Out on the Trail for a Better Tomorrow

2014-03-04 13:05:44

7298917092_8e99de802b_o Giving back to the cycling community does not require a large investment of time or money. While writing a check may not be in the cards there are simple ways to give back while encouraging those around you to also embrace cycling. One very simple way of doing this is through trail building and maintenance. This does not mean that you should go out and cut a trail into your local park but rather consider working with your local trail society to assist in their efforts.


Most communities have some sort of trail society or group that overseas the trail infrastructure in any given area. This group will have a strategy around building and maintaining trails. Working with such a group will give you the opportunity to not only lend a laboring hand but also provide a voice in the direction of future trails. In Norco’s backyard of North Vancouver one such organization is the North Shore Mountain Biking Association or NSMBA.


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The NSMBA has taken a unique and groundbreaking technique in managing the vast number of trails and trail systems in the district of North Vancouver. They have developed the Trail Adoption Program or TAP for short. What this does is assign a sense of ownership to a sponsoring group around a specific trail. Under the guidance of the NSMBA’s experts, each group sets out to maintain and improve the usability of their sponsored trail.


The Richard Juryn Trail on North Vancouver’s Mt. Seymour has been adopted by Norco John Henry Bikes where this multi-use trail is now under control of a bike shop. Not only do the employees of this bike shop have a vested interest in the trail but they are also in constant communication with others that use the trails. Trail suggestions and concerns can be brought direct to the bike shop and working with the NSMBA staff, key customers and community advocates can all work together to improve and own the trails that they use on a regular basis.


Wherever you are in the world consider the idea of giving back to the community in which you are involved. Trail building is a great opportunity to build influence in the riding community, learn about sustainable use and meet people at the same time. You have the power to give back to the community and be an advocate for open and sustainable trails. Connect with your local trail society or bike shop to get more information on trail building in your back yard.