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Challenging North Shore mountain bike trails finally get official OK

Trails finally sanctioned

West Vancouver has signed an agreement with British Pacific Properties and the North Shore Mountain Bike Association to build a new multi-use trail and put the association in charge of maintenance on long-unsanctioned trails.

Under the agreement, the district will hold a right of way through land owned by British Pacific Properties.

Mountain bikers have been bombing hills for decades but always on unsanctioned trails, said Cooper Quinn, president of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association.

“We should be excited about this because it represents the culmination of decades of work by a bunch of dedicated individuals …to get mountain biking formally recognized by the District of West Vancouver,” he said. “Hopefully, we can see a trail experience on Cypress that continues to maintain this legacy and history of being a very, very challenging riding area, and at the same time modernize that.’

The new trail will largely replace the historic Old Forks Trail, which was once used for hikers to reach the Hollyburn cabins. The new trail will be available to users of all kinds – however, mountain bikers will only be allowed to ride up the slope.

Although it will have some elevation gain, the new trail should be accessible for novice to intermediate hikers. Construction on the new trail won’t start until this winter’s snows have melted away, Quinn said.

The North Shore Mountain Bike Association has a similar agreement with the District of North Vancouver for stewardship of trails on Mount Fromme and Mount Seymour but the trails on Hollyburn are considerably more challenging, with Black Diamond ratings.

“Cypress has a bit of a reputation and justifiably so as bigger and scarier and gnarlier for mountain biking,” Quinn said, noting the area has produced World Cup level competitors. “What this does, hopefully, is bring in an extra layer of protection, just for the riders themselves and better reporting processes, better management processes, and hopefully just a little bit more safer user experience with less unexpected hazards… Crucially, for us, we don't really want the trail experience to change.”

The developer is funding the trail work.

Legal liability for the trails will rest with the landowners, but Quinn said B.C.’s liability laws largely protect the managers of free, recreational trails, unless there is evidence of gross negligence.



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