Dear mountain bikers and builders who use the trails on Cypress,
West Vancouver is now starting to form a land-use plan for the lands surrounding Cypress. This process is going to take a while, but it is going to happen and the trails and how they are built and maintained is going to change. With the ongoing development of the British Properties, the trail system as we know now, will start to disappear.
Fortunately, West Vancouver Council is concerned with hearing from all user groups of the Upper Lands on Cypress. This includes the mountain bikers and trail builders. I have been involved in this process for a couple years now, and although I prefer to remain somewhat under the radar as a trail builder, we as a user group have a legitimate voice in this process and I have been invited to attend the workshops that are being held in the next couple weeks on behalf of the trail builders.
The following is an excerpt from a letter from West Van to user groups:
In 2016, the District of West Vancouver will be developing a Trails Plan for trails on public land.
West Vancouver has over 150 km of trails, which are accessed by a variety of users.
A Trails Plan will help articulate why trails and trail opportunities are important to residents of
West Vancouver; and provide best practices for trail development, use, management, and
maintenance. The plan will respect the needs of different users and balance recreational uses
with the communitys environmental and cultural values.
At this stage, we are doing our research and reaching out to stakeholders so we have a good
handle on the facts about West Vancouvers trail system in advance of the 2016 process. This
informal discussion will explore what you like about trails system in the District of West
Vancouver, what are the areas for improvement, and other topics that may be brought forward
by the community about trails.
Please feel free to send me a PM with concerns or comments that you have for the District of West Vancouver.
From a fellow rider, Carolyn Kavanagh