I received an email reply from Amy Fast, the owner of Crumpit Woods (along with her father, Bob Fast) regarding the rezoning of portions of Crumpit Woods. Specifically, I asked her if she could speak to rumours regarding the possible logging of the Crumpit riding area. Here is her response:
"In terms of your logging comment, we were not aware of these recent community discussions. Portions of our property will be logged at some point, and much will likely coincide with development. The District is rezoning the northern portion of our property to Resource from RS-1 (future residential neighbourhood). This portion of the property sits outside of the growth management boundary. The OCP states that future residential neighbourhoods are identified for long term growth, and they are not required to meet housing needs within the next 5 years, nor are they intended to accommodate major growth until substantial completion of residential infill development opportunities have occurred. The OCP indicates that land uses such as industrial activities should be considered for lands outside of the growth management boundary. In this case, logging would align with this zoning, and may be considered in the future, however, there are no immediate plans for logging activity on this parcel.
We look forward to engaging with the 99 Trials Association throughout the Sub Area Plan process for our property."
The trials community and the Fasts have always enjoyed a good relationship, and we will continue to support the Fasts, so stay tuned for further updates...
July 30, 2020
Crumpit Woods Rezoning update
I logged into this Tuesday's (July 28) public hearing regarding the rezoning of North Crumpit (plus 22 other rezoning bylaws). As you all know, 99 Trials sent a letter to the District regarding four parcels of land they had proposed for rezoning.
I also read many of the letters sent in response to the proposed rezoning of North Crumpit. The letters, sent by a variety of stakeholders and the landowners (Bob and Amy Fast, who have always been lovely to the trials community) OVERWHELMINGLY opposed the rezoning. Common themes (including some of those expressed in our letter) included concern for environmental and recreational values, why the rezoning was so rushed, what the rezoning even meant, the fact that public consultation felt rushed and incomplete, etc. I tried to look up RM-5 in the District's zoning bylaw, and it's not there, so the District was both creating a new zoning AND trying to apply that new zoning to a land parcel.
And just to be clear, the District initiated this proposed rezoning, not the Fasts. During the public hearing, Bob Fast stated that his company had already committed to a sub-area planning process for the North Crumpit parcel (within the Valleycliff neighborhood sub-area plan). The sub-area planning exercise is a much better vehicle for community consultation. In our letter, we said that we would like to appoint one club representative to this planning process.
Given the opposition to the rezoning of North Crumpit and some of the other lands in the large package of rezoning bylaws, Council did not actually hold a vote on Tuesday night. This is good, because the bylaw was up for 3rd reading, and if it had received that, it's as good as adopted. Council has put the proposed rezoning bylaw (s) on the Sept.1 Council meeting agenda for consideration. I am not sure what that means, but we will stay on top of it.
I also asked a question at the public hearing. I asked Mayor and Council to speak to the rumour about the Fast's plans to clear-cut the North Crumpit parcel, and if any such plans were at least somewhat out of frustration with the District (which would be understandable). Mayor Elliot said she could only speak to the rezoning, but as a potential unintended consequence of rezoning North Crumpit, I think at some point the District should speak to this issue. I have also reached out to Amy Fast, but have not heard back from her yet.
July 24, 2020
Hi folks, there are some proposals in with the District of Squamish to rezone some of the lands in the Valleycliffe / Crumpit Woods riding area. There is a public hearing at the District of Squamish on July 26 at 6 pm. You can log in to the virtual public hearing at this link, and you can speak for 5 minutes if you wish to do so.
The lands in question were originally zoned for residential single-family development, but the District wants to substantially increase the density on the land (to a multi-family zoning). The land owner is very unhappy about this. There is a rumour going around town that the landowner is going to log the property, but for now, let's leave it as a rumour. I have reached out to the landowner to see if she will have a chat with Spencer and I, to see if we can get more information...
Here is the text of the letter I sent to the District today, in advance of next week's public hearing. And stay tuned to this post, as I will update it when we know more.
July 24, 2020
To Mayor and Council,
This letter is sent in response to the District’s scheduled July 28, 2020 public hearings for the following Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment [rezoning] bylaws:
1. OCP amendment bylaw # 2731, 2020: proposed rezoning from RS-1 to RM-5
affected lands: North Crumpit parcel and Newport Ridge parcel
a) Our concern with this parcel is the potential loss of all or a portion of the extensive network of trails within it. These trails are enjoyed by a variety of users in addition to trials motorcycles, including mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, etc. Many of these trails were built by the trials riding community, and maintained by same. When a development permit application is eventually submitted for this parcel, our club would like to participate in any land use decisions concerning trails.
