Posted by: Taz123
As a resident up by Berkley/Hyannis - things are going to boil-over, its just a matter of when.
Cars are slammed bumper-to-bumper on the side allowing parking, the side-streets are covered in cars on both sides (creating one-lane streets), drivers are getting "punchy" and going too fast (makes me nervous to let our kids ride their bikes around), and residents are starting to put their own "residents only" signs up. It is just a matter of time before the DNV steps in and expands the no-parking zones.
My recommendation: park below Sechelt on a side-street with no/few other cars around and bike up. If you are trying to find a parking spot and its too busy, go somewhere else to park to spread out. Same comment as above about giving space on the sidewalk plus pick up your garbage (or any garbage you see even if its not yours)...I've been finding granola bar wrappers on my lawn lately.
The trails are awesome. I love them, my family loves them, you love them. Staying respectful, self-aware and apart from each other keeps everyone happy and safe and the trails will get to stay open.
I hate to say it but I think they need to expand the no parking. I live just south of you so I'm not subjected to the parking circus too bad, but man there are just too many people with too much time on their hands heading out to the shore.
I try to ride early and avoid the crowds but by the time I was finishing up my lap today it was getting busy - several packs of 6-8 bro-dudes not social distancing and just randomly camped on narrow portions of trail, forcing you to "ride the gauntlet" between them. That and lots of families who appear to be entirely unfamiliar with the shore hiking up random trails and unintentionally putting themselves in situations where opposite direction traffic can't safely get past. Which is fine I'm not against it if people want to explore, but now is just not the time.
Also not saying that none of these people are local and it's all the fault of "outsiders", but a lot of this is just a sheer numbers game, people per square mile.
I hope it doesn't sound elitist but I wish people would just stick to their own neighborhoods for now. And realistically I'll probably stop riding if the numbers stay how they are.