Trail Forks – Penticton

We are quite enjoying the Trail Forks Website by Pinkbike. It contains all the information you need on the local trails and the best thing about it, its all user maintained.
Add the trails you’ve ridden, photos and videos you’ve taken, keep everyone up to date on trail conditions and any warnings or concerns. This will keep all our trails running well.
We see lots of great potential in this and we will be adding our very own content as well.
You can even download the GPS files so you can use them on your Smartphone or GPS device.

http://www.trailforks.com/region/penticton/

Be sure to add your Trail Karma with 100% of donations going to PACA.
http://www.trailforks.com/region/penticton/karma/

There are also a couple of Phone Apps to help keep Trailforks updated.
http://www.trailforks.com/apps/

3 Blind Mice as parkland?

Save the Date:

The City of Penticton’s Climate Action Committee has recommended that the City change the OCP to re-zone the 332 acre city-owned property on Riddle rd from Low Density Residential to Parkland. This property is the portion beginning at the top of Riddle Rd. and the one in which PACA has had a Licence to Use for approx. one year.

The Climate Action Committee hopes to qualify for an “avoided forest conversion” which would give carbon credits to the City.

City staff will be bringing forward this recommendation to Council on October 20th and if approved, there will be a Public Open House on November 3rd to discuss this plan.

This would be an incredible tie-in to our current application for creating a Recreational designation on the adjoining ~4000 acres of crown land in which the trails traverse.

Let’s hope that Council approves this recommendation and moves forward with the pubic consultation. We know how special the 3 Blind Mice network is when comparing it to other top North American riding destinations. Many of these places have gone through the process of recognizing and protecting their assets; I hope we can do the same. The payoff would be huge.

Remember to Save the Date: November 3rd for a possible chance to attend this info session which would have a great impact on the land tenure of the trails.

 

The Vortex 2014 Photos from Race 2.

Photos from The Vortex 2014.
See more on our Facebook page.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking

This weekend marks the eleventh annual celebration of IMBA Canada’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (PACA is making a weekend of it).

See the attached poster for Saturday and we will also be setting up a kids stunts and obstacle course at The Vortex cyclocross race at Munson Mtn on Sunday, Oct. 5

The day begins on Sunday at 9am and will run approx. until noon. Please bring your eager cyclists and if you are able to help out with the event send us a message. There will also be a kids event in the Vortex cyclocross race.

 

TAKMBThe Vortex flyer 2014

 

Penticton a Cycling Precinct – What it would mean.

Establishing the South Okanagan as a cycling precinct was the topic of conversation with two B.C. government representatives at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention this week.

A Cycling Precinct designation would see greater emphasis put towards all facets of Cycling in the community.

  • A recommendation to the ministry was to consider funding a generic traffic management plan to assist event organizers with moving planning forward on cycling events in the area.
  • Way finding signs to help locate Trails such Campbell Mtn and Three Blind Mice and to locate a couple of pre-determined training routes
  • These training routes would have extra care taken to be maintained and cleaned more often.

The South Okanagan has a lot of great potential to increase its Cycling Facilities and Cycling Tourism. With support from local businesses to create a Cycling Friendly City, along with increased Signage, increased maintenance and safety, leading us into World Class Trails and Roads, Penticton as a Cycling Precinct would see an increase in National and International Tourists to what we think is an amazing part of the world.
Read the City of Penticton News Article in Full:

http://www.penticton.ca/EN/meta/city-news/news-archives/2014-Archives/ubcm-meeting-on-cycling-precinct-concept.html

Listen To an Interview with Andrew Jakubeit discussing the Cycling Precinct.
(Listen for our clubs mention!)
http://www.sunonline.ca/News/Story.aspx?ID=2166116

Other News Articles on the Topic:
http://infotel.ca/newsitem/penticton-wants-to-be-recognized-as-a-provincial-cycling-precinct/it13238

A view from the KVR. Just one of the Amazing Cycling areas in the South Okanagan.

A view from the KVR. Just one of the Amazing Cycling areas in the South Okanagan.

 

Cycling Network Plan for Victoria – 2014 Update

The City of Victoria’s first Bicycle Master Plan, created in 1995,
resulted in the development of cycling infrastructure and
programs over the last 19 years. In 2014, the City decided to
engage citizens, both cyclists and non-cyclists alike, in developing
an updated plan. Two workshops with cyclists were held in
early May, 2014; a third workshop was held on May 26, focusing
on non-cyclists—or future cyclists—and facilitated by
SFU Carbon Talks.

http://resources.carbontalks.ca/reports/CarbonTalks-DialogueReport-VictoriaCycling%28web%29.pdf