We wish to work with the District and the developer on the preservation of existing trails where possible, and where some trails will be lost to development, we will help with the location, design and construction of connector trails that can keep the remaining trail network as a contiguous whole. This approach worked well with the Crumpit Woods subdivision, and we ask that the same approach be utilized when the North Crumpit parcel goes through the development review and approval process.
b) With respect to the proposed rezoning from RS-1 to RM-5, it was always our understanding that this parcel would be developed as a single-family subdivision. With this proposed significant increase in density, there should be a trade-off in the form of additional green space (in other words, the trade-off for development of the North Crumpit parcel with such high density is a commensurate level of green space protection). In particular, we support item 10.6 (h) of the OCP (page 41): Provide opportunities for the integration and public enjoyment of natural areas and support low-impact, sustainable recreation where appropriate and without adversely affecting environmentally sensitive areas.
2. OCP amendment bylaw # 2738, 2020. Proposed rezoning of unsurveyed Crown land from RS-1 to Resource (RE).
Location: northeast quadrant of Valleycliffe, bounded to the west by the Powerhouse Access Road.
Our comment for Parcel A is the same as comment 1(a) above. Parcel A contains a significant trail network, and Parcel B is used as a staging area for a variety of user groups (trials riders, quads, dirt bikes, etc.).
3. OCP amendment bylaw # 2737, 2020. Proposed rezoning of private land from RS-1 to Resource (RE). Parcel is connected to the northeastern boundary of the North Crumpit parcel (OCP amendment bylaw # 2731, 2020).
Our comment is the same as comment 1(a) above. As with the parcels discussed in item 1 and 2 above, this subject parcel represents a significant portion of the Valleycliffe trail network.
We also have a two general comments on future development planning and project review in Squamish.
1. We would like to be a stakeholder participant for the Valleycliffe sub-area plan. This plan is identified in the OCP (page 35). In particular, we recognize item 9.4(d) (viii) as an area where we could provide valuable input: inventory of existing recreational values and opportunities for protection and enhancement of trail corridors, parks, open space, and greenway corridors.
When this sub-area plan commences, our club would be happy to appoint a representative to the planning committee.
2. There is a large number of rezoning applications proposed this summer, with 23 scheduled just for the July 28 public hearing. This large number of applications puts a burden on local clubs, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individual stakeholders to review each bylaw and see which of the 23 require a response / comment. This pressure is compounded by the District holding a virtual public hearing, as opposed to an in-person session in Council Chambers. While we understand that the reality of covid-19 imposes these virtual meetings, it is unfair to stakeholders if the District expects that a virtual public hearing on 23 rezoning bylaws represents an appropriate level of stakeholder consultation. Covid-19 has slowed many important activities, including elective surgeries and provincial court proceedings. At this time, it only seems reasonable for the District to slow the pace of development such that more time can be given to legally mandated and meaningful public consultation.
We appreciate the opportunity to comment on these proposed rezoning bylaws. The motorcycle trials terrain in Squamish is world-class, and with 901 members on our private Facebook page (99 Trials), trials riders represent an important stakeholder group in Squamish. With our long history of trail construction (which many other user groups enjoy) and maintenance, we also believe that we have standing in land use decisions within the municipality. We are grateful for the privilege of riding within some areas of the District boundary, and we look forward to participating in important land use decisions as the municipality grows.
Francesca (Chessy) Knight, President
Date Posted: Jul. 24th, 2020
July 24, 2020
Hi gang, we have been working with Trail Forks a,d SORCA (Squamish Off Road Cycling Association) staff to make sure the trials presence in Squamish is still recognized and respected. Andrew DeBoer is the 99 Trials Club administrator for Conroy Forest and north (think Whistler area), and I am the admin for south of Conroy (think Squamish down to Britannia). Here is what I have added on TF thus far:
Garibaldi Highlands riding area: while mountain bike remains the primary activity for most of the trails in the Highlands, trials moto is listed as an "allowed use" on these trails. I also added a general note on the Alice Lake / Highlands overview map that trail users (mostly mountain bikers). Before doing this, TF made it appear that trials motos were not allowed in the Highlands, and this is definitely not the case.
I have added a similar general note on the Valleycliffe/Crumpit Woods overview map about the presence of trials riders on the trails.
I have created a PayPal account so that folks using TF can donate to our club. Previously, folks could only donate to SORCA. I have sent our club PayPal account info to TF so hopefully that donation capability will be live soon.
If there are other things you want edited or changed, please let me or Andrew know.If you want a trail uploaded you can send either of us the gps file and we can do that. Converesly, if you want something hidden, let us know.
