The NSMBA is proud to announce our list of 2014 Adopters. Thank you to all of our sponsors this year who are contributing to make the Shore the best place in the world to ride our bikes! For those about to shovel, we salute you!
2014 Trails Adoptions are open!
Find out how it works here.
New trails up for adoption include Forever After, High School League Trail, Sticks & Stones, Dempsey and Roadside Attraction. These, and many others, need your helping hands.
Be part of the good work in 2014!
To adopt a trail on the Shore, email TAP@nsmba.ca
I woke up to a clear and cool morning on Saturday for my first TAP Trail Day on Circuit 8, with volunteers from BC Bike Race and Adera. The torch for this trail has been passed on to me from Matt Preston, a long time builder on the Shore and famous for his work on the Bridle Path, Sticks & Stones, and Slippery Salamander. Matt has been plugging away at Circuit 8 now for a couple of years, but his education and career has him on a stint up north for a couple years. Thanks for all your work over the years Matt, we'll make sure to work twice as hard until you get back!
Matt Preston on Forever After
Circuit 8 is a trail that's tucked away in the LSCR, about a mile up the paved path. Being a bit out of the way, not many people get up to it but it's a funky little loop, and can be a good 20 minute ride when you line up every part of it. I'll add it into my ride every once and a while, when I head over from Lynn Valley to ride the Seymour trails.
The vision for all the work on Circuit 8 over the past few years has been to "bring the singletrack back". Sections of the trail get really boggy in the wet, and over time the trail has gotton wider and wider as people try to avoid the puddles.
CBC on Mt Seymour is now officially open for the season.
New woodwork replaced by Okanagan Springs in 2012.
Due to the aging woodwork on this trail, as well as the extensive amount of woodwork, the assessment this year before opening was particularly involved. Significant rot on elevated sections of trail were replaced last year by lead builder Stuart Kerr and his crew from Okanagan Springs. The new woodwork is sound and removed unnecessary risks. There are still areas of concern with expiring, low lying structure that will need replaced within the next two seasons and work will continue this year by Nukeproof and Okanagan Springs to replace expiring structures and continue ground work & drainage. The first CBC TAP day was held on May 26 to improve the eroded exit.
The NSMBA is proud to announce new partnerships with the WMBC in Bellingham Washington and FVMBA in the Fraser Valley as pilot projects in the expansion of the TAP model. "The Trail Adoption Plan has proven incredibly potent in getting the community involved in caring for our trails," Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager is excited to have two strong partners to expand the success of the program. "Both FVMBA & WMBC have a solid core of strong builders and an engaged community, this will help propel them to the next level."
Mandip Kharod from TD FEF & Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager on Dreamweaver.
On December 4th, Mandip Kharod from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) joined Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager to see first hand the environmental improvements being made through the Trail Adoption Plan. TD FEF is a key supporter of the TAP program, donating $5000 in funding for operational costs, tool purchase, signage and builder payments. The site visit to Dreamweaver on Fromme illustrated the realignment of a significantly degraded section of trail that had some particular environmental concerns, as identified by the DNV and the NSMBA. The new alignment has increased the sustainability and lessened the maintenance required as well as minimizing our footprint as the old section has been decommissioned and reclaimed by the forest. Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for the support and vision to improve the environmental conditions in our forests.
The Fall Academies are now complete. In total, the NSMBA conducted 11 Builder Academy theory sessions in 2012 delivering the curriculum to a total 187 graduates. Of the attendees, 20 are from the WMBC in Bellingham, 20 from FVMBA in the Fraser Valley and 20 from the NS Hikers/BCMC/Friends of Cypress Provincial Park/Old Growth Conservancy. Practical sessions with Build Leaders Matt Preston & Chris Barker included 5 Academy build days doing work on the North Shore trails.
On October 28th, the DNV, BC Parks, the NSMBA and the Lower Mainland Green Team worked together to naturalize the Empress Bypass as a final stage to beautify the area after the realignment and maintenance efforts led by NS Ride, Different Bikes as TAP adopters under the leadership of NSMBA Trail Builders Dan Lui & Darryl Marlatt. The trail has been greatly improved offering a better user experience while alleviating speed issues and drainage concerns. The NSMBA would like to thank the DNV, BC Parks and the Lower Mainland Green Team. For more pictures, click here.