(Dirt bike/Mountain bike -- what is the difference -- really?!)
"...Farther up the slope in Lynn Valley there's a sensible end-of-year idea at last in the fractious debate over mountain biking around Mount Fromme's trails. Hikers know what becomes of a decent trail when the ninja-turtle wannabees in gladiator bike duds start up. Last month a request came to district council for increased parking and heated washrooms in the area. Purportedly, this would alleviate resident concerns about riders that have for years been seen changing their clothes on the adjacent boulevards and frightening the last few horses
nearby. At the Nov. 18 council meeting, in a rare gesture to low-growth, Coun. Roger Bassam - last heard of lobbying to increase the Seylynn super tower from 28 to 32 storeys - noted that with prohibitive costs, amenities like heated change rooms aren't likely forthcoming.To the relief of some in Upper Lynn, Coun. Alan Nixon hasproposed a legitimately independent review to reassess the ecological health of the trails and forest. It's an overdue idea. In a recent letter, acting parks manager Susan Rogers acknowledged that such a review is now under discussion..."
Santa's Elves will be watching the NSMBA and DNV Parks, very closely, to ensure a fair and democratic review process, does indeed occur in 2014. Meanwhile, the very consumptive NEW trail building hasn't stopped in the least -- and continues at the high speed the NSMBA has been known for, devouring our forests and wetlands with their insatiable appetite for more thrill rides:
Retrofit of Bobsled is almost complete. Bridges have been widened to 4ft. Reroutes completed thanks to North Shore Bike Shopunder the leadership of Pat Podolski & Digger. Edits & improvements have been made throughout the trail. All that's left now is to widen the exit bridge. Merry Christmas from the NSMBA!