I have to say, I am not crazy about TF, I think it is creating an over-capacity situation on our trail network, and it's heavily biased toward mountain biking. But it's here to stay, so we are doing our best to make our voice heard.
Date Posted: Jul. 24th, 2020
Loss of riding area in Belcarra Park (Ioco)
August 18, 2020
Hi folks, here is a proposed response to the closure of the Belcarra Park riding area that 99 Trials sent to the executive at CPTA.
To the CPTA executive: CPTA response to report and to termination of our lease in Belcarra Park
General comments to address in our response:
1. Get dealers involved, signing a letter of response: Cascade, Mountain Motorcycle, Honda Centre, MotoTrials West (I can approach shops up here as well for their support). Maybe they would be willing to speak to the economic benefits of their businesses and the sport of moto trials.
2. Copy letter to MLA Rick Glumac and MP Nelly Shin.
3. Address the letter of response to the MetroVan Park Board Chair and the Mayor and Council of Port Moody (I think our riding area in the park is all within the city boundaries of Port Moody). We can also copy Mayor and Council of Anmore and Belcarra. Also, after submission of our letter, request to appear in front of Mayor and Council to present our case and ask them to reconsider the Park Board’s decision.
4. Stakeholder consultation: Strategy 8 of the MetroVan Regional Parks Plan (2016): “Effectively engage with member municipalities, First Nations and stakeholders on regional park plans, policies and programs.” We know this was not done, and we need to speak to it. If we don’t have stakeholder status in Belcarra Park, I don’t know who does!
5. Provide a brief history of the club’s time on the property. Trials motorcycles were on the property when the park was founded (1969-1970 for park designation, 1971 for the founding of the CPTA). I don’t think we need to provide a ton of detail here, just enough to emphasize our long history on the property and the fact that we should have standing when decisions are being made about park use.
6. MV Parks Regional Parks Plan designates high level performance measures, one of which is volunteer hours. We can discuss number of club members and number of volunteer hours maintaining trails, probably best not to include the hours for putting on events unless you guys think that would be good.
7. Discuss our understanding that with increasing development and recreational pressure on the park, and changing times, we know we need to change some of our practices. We can say that we are willing to work with MetroVan on development of park-specific best management practices for trail maintenance and land stewardship. I have lots of ideas, but don’t want to go into too much detail here unless MV is interested. We can say that we have a Registered Professional Biologist in our club membership and she would be happy to help CPTA Exec. And MV Board to develop these BMPs. Other off-road motorcycle clubs have done this with great success (e.g., Blue Mountain Moto Club).
8. Approach Tsleil – Watuth Nation: explain our history in the area, what we can offer the band (e.g., youth riding opportunities), and whether they could support our remaining in the park. Maybe we could bring Starla Smeeth with us to show the importance of trials not just to youth, but also to women.
9. Liability issues were apparently brought up by MV as one reason to kick us out. I suggest that we approach the city of Port Moody (and MV Parks) to request that the province apply the ORV registration and insurance requirements to trials bikes ridden in the park. While the registration and insurance apply on Crown land FSRs (as you know), local governments can request that it apply to regional parks that are within their boundaries. I think this would be a really good move to show that we take MV’s liability concerns seriously.
10. Mitigation and compromise ideas to present to MetroVan: overall, we do not expect to ride in Ioco; we consider it a privilege.
a. More education to Metro Van park board:
trials motorcycles are very low impact on the trails (no greater than mountain bikes, and perhaps less than mountain bikes because mountain bikers vastly outnumber trials bikes). In addition, the current trend in mountain biking to lock up the rear brake and create a slide of the rear tire creates additional damage to trails that many of us who rode mountain bikes in the "ride, don't slide" era frowned upon. Trials bikes are not dirt bikes, and create much less impact on the trails. Christy, this is a good chance to say what the FIM might be doing to study the impacts of trials bikes.
trials bikes leave little impact for two reasons: 1) we run very low tire pressures, 3-4 psi in the back and 5-6 up front. A four-inch wide rear tire at 3 psi just squishes over the terrain. Also, trials bikes obtain traction with the ground in a very different manner than dirt bikes (AKA motocross bikes, enduro bikes, etc). Dirt bike tires are a harder rubber compound, and the characteristic big knobbie tires are designed to dig into the ground, thus allowing the bike to "push off" from the ground. With less-experienced dirt bikers, this creates the characteristic deep ruts in the trails that many folks associate with dirt bikes. Trials bikes, on the other hand, obtain traction by "sticking" to the ground, and the soft, low-air tires form to the terrain.
