The NSMBA, working collaboratively with the DNV, has begun Phase 1 to create a barrier free All Access MTB trail on Fromme.
The NSMBA would like to thank lululemon for their support and funding for this project. We would also like to recognize the support from North Shore Bike Shop for their efforts to reroute the mid section of the trail as well as ongoing improvements part of TAP.
"As part of lululemon's sustainability initiatives, the metta movement is a program aimed at supporting grassroots community activities that encourage people to live active, healthy lives."
Phase 1 begins with a retro fit of Bobsled.
Bobsled Restorative Plan
Tara Llanes, a North Vancouver resident who will benefit from barrier free access to trails.
“We serve our community by providing leadership and outstanding services that maintain and enhance the quality of life for residents of today and tomorrow.” – DNV Mission
The original vision and current classification of the Bobsled trail is a beginner/green trail. Some sections of the trail exceed 30% grade for a sustained distance (please see accompanying photos at the end of the Bobsled Restorative Plan document). These steep grades are out of character with the “Easy/Green Circle” difficulty rating, defined by IMBA as a 5% average to 15% maximum grade (p. 75 IMBA Trail Solutions).
This project aims to restore impacted sections of trail by realigning two sections to a reduced grade in line with beginner rating, improving and enhancing drainage.
While correcting these alignment issues to create a consistent user experience in line with difficulty ranking, the NSMBA plans to also retrofit wood bridges on the trail to create an All Access MTB trail, providing barrier free access for all mountain bikers including children, beginners and those on three wheeled bicycles like North Vancouver's Tara Llanes. The material costs required for these retrofits (and realignments) will be taken on by the NSMBA.
The scope and vision of this retrofit may be the first barrier-free All Access MTB trail of its kind in the world, ensuring the DNV will not only maintain its Vision "to be recognized as one of the most sustainable communities in the world" through this restorative work, but also serves the DNV Mission: "We serve our community by providing leadership and outstanding services that maintain and enhance the quality of life for residents of today and tomorrow."