8 Things that go without saying (but need to be said)

We are in full swing for the riding season and as always we need to be aware of some basic guiding principles when biking in the Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected  Area. Here are some quick reminders when enjoying the park or any other Kamloops trail system on a bike.

  1. Stay on established trails and roads only. Yes, the trails are not officially mapped and signs are not in the ground yet but as local riders we know which trails have been around for while. 
  2. Building of new trails or new trail features (jumps, berms) is not permitted in the park.
  3. Unauthorized vehicles, ATVs, and motorbikes are not allowed within the park. As soon as you cross the cattleguard on the tower access road you are in the park!
  4. Don’t litter. Yeah, this is obvious to the majority of responsible riders but it needs to be said.
  5. Be aware of the wildlife that lives in the park. There are a ton of different animals that live in the grasslands, some of which are species at risk. If you encounter an owl, a snake, a deer, a bighorn sheep, or any other animal give it the space and respect it deserves. Same goes for the mythical naked hiker.
  6. Close gates! Parts of the park are shared areas with grazing cattle on a 2 year cycle.
  7. Check for ticks. As cute as they are, don’t take one home with you or on your dog.
  8. Follow the IMBA rules of the trail so everyone stays safe and has fun.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the privilege of having an amazing park right in our backyard!

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The weather cooperated and we had a great turnout to groom and clean up the trails in Batch today. Thanks to the 20+ volunteers who came out to shovel, rake, and clean up the trails in Lac Du Bois Grasslands Park! Stay tuned for more ways you can help the KBRA and the Lac Du Bois trails, or buy a membership today to support us financially. Get yours today online at http://bikekamloops.com/?page_id=3. 

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Batch Trail Day – March 30

Some spring clean-up of the Batch trails to repair winter’s damage. Tools provided, bring gloves, appropriate footwear, water, and a snack. Would prefer that 2014 membership is paid so that insurance requirements are met. Contact us at kbra.info@gmail.com for more info. We’ll be meeting at the Cattleguard entrance on the pipeline/tower access road at 10:30 AM. 

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KBRA Signs Partnership Agreement with BC Parks!

After months of meetings and planning the KBRA is proud to announce our new partnership with BC Parks in Lac Du Bois! As of 2014 we will be working with parks to protect and enhance the trails in Batchelor Heights. We still have lots of work and process to go through but we are excited to have this opportunity and add more legitimate and managed trails in our great city. Stay tuned for how you can help us as we move onward and upward!

Scott Baker of KBRA and Amanda Weber-Roy of BC Parks with the new agreement.

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Oktoberfest Enduro – This Weekend!

 

 

Still time to get registered for the Okotoberfest Enduro at Harper this coming Sunday! Follow the link below for more information. For those not attending the Enduro on October 6, please note that the shuttle road will be closed to general traffic as the race course intersects it several times. If you are planning on riding in and around the race course, please yield to racers and respect all course markings. Thanks and have a great weekend!

http://www.harpermountain.com/oktoberfest-mountain-bike-enduro

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Fall 2013 CoK Bicycle Master Plan Advisory Committee update

Highlights:

 Valleyview Connector Train Overpass: A counter was installed in October last year, until June 2013, In that time period, the bridge had 83,600+ crossings. Well over the 85,000 annually projected.

 Bike to Work Week: Since the start in 2010 participants have increased from 192, to 918 this year, a 378% increase. Talk about good inflation.

 Tranquille Rivers Trail Extension Project: Started earlier this year incorporated with a lighting and sidewalk improvement project, will be completed this fall, just over a month passed completion date due to unforeseen complications in the lighting aspect of the project.

 Highland Drive to Juniper Ridge: This project should also be completed this fall. The good news is this project is not funded by the BMP, it is covered by the “Roadways Improvement Budget”. This route will feature  Share the Road” signage for the single downhill lane of traffic. This will be the preferred method of commuting down the hill for cyclists comfortable with travelling at roadway speeds. A separated two way “Multiuse Trail” is for pedestrians and cyclists to share with a speed limit of 20 KMH.