b. We could raise membership and event fees and give 50% to MetroVan to go towards park maintenance/signage, etc. This may not be popular with our membership, but if we can all afford trials bikes, I think we can afford to double our membership and event fees if it means we can keep the riding area.
c. Limit the number of riders on the weekend. Again, I know this won’t be popular, but it seems like it was working through coivd-19? So, if your last name starts with A-M, you can ride Saturday, N-Z you can ride Sunday, or something like that…
d. We could work with MetroVan on a plan to reduce the overall size of the riding area and/or designate certain areas for holding events, and no events outside these areas. Also, we could commit to not building any new trails.
e. Trials motorcycle manufacturers are continuing to develop and refine electric trials bikes. In future (a few years, 10 years??), electric bike price and function will be such that many folks will likely switch over to electric. I want to be careful here, because I don’t know that we want to commit ourselves to all electric by a certain time…
f. Parking: Christy, you had some good ideas which I did not write down… can you and Ron fill in here?
Specific report comments to report that MetroVan prepared in support of closing the riding area:
1. Who authored the report? Fieldwork was conducted in Fall 2018… why was the CPTA not contacted about this and allowed to participate in the study?
2. They study makes no reference to the CPTA’s practice of decommissioning heavily ridden areas; we need the chance to explain this practice.
3. The red-listed and blue-listed ecosystem types included in Table 1 have that conservation status because so much of this habitat has been removed by the logging industry. Belcarra Park is no exception.
4. Overall, I get the impression that the report was written to justify a pre-determined decision to kick us out. In other words, data were gathered to support MV’s wish to terminate our lease. The data presented in the report do not actually point to a conclusion one way or the other on whether moto trials should be allowed to continue in the park. The sampling was biased to select our most impacted trails, and is not representative of our trail spectrum.
5. Discuss other examples within MetroVan where trail erosion is a bigger problem (e.g., Grouse Grind, Baden Powell Trail… Ron, could you take this one?).
May 3, 2020: Hi gang, it is with great sadness that I pass along this news from the CPTA:
"On Tuesday March 28, 2020 CPTA Executive members Guy Smeeth (President), Ted McDowall (Treasurer) and David Cameron (Director of Sustainability) met by voice conferencing as requested with Mike Redpath (Head of Metro Vancouver Parks) and Steven Schaffrick (Head of the Central Region of Metro Parks) to discuss the current and future use of the Belcarra Park lands.
It was announced that Metro Parks is terminating the lease with CPTA effective February 28, 2022. This means we will have use of the Park land for another 22 months as of this date, after which we must vacate the area and neither ride or hold events in Belcarra Park lands.
It was directed that effective immediately no further trail building or maintenance is to be performed in the Park.
During the meeting we asked if there was any negotiation for a portion of the land or for conciliation; they said no, it was a decision that came as a directive from the Metro Vancouver Board (which is made up of 42 members of the elected municipal officials in the Metro Vancouver Region) that voted to terminate our lease. They stated that they will be increasing the trail systems in the Park due to public demand and that motorcycles are not a good fit within the Park land, not to mention the liability issues.
Your Executive is still trying to make sense of the announcement from Metro Parks and is actively looking into what our next steps will be. We will provide updates as time progresses. We encourage members to submit any suggestions to email@example.com; all ideas will be considered."
The CPTA has produced a map showing what lands are BC Hydro's (which we can presumably still ride; these are marked with a blue bounday and say "Leased area for CPTA) and what lands are in Belcarra Park (which we have been able to use via a lease with Metro Van Parks). Based on my knowledge of the riding area, we are losing about 70-75% of our total riding area. This loss is huge!
Please send me any ideas you have on what we can do and I will get them to CPTA folks (e.g., letter to MLA, getting support from other moto clubs and shops, etc.). Or, you can email CPTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of suggestions is being compiled.
This just shows how important off-road motorcycle clubs are. We cannot ever, ever think that any given riding area will always be available. Change is inevitable... we must be vigilant, nimble and ready to stand up for ourselves. I am deeply saddened by this news from the CPTA, and I am sure many of you are as well.
check this event periodically for updates on how the covid-19 virus pandemic is affecting trials riding in the Sea 2 Sky corridor:
April 19, 2020: Please don't ride Britannia for the next month or so. We have reports that parking restrictions are in place for now, and riders' vehicles have been towed. Dr. Bonny Henry did a presentation Friday, April 17, showing data that suggest BC is doing well with flattening the curve in our province. She stated that current social distancing measures will be in place until the end of April, and the BC CDC will continue to asses the data to determine wether our trend will continue. In the event that it does, she stated that some relaxation of social distancing measures are one of the CDC's goals. We won't be going back to pre-covid activities, but let's hope for some easing of some restrictions which might enable safe (and legal) access to Britannia again.
