everyone gets a racer plate & a medal, prizes for best costumes and all around a good family friendly event.