 Budgets: Speaking of budgets, you will be happy to know that the lion’s share of funding for these projects actually comes from the Federal Government’s Fuel Tax. Yes, the tax that you pay on every litre of fuel. Isn’t it nice to know that SOME of your taxes are actually being used for purposes intended?

The Valleyview Connector project and its huge costs were actually paid using City Taxes for only 12.2% of the total project. The rest came from Federal, Provincial, and various grants including “Greener Cities” grant.

 2014: 9 projects. Various minor improvements to existing trail networks, traffic circles to facilitate preferred cycling routes in the city core, and design work for future projects.

2015: 7 projects: The Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and Trails Master Plans Budgets will be combined into an “Active Transportation Budget”, but the various plans will remain separate items. This budget will see a huge increase mostly made up by separating transportation rehabilitation budgets into actual roadway improvements and the cost of sidewalk and trail improvements as their own stand-alone budget items. This will allow for better project estimating costs. This will also be accompanied by an 50% increase in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Budgets.

2016: Will see multiuse trail projects for the North Shore, and design for the Peterson Creek [Summit to 5th Ave], in preparation for…

2017: Peterson Creek Multiuse Trail Project.

The BMP Advisory Committee is looking forward to our next meeting in Spring 2014, hopefully featuring a guest speaker from KNAAC [Kamloops Natural Areas Advisory Committee] for an update on the “Trails Master Plan” and possible collusion as to where the two advisory committee’s trails may actually meet.

For more info you can download a PDF copy of the 2010 City of Kamloops Bicycle Master Plan from here:  http://www.kamloops.ca/transportation/tp-bicycleplan.shtml

Regards,

Dale MacNeill.

 

 

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2013 Oktoberfest Enduro – Harper Mountain October 6, 2013

The fourth annual Harper Oktoberfest Enduro is almost upon us!
Register now for this fun event as a solo or team. Great times,
great riding, great food, and a great cause are on the menu so
don’t hesitate, grab your bike and we’ll see you at the mountain

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KNAAC Spring Update – Kenna Trails Re-opened!

I’m happy to report we can finally celebrate the opening of the “non-designated trails” within Kenna Cartwright Park!!!

It has taken over a year and a half of KNAAC (Kamloops Natural Areas Advisory Committee) meetings, a barrage of emails, several field trips and inspections, and several discussions with the CoK parks staff, but this finally feels like a big win for all park users and nature advocates alike.  KNAAC is comprised of a very diverse group of trail users, environmental conservationists and experts, and community or neighborhood interest groups.  Working together as a committee has been an excellent learning experience for everyone, and I’d like to think we’ve all come to see things from a new perspective.  We’ve learned about how people use our nature parks and what we all need to do to keep them environmentally sustainable.  The one driving force that all committee members share is an enjoyment and passion for the nature parks.  As we worked towards the recommendations to re-open the trails in KC Park everyone was able to see how well those trails fit in with the rest of the trail network, and that they are environmentally responsible and meet the goals of a fun, safe, and educational means to use the parks and enjoy the natural outdoors setting within the city limits.

The next tasks for our working sub-group is to come up with some trail name suggestions so the city staff can get them signed and mapped, and continue to provide some input on the CoK master plans being re-written for the nature parks.  There is still one split rail fence to be removed by the city parks crews, but the trails are all open for business again so get out there and enjoy them!

Cheers, Thomas

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KBRA – June Meeting

We are hosting our monthly club meeting which is open to the public. On the agenda for this month; club insurance, membership strategy, Lac Du Bois update Interested in getting involved and helping us get some cool stuff done? Come and join us at 7:00 PM on June 10 at  Duffy’s pub (1797 Pacific Way) in the upstairs meeting room (not licensed).

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2013 KBRA Annual General Meeting – May 1, 2013

Tomorrow Night! We want to start taking our club to the next level so if you want to be part of the action come and join us!

Our annual club meeting open to everyone to go over last year, what we have done to date this year, and our plans for the rest of 2013. If you are interested in the future of biking here in Kamloops and want to be a part of making our sport better then be sure to attend. The more people we have involved the more we can do – strength in numbers!

Where: Kamloops Yacht Club on 1140 River Street

 

When: May 1 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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