Also, the CPTA executive has, for very good reason, put restrictions on the number of riders that can access the Ioco riding area at any one time. So, for those of you in the city who may want to come up to the corridor to ride, keep in mind that all the same social distancing measures are just as important up here. In particular, note that the Crumpit Woods riding area is on private land and the staging area is in a residential neighborhood. Please keep your group small (3 or fewer would be ideal), spread yourselves out in the parking area, and be very polite to residents. We want to represent the trials community as aware and concerned for the safety of everyone. If the parking/staging area in Crumpit receives parking restrictions from the District of Squamish, we will let you know.
April 21, 2020: Here is an update on the staging/parking situation in Britannia.
There are only two signs if you are heading toward Goat Ridge Drive; one is located just before the main bridge over Britannia Creek on the low road just as you pass the fire hall. The other is located at the bottom of Goat Ridge Drive. The signs say "STOP Covid-19 Local Use Only". They were put up by locals, not by Coastal Health, SLRD, etc. And there is no mention of towing. As well, I checked with the SLRD and none of the roads that we typically use for parking and staging (e.g., Goat Ridge Drive) are strata titled... in other words, they are public roads, not private. Long story short... the locals do not have any authority to tow visitors' vehicles, so I am wondering how that is even working.
There are two trail closure signs, and they have the SLRD logo on them. One sign is located on Goat Ridge Drive if you were to drop onto the trail to access Half-Whip side; the other is located at the trailhead at Britannia Creek, just past Goat Ridge drive turn -off, where the dumpsters used to be. This is the other point of entry for accessing Half Whip, G-string, etc.
Finally, if you are heading toward Goat access, Bucket of Nails, etc. there is a homemade sign at the entrance to Bucket of Nails access that says "Stop! Local traffic only, no access to trails permitted, vehicles subject to towing.".
So there you have it... I don't know how and to what extent vehicles are being towed, as there is no regulatory body (like a government or the RCMP, etc) that has sanctioned or required towing. I think that all safety measures pertaining to covid-19 should apply to any riding area right now, but I don't see how a small group staging on the roads in Britannia are a problem. There is lots of room to stage and folks can stay very spread out, but that's just my opinion. Please use your own good judgement.
You can see pictures of the signs on our 99 Trials Facebook page.
Shannon Basin land use planning: check for periodic updates
Shannon Basin land use planning
June 16, 2021
Re: Shannon Basin Stakeholder group meeting 2021-06-11
The Shannon Basin, near the head of Howe Sound, is a popular year-round recreation destination for Squamish locals, many British Columbians and international tourists alike. The Province realizes visitation is increasing, and is working to develop a Visitor Use Management Strategy for the Shannon Basin that supports sustainable recreation use while also protecting the area’s important First Nations cultural values and interests, and environmental and wildlife values.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Province is partnering with Squamish Nation, in collaboration with BC Parks, on this project. The Fraser Basin Council is assisting as an impartial facilitator with outreach and engagement with stakeholders and the public.
The scope of this project is focused on recreation, or “visitor use,” and is guided by existing management direction. It builds on previous land use planning efforts, including the 2008 Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan 1 and land use agreements between the Province and First Nations.
Outcomes of this project will include a visitor use management strategy and a monitoring plan. The strategy will include a vision for the Shannon Basin area and an action plan to achieve desired resource conditions within the area. This may result in changes to commercial recreation tenure management plans, and guidance for future Adventure Tourism applicants regarding appropriate activities in the area. Recommendations may be made to improve manage¬ment within the Stawamus Chief and Shannon Falls Provincial Parks.
Questions and comments during the presentation were:
How does this dovetail with the plans for a community forest in the same watershed?
A: This comes up quite a bit, but has yet to be fully addressed. (SF comment: It would almost appear from what was presented that there is not a lot of direct engagement between the two different groups at this stage.)
Comment from Kirby Brown, Sea to Sky Gondola: There was no mention of mechanized/motorized in the vision for the basin.
A: This is to be addressed in future planning. (SF comment: Kirby Brown with Sea to Sky Gondola specifically singled out the trials community as being one that they are very happy to work with. There have to date been no complaints or incidents in regards to trials motorcycles, which is in contrast to the various issues, and incidents they have had with dirt bikers. He stated that a family was “nearly killed” by a dirt biker that was going excessively fast on the gravel FSR that is also used by gondola customers)
Comment from Spencer Fitschen, 99 Trials Association: One of the draft management actions was to develop trail strategy and best practices guide for climbing areas. It was asked why a best practices guide was only being considered for the climbing areas.
