Trails meet high standards

I am shocked that you published this letter from someone outside our community

I am shocked that you published this letter from someone outside our community. How can they have any knowledge of how our trails are built or maintained? And why single out mountain bike trails, many hiking trails are far worse in both construction and maintenance than trails used for cycling.

The River City Cycle Club are in a partnership with BC Parks and MOF to be the Stewards of the local trail system used primarily for mountain biking, known a The Snowden Demonstration Forest. These trails are built and maintained to the highest internationally recognised standards as set out by IMBA, the International Mountain Bike Association. The standards as set out have been adopted by many areas, and are now used in many parks for hiking trails. The trail standards are designed to build sustainable trails  that cause minimal impact to environment.

Is there an impact to environment? Yes, but there is an impact to the environment from all human activities.

Do you drive a car? Ride a bus? Travel in a plane or boat? Do you live in a house? Use electricity? Eat food from outside your local area?

Is your home made of wood or concrete? Live in a city?

All these activities have far greater impact than trails.

I could continue, however the point is mountain bikers for the most part are lovers of nature and the environment and the impact of our sport is minimal when trail are built responsibly.

We have strong partnerships with BC Park and MOF due to the fact we build responsibly and have a strong reliable volunteer work force that gets the job done.

Your papers publishing of this letter shows a lack of community awareness, a failure to understand the economic impact responsible sports have on a community as well as the positive social impact of recreation.

Please be more responsible in what you print.

Dan Clements

Campbell River

Editor’s Note: It would be irresponsible of us to not run a letter from another point of view.

It’s called balance.

The letter was sent to us in response to material we had in our paper.

We are obligated/expected to run it.

The issue is not about what the editor or anybody at the paper believes, it’s about the paper’s obligation to allow all viewpoints access to the space in our paper.

By all means, dispute the letter writer’s claims but never dispute our responsibility to present all sides of the issue.

Even if it’s from somebody outside of our community.

Just Posted

‘Priceless’ hat stolen from Indigenous art store in Campbell River during break-in

Ernie Smith, co-owner of Awatin Aboriginal Art, looking for help in recovering stolen hat

BC Hydro increasing flow down Elk Falls to assist steelhead migration and spawning

Water flows within Elk Falls Canyon are increasing today to assist steelhead… Continue reading

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

InspireHealth workshop in Campbell River supports those with cancer

The free event takes place at Berwick by the Sea on Feb. 2

Habitat for Humanity North Island wants to keep momentum going

Organization asks City of Campbell River for more land to build homes for young families

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read