Advocacy

NSMBA Builder Academy Road Trip to the Interior

 

Tight single track in Kamloops with Kip & Ted from the KBRA.

The NSMBA Builders Academy made its way to the Interior thanks to support from BC Parks' Park Enhancement Fund and Arc'teryx.  Spreading the knowledge of building fun, sustainable trails in formidable conditions, the goal of the Academy is to empower communities with modern trail building solutions.

BC Hydro funds Baden Powell Restoration

 

The NSMBA would like to thank BC Hydro for recent grant funding to address erosion and sustainability issues on the Baden Powell.  This project will begin this month and build upon the work completed in 2013.  The area targetted will be from the exit of Expresso over to Big Stupid.  The NSMBA is currently developing a work plan in collaboration with the DNV.

Working together for a better community...

 

Video: Presentation to DNV Council Oct 20 2014

On Oct 20, Vince Beasse NSMBA President and Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager, presented the annual NSMBA progress report to DNV Council.
Met with a warm reception, Council encourages the NSMBA to become a trails association, not just MTB specific.  
With a projected 100 trail days this year, the annual contribution of the volunteers and MTB community has surpassed
the $100 000 mark for three years consecutively.

The NSMBA would like to thank everyone in the community for their support in these efforts.
We would also like to thank the DNV for their continued support to create an ever improving collaborative working relationship.

Provincial Trail Academy

Thanks to support from BC Parks Park Enhancement Fund and Arc'teryx, the North Shore Builders Academy hits the road this month, starting with Vancouver Island.  In October, the Academy will make its way to the Interior.  The Academy is focussed on sustainable solutions, care for the environment and a positive user experience. The NSMBA is proud to partner with other trail associations in the Province to expand opportunities for the sport and create a culture of stewardship.

The NSMBA will travel to Nanaimo, Campbell River, Victoria, Kamloops, Vernon, Hope and Barriere this fall.

 

NSMBA announces new Administrator

 

Welcome Aboard Christine!

The NSMBA is proud to announce the addition of Christine Tetrault to our team.  As our newest employee, Christine will manage the Administration of the organization. The NSMBA has grown by leaps and bounds over the past five years and so too has our administrative work load.  With support from MEC's Capacity Grant funding, the position will support the goals of the organization to expand opportunities for Mountain Biking on the North Shore.

TAP 2014 Update

 
Some changes to our 2014 TAP line up.  We welcome Giant Vancouver and Telus to the TAP family!
To date, TAP has accounted for over 50 trail days!
When the rains return, the work will continue into the fall and winter.  
Support those who support the Shore!
 

MEC Capacity Grant

The NSMBA would like to acknowledge the continued support from MEC with the recent granting of funds to increase our capacity as an organization.  The NSMBA will be using these funds to hire our second employee to focus on administrative tasks to manage the heightened work flow that has increased as our success and growth have flourished.  A portion of these funds will be directed towards partnership development.

 

Trail Vandalism

 

There has been an ongoing rash of vandalism over the past few months, particularly on Fromme.  There have been many signs removed and scratched beyond recognition, including the burning of the Expresso sign. The amount of time and effort to identify, print and replace these signs could be better spent working on trails.
There has also been logs strewn on MTB trails-the dangers here are obvious.  

As riders of the Shore, we ask for your help reporting any suspicious activity or trail hazards discovered. If you know the person(s) responsible, please contact us or the local authorities.

NSMBA visits EMBA & WMBC

Summit at the summit.  EMBA & NSMBA.
 
The NSMBA met with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Whatcom MTB Coalition on July 15th & 16th to share ideas to improve our efforts to grow as an organization and to improve opportunities for our sport.  EMBA is a regional leader in trail development and has created many community programs that promote the sport while fostering a culture of care for the trails.  The WMBC is thriving with an extremely healthy community of builders and riders that are a model for stewardship and a model of a community working together.
 

Cypress Upper Lands Working Group

The District of West Vancouver is asking people what they value about the Upper Lands, that large, undeveloped block of land above the highway. All 6,265 acres, all the way out to Horseshoe Bay.

The Upper Lands Working Group is reviewing policies and programs outlined in the 2001 Upper Lands Study and the District’s Official Community Plan. The review will help to determine what lands should be protected, what lands can be developed, uses of public land, and appropriate forms of development.

Last year the Working Group heard from stakeholders and stewardship groups, including the NSMBA and a representative of the Cypress trail builders. Now they want to hear from the general public. This means you!

There are three Open Houses scheduled for public input. At the Community Centre each evening will have two interactive workshops, so come out, grab a clicker and have your vote counted!

Wednesday, February 26
4:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Gleneagles Club House
6190 Marine Drive

Thursday, February 27
4 – 8:30 P.M.
West Vancouver Community Centre
Interactive workshops at 5 and 7p.m.

Tuesday, March 4
4 – 8:30 P.M.
West Vancouver Community Centre
Interactive workshops at 5 and 7p.m.