A: It was suggested that this was an oversight, and not intentional. Best practices guides for the development of the landscape for the various user groups and activities would be developed.
Comment from a presenter: There will be no recreational development within critical wildlife habitat. (SF comment: not much flesh on these bones. I could go on about a lack of resourcing to identify critical habitat and enforcement of rogue activities, but we are all aware of these issues.)
The Ebike issue also raised it’s ugly head, just as a comment with no resolution.
BC Parks is having many issues with mountain bike trails in Stawamus Chief Park, including a trail heading towards the third peak. Every time they close/decommission one, another appears. (SF comment: I would suggest that even if we as a community did not contribute to the construction of a trail that ventured into Stawamus Chief Park, we really need to not ride these trail(s). Having a trials tire print on these trails for parks staff to view states that we “approve of” a trail that clearly ventures into a park where mechanized/motorized users are not permitted.) If you are not sure whether you are in the park, please bring your GPS.
There are many groups eager to develop in this watershed, but the moratorium on tenure applications is still in place and will not be removed until the Squamish Nation gives their blessing. They are undertaking archaeological investigations and other “due diligence”. Some big questions remain, one being the community forest and how this planning process will recognize the seemingly incongruent activity.
I also got the feeling based from various comments that were raised that some people around the table were thinking that an organization – commercial or otherwise – may be the best to eventually manage the area outside of government. My gut says that Sea to Sky Gondola would like to be that organization. It could easily be argued that the interest in the Shannon Basin is a direct result of their investment in the gondola, making access easy for others to capitalize on.
I am still of the opinion that this planning process needs to stay clear of Goat Ridge and the Britannia valley. We as a group do not need additional pressure of connections between the two watersheds. I think this is reasonable.
Director, Southern Relations
99 Trials Association
May 22, 2020
Spencer and I had a phone call with Susie Dain-Owens from the province. She is one of the project leads on the Shannon Basin Visitor Use Management Project. Here are the highlights:
1. We explained the difference between a trials bike and a dirt bike, with the intention of educating Susie about a problem we often encounter. As you all have experienced, because trials bikes have a motor, they are traditionally lumped into the category "dirt bike" by those who don't know better. We mentioned the differences in how trials bikes get traction , vs. dirt bikes. The intent was just to make sure that Susie understood the much lower impact of a trials bike (relative to a dirt bike, or even a mountain bike for that matter, depending on the trail).
2. Spencer discussed a bit of the history of trials moto use in the area; this was a good backgrounder for Susie.
3. We talked about how lines are getting blurred between trials bikes, e-mountain bikes, and non-e mountain bikes. This is something to consider in the planning process. We pointed out that because we are motorized, we are required to register our bikes and carry off-road liability insurance if we are riding on Crown land. In our opinion, that needs to happen at some point for e-MTBs... they can access a much larger area than a non-e MTB, they can go fast, etc.
4. The province has some trail counters up on some of the more popular trails in the area, although we did not get an exhaustive list of which trails have counters.
5. We conveyed to Susie where the trials "hard line" needs to be. Basically, everything north of the Goat Trail (so moving into the Shannon Basin) we can live with as shared use. Everything south of the Goat Ridge trail cannot be opened up to the extent of "industrial tourism" that the north area is already seeing (and will see more of if the Gondola is given a larger tenure... remember, this is a 5-year planning process, and there is a moratorium on new/expanded tenures). The area is too sensitive, there is abundant trials history in the area (think Britannia trails), and industrial-scale tourism would kill the area.
6. We tried to impress upon Susie the importance of the role of the Province in the individual development project consultation process. For example, the trials club was extensively involved in consultations with the developers of the S2S Gondola. We are given assurances that trials moto would always be a compatible and legitimate use within the area of the Gondola tenure (and beyond). In reality, once the project was open and so many new people had access to the area, we were shut out of Neverland, and the developers essentially hung the trials community out to dry. The province needs to fully support us and other user groups in project consultations, thereby giving the consultation process more weight.
April 10, 2020
Hi gang, here is an update on the Shannon Basin land use planning:
The province received 774 completed surveys, and I know many of you filled them out (thank you!).
