Wernie (Tyler Wilkes):
If you had joined us at our presentation to Council in Nov to support MTB in NVan along with the full house, you would know the actual position of the NSMBA is contrary to your continued slanders (libel) here on a public forum.
He said the solution is to bring in staging and parking facilities along with corresponding trail access in the upper Mountain Highway area. Not true. The writer has taken it out of context-the DNV is exploring plans at the top of Mtn Hwy, we are not. Hopefully some of you who werent in attendance watched the video at dnv.org?
We believe a parking lot at the top of Mtn Hwy couldnt possibly handle the traffic in/out or accommodate what Id guess is 200+ cars on a busy Saturday. We look forward in 2014 to working with council and staff to come to a solution, whatever that may be, said Wood. This is a direct quote and illustrates our position. Whatever that may be. We are pushing for a solution, and we will be engaged in that outcome.
We in fact are _not _pushing for a parking lot. We want the RPO lifted (to encourage dispersed parking) and trail development in Dempsey area (including a climbing trail to the 6th) to encourage users to that area. All this is aimed at utilizing dispersed parking. The DNV has plans drawn up for parking/staging, stemming from the 2008 ARSS study, of a staging area at the top of Mtn Hwy as well as west of Dempsey. That is what they are currently surveying. It will include public process-this is where your voice can be heard. Posts on the nsmb boards will have little bearing on outcome.
We seek a solution for the whole community, not just bikers. Many of us have no problem biking up mountain highway but thats not the point. How about access for the physically impaired? Children? The elderly? Remember, its not always about you. Ironically, I live in the RPO.
With the numbers of riders and events that occur on the mountain, some type of staging is necessary beyond what currently exists. We totally clog the turnaround at any of our events for anyone seeking access through the gates (in the hanging odour of septic tanks). Anyone attend WEA with nearly 300 people? Speaking of clogging, the sewage smelt great in the hot June sun. We always get complaints from the nudists (and of course, local residents)after every event. It is a significant point of contention. We seek harmony and acceptance in our community. Although these are seldom seen qualities on the nsmb boards, it is an admirable, real world goal.
And really, its not about a parking lot or not, its about proper access to a public resource. I disagree with Synchro. Privileged access to a public resource is not a balanced community vision. Further, the RPO was a reaction to our conduct, but was really caused by a lack of facilities, our community simply dealt with this lack, however inappropriately. The RPO was instituted in 2003 as a _temporary _solution in reaction to NIMBY complaints.
Whatever the _permanent _solution is, we want to engage with Council in a real world context which includes meetings, proposals, action plans, and more meetings.
So to recap; we are pushing for dropping the RPO, utilizing dispersed parking, developing proper staging facilities for events and rider use, and trail development in the Dempsey area to encourage access in that zone to further disperse parking.
I suggest in future, when criticizing or slandering the NSMBA or any of its Directors of Officers, you contact them directly at email@example.com to get informed. Ignorance is not an excuse for public attacks or campaigns of mistruths.
slander? libel? that's a huge stretch considering those quotes were taken from the news article. i can appreciate if you have an issue with the post, but maybe point the finger in the right direction - the incorrect news source.
i'm not suprised you disagree with me but don't see how you can label the current situation as "priveleged access." you do a good job of spin on this but essentially the vast majority of users have the same access except for a few who live in an affected area. in reality it's no different than residential parking in many other areas of the lower mainland where residential parking is limited and the demand for public parking is high.
ps - happy to see that you're not pushing for a parking lot.
We don't know what our limits are, so to start something with the idea of being limited actually ends up limiting us.