Upgrades coming to Skattebo Reach Trail between Ootischenia and Glade – BC Local

Upgrades are coming to the Skattebo Reach Trail (SRT) to improve access for both cyclists and bikers.

The trail is about 12 kilometres long and connects the Ootischenia area to Glade along the east bank of the Kootenay River.

The trail was originally built by the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society (CPTS) about 20 years ago. The group still maintains the trail and will be managing the upgrades.

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Trip wires found in multiple locations in Victoria, B.C., police say – CBC News

VicPD asks members of the public to be aware of their surroundings while walking or biking

Adam van der Zwan · CBC News · Posted: Aug 28, 2020 5:55 PM PT

Police say fishing line strung up in public spaces is difficult to spot and poses an extreme safety hazard. (Victoria Police Department)

Victoria police are asking the public to be mindful of their surroundings while walking or cycling in the Vic West and Burnside areas of the city, after trip wire was discovered in multiple locations over the past week. 

On Aug. 20, police discovered semi-transparent fishing line set across a staircase in Cecilia Ravine Park near the Galloping Goose trail, hanging about a foot from the ground. Last Wednesday, police received another report of fishing line set two inches off the ground deliberately tied across a dock ramp at Regatta Landing.

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Black bear approaches, taps runner on popular Coquitlam trail

Conservation officers will try to trap the bear on the Coquitlam Crunch

Chad Pawson · CBC News · Posted: Aug 30, 2020 11:30 AM PT

This screen grab from a video shot by Sam Abdullah on Saturday shows a black bear approaching a runner on the Coquitlam Crunch trail. The woman was able to get past the bear. (Sam Abdullah)

Conservation officers say they will try to trap a black bear that was filmed on Saturday tapping a runner with its paw on a popular trail in Coquitlam, B.C.

The encounter, which happened just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, was filmed by Sam Abdullah, who climbs the popular Coquitlam Crunch up to four times a week. The trail is a steep 2.2-kilometre climb located in a green corridor of the city.

Abdullah said he was nearing the top on Saturday when a woman descending in front of him froze as a black bear emerged from the bushes.

He began filming the encounter on his cellphone, and the video shows the bear getting closer to the woman and eventually extending a paw to her leg before jumping back.

“I think she was in shock and she just froze there, you know,” said Abdullah, who carries bear spray when he climbs the trail.

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The encounter, which happened just after 11 a.m. on Saturday, was filmed by Sam Abdullah, who climbs the popular Coquitlam Crunch up to four times a week. 0:51

Eventually the woman was able to get past the bear, and she can be seen running past Abdullah and looking at the camera.

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Sharp rise in calls to conservation officers in B.C., as pandemic pushes more people outdoors – CBC News

Complaints about fishing and hunting violations, loud campers top the list

Maryse Zeidler · CBC News · Posted: Aug 22, 2020 1:00 PM PT

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says there has been a sharp increase in calls to its Report All Poachers and Polluters line compared to this time last year, likely because of more people heading outdoors during the pandemic. 

Chris Doyle, the deputy chief in charge of provincial operations for the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, says, since April 1, there have been about 4,500 calls to the RAPP line, compared to about 3,000-3,500 calls in past years. 

“We’ve definitely seen an increase in activity particularly in some parts of the province,” Doyle said. “There’s definitely a lot of people out there recreating.

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Sharing the Columbia and Western Trail with industry could lead to better quality for all – Boundary Creek Times

B.C. removed ‘recreational trail’ designation from Fife-Castlegar stretch mid-July

If you’ve ever ridden your bike in the city, you’ve likely nearly been sideswiped by a vehicle. Maybe the driver neglected to check their mirror, or give you sufficient space, or shoulder check, or, just maybe, you did something you weren’t supposed to. Regardless, as a cyclist you may have since developed a disdain for larger motor vehicles and their operators getting into your space. Or maybe that’s just me.

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Win a Knolly Warden LT with the NSMBA ‘Trails Forever’ Bike Raffle – from Pinkbike

We are incredibly excited to offer the chance to win a brand new custom-built Knolly bike while raising some money for the trails! Raffle tickets are available for 1 for $10 and will be on sale until July 31, 2020 on 7pm PST. The winner will be drawn at 7:30pm PST and will be contacted by email.

Buy your tickets here!

Knolly Bikes has generously donated a special edition of the Warden LT complete with a topographic map of Mount Seymour and NSMBA decals; the build has been rounded out with top shelf components from SRAMOne Up ComponentsWe Are One Composites, and built with love by the Wheelthing.

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The Long Trail – Picque

Women’s-only enduros rose up in the Sea to Sky and are now gaining a foothold across B.C.

THOUGH POP CULTURE and sports alike continue to be a man’s world of archetypal women, mountain bikers in the Sea to Sky are writing their own narratives.

Even as women continue to make up a larger portion of sport’s population, making up a majority of riders in some communities, men continue to be disproportionately represented in co-ed contests. At the 2019 Squamish Enduro, for example, men outnumbered women 199 to 32 across all categories in the full-course event.

However, a surge of new women’s-only events has created an opportunity for riders to participate on their own terms as the Sea to Sky serves as the vanguard of a movement that is starting to spread across the province.

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