Here is a link to the project summary, with the main point being what we already know:
The Shannon Basin area has seen a significant increase in recreation and tourism visitation in the recent past. With the opening of the Sea to Sky Gondola in 2014, the upper Shannon Basin became more easily accessible to a greater portion of the population. As the popularity of the area continues to grow, so have interests in expanding commercial recreation offerings in the area. The Province recognized the need for a collaborative approach, and established a temporary “moratorium” on new Adventure Tourism authorizations in the area to allow for long-term strategic planning to take place. This five-year Land Act reserve limits new dispositions of public land within the project area.
link to project summary:
And you might want to look at the results of the survey as well. Of the 774 repsonses, about 450 respondents named trials riding as an activity the pursue in the Shannon Basin, so that's great. Also, with respect to respondents saying their enjoyment of the area has been decreased with the increased usage, no one listed "motorized" as a problem. Common complaints were off-leash dogs, more garbage, loud music, lack of trail etiquette, drones, ... so this is also good news for the trials community.
The one bummer I saw was that about 280 respondents said they would like to see designated motorized and non-motorized areas. This may or may not be bad, but we have to remain vigilant as the process unfolds.
Here is the link to the survey results:
The province sent an email to Spencer and me with a current project update:
We are still in “Element 1: Build the Foundation” of the project. We want to make sure we understand the important values from Squamish Nation before beginning to discuss a direction for future visitor use management. This has taken longer than anticipated due to some factors outside our control, such as staffing changes and reorganization within Squamish Nation. We are now working with their Aboriginal Rights & Title committee on this project. The Visitor Use Management Framework that is guiding our work is a values-driven planning process, and calls for a shared vision before management actions are proposed. An April working group meeting with all stakeholders was planned, but this will be postponed due to covid-19.
Hi folks, we get lots of questions about where trials bikes are allowed in Squamish. I have attached a copy of the District of Squamish off-road vehicle bylaw, which allows trials bikes in many parts of Squamish. Of importance to most riders, yes, we are allowed to ride in Crumpit Woods and the Garibaldi Highlands. Please take a look at the map so you can be better informed if other users give you a hard time, and so you know where we shouldn't ride (like Alice Lake provincial park). Also, this bylaw is pretty unique, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the trials riders who showed up to Council meetings and advocated on behalf of trials riders.
Annual General Meeting
Hi folks, please come out to our AGM on Monday, Oct. 29. It will be at the Howe Sound Brew Pub, starts at 6:30.
Date Posted: Oct. 29th, 2018
FIM North American National at Ioco Sept.8-9, 2018: Checkers needed
Hi folks, the CPTA is hosting a FIM North American National at Ioco on Sept. 8-9. They need all the section checkers they can get, so if you want to see some great riding and help out the club, it would be much appreciated. Please confirm your availability to section check with Steve Fracy at email@example.com
Announcement: Up up 'n Away in Whistler
Dear Trails Enthusiasts riding the Whistler Area,
A few keen riders built the Up Up ‘n Away trials trail on Sproat Mtn in Whistler in 2005 to explore an area that few users accessed in summer. Many things have changed since then. Trials motorcycle, mountain biking and hiking use has all increased, putting more use on limited resources.
Working with Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA), Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD), an arrangement to maintain legitimate access to Rainbow Mountain via Billy’s Epic and Rainbows End has been made by swapping Up Up ‘n Away on Sproat Mtn with WORCA. In consultation with the original builders of Up, Up ‘n Away, access to Rainbow Mountain and the alpine experience will be maintained through established use agreements with the other user groups.
Up Up ‘n Away is no longer considered a trials motorcycle trail - please avoid.
We have shared access up Rainbow via Billy’s Epic and Rainbows End (shared with Mtn Biking and Hiking). Watch for descending traffic, expect it to be busy with all users on weekends. Future plans include putting up signs.
Other areas for Trials Motorcycle Riding in the greater Whistler area include:
Cougar Mountain - an excellent intermediate and stronger rider location
Playground and Sticks ‘n Stones – great for intermediate and stronger riders
As always, stay on the trail, yield to others, avoid wheel spin, and participate in trail maintenance.
Map of Sticks and Stones
Hi folks... here is a map of the Sticks and Stones riding area, north of Whistler. A very big thank you to Andrew Deboer for preparing this great map!
Sticks and Stoned Group Ride - May 6, 2018
99 Trials is hosting a group ride and BBQ at Sitcks and Stoned on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM. Bring your beverages of choice!
This riding area requires intermediate and above ability. We will be hosting a beginner ride in Squamish later this summer.
Location - Sticks 'n Stoned, between Whistler and Pemberton (50.213094,-122.882445)
Date Posted: May. 6th, 2018
2017 - September AGM and Director's Report
2017 - September AGM and Director's Report
Hi folks, our annual AGM is this Sept. 7, 2017 at the Howe Sound Brew pub, starting at 6:30. And here is a recent Director's report, which will be dicscussed further at the meeting:
Hello fellow trials enthusiasts.
As we are coming up in September to a meeting of 99 Trials, details to follow, it would seem like a good idea to bring everyone up to speed on what your executive group has been up to. For brevity, I will only touch on the unique aspects of our work, leaving the details to updates at the September meeting.
Andrew Deboer, our Director of Northern Relations has made tremendous progress in the Whistler area, working with:
• Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)
• Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA)
• Alpine Club of Canada, Whistler (ACC)
• Association of Whistler Area Resident for the Environment (AWARE ), and
• Sea to Sky Recreation Officer (Province of B.C.)
Twice a year, spring and fall, 99 Trials has been represented by Andrew at meetings where the focaus has been how to sort out access issues to the area around Whistler, both within the RMOW boundaries, and outside on the crown land base. As most of you are likely aware, the trials community has been enjoying access to the Sproat, Rainbow and Cougar mountain areas, and until the last couple of years, have done so with little interaction from others besides the few mountain bikers and the odd hiker.
That has now changed. New hiking trails in the Rainbow area from the North and East, coupled with new mountain biking access to Sproat from the South and West have really increased the possibility for conflict. There have also been reports of dirt bikes in the Sproat alpine, another sign that something had to be done to try to stay ahead of potential issues.
Briefly, some of the work that Andrew has been pursuing has resulted in:
• Open lines of communication with the hiking and local mountain biking communities. This has allowed for greater education within those communities as to what to expect when venturing into the Whistler area backcountry.
• The Resort Municipality of Whistler creating signs that include trials motorcycling in a graphic that are to be installed at various location, in particular, Sproat and Rainbow mountain areas, but may include Cougar. The graphics for 99 Trials, and the trail signs were put together by Heather Wall, so great thanks to her for the volunteer work for the club.
• Being part of the consultation process as Blackcomb Helicopter is pursuing a trail maintenance agreement with the province of B.C. for the heli-drop service that they have been performing for years on Rainbow. We have been able to raise our concerns, and provide input into the request, and with luck will be able to shape what that trail will look like in the future.
• The Whistler chapter of the Apline Club of Canada was also looking to expand the hiking trail network on Cougar Mountain. We again, are part of this process, and are applying for section 57 permissions for a great many of the trails on Cougar to secure out future there.
• The province of B.C. has also stated that when we apply, we aill be granted a section 57 and section 56 for “Up, Up and Away”, the original line up Sproat that Andrew and company built. The section 57 allows for the construction (a formality), and the section 56 will set out the objectives of the trail. With the mountain biking access to Sproat being opened up this summer, it has become very important to try to have this one trail secured for trials use only. There are going to be greatly increased safety and erosion issues if the mountain biking traffic uses this trail going forward.
There are others in the club working away at the various functions, so please show your support, and join 99 Trials, and get your friends and neighbours to as well. The trails that we have developed over the years are also frequented by hikers and mountain bikers, so it would be great if we could get all to contribute to our club.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and we hope to see you out in September.
Chancellor, 99 Trials
CPTA/CMA points event sponsored by The Honda Centre.
Hey everyone, don't forget, the Squamish Trial is this Sunday, May 28th, 2017. This is a combined CPTA/CMA points event sponsored by The Honda Centre.
The Junior/Intermediate loop is set to be on the easier side this year, with the sections set to challenge intermediate riders, not the sportsman. We have added a couple of sportsman splits to add some optional lines for that class. If people are new to trials competition, the Squamish Trial would be a good place to start this year.
Going with the theme of a CMA Western round, the Advanced/Expert loop features some "gimme" sections, but will certainly separate the riders on the more challenging sections.
The event will be held on private land (Valleyfcliff, in the Crumpit Woods riding area) off of the Mamquam Forest Service Road. From Vancouver, follow Highway 99 toward Squamish. The turnoff is before the bridge that is just before Squamish. Follow the FSR until you see the signup area (parking will be behind the houses that are located on Cherry Drive).
Date Posted: May. 28th, 2017
99 Trials Association is involved with recreational land use planning processes with the District of
99 Trials Association is involved with recreational land use planning processes with the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and the British Columbia Ministry of Forests.
99 Trials Crumpit Woods riding area
99 Trials will be hosting a trials competition on May 28, 2017 in the Crumpit Woods riding area. This event is part of the Canadian Motorcycle Association's provincial championship series. The event will have classes for junior, intermediate, advanced and expert. If you want to help with the event, please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out this video of the 2016 trials competition in Squamish.