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Nov. 26, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
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Re: Trail Crew Laid Off

Yes, trail crew will be taking the winter off. The current schedule and budget sees re-hiring some full time crew at the end of Feb/early March (the 2020 budget has not yet been reviewed or approved by the board). This was brought up during the AGM - thanks to everyone who was able to attend, and for those who had other commitments or just weren't able to be there, the presentation (incl. consolidated financials) will be out with the next eNews.

The past three years saw significant increases in the size of seasonal trail crew, and the year round trail crew (and other staff). While revenues have been increasing year over year, it isn't currently enough to maintain our level of spending (we've operated at an annual loss starting in 2017). In my opinion, the trails very much reflect this - capital has been turned into assets. While having the crew year round is amazing, its not currently a model we can afford to maintain indefinitely. 2020 will see us working to increase our volunteer leverage & engagement, along with other changes to continue to ensure the Association remains relevant, vibrant, and financially stable for the foreseeable future. And, hopefully, with continued hard work and determination, revenue will continue to grow, and we'll be able to have a year round trail crew again in the near future. Given the levels of trail use we're seeing year round now (did anyone try to park at Fromme on Sunday?!), our trails need the constant work. We'll staff up/down with additional trail crew as budgets, projects, and weather/seasonality require.

Yes, it was a record year for membership, but membership dollars are under 25% of our annual revenues (& that $ figure includes Trail Boost sales); check the AGM presentation when its released for the full breakdown. On that note, for those who missed the AGM, individual adult membership pricing is increasing to $50 for 2020. If we maintain the same number of members, and people continue to purchase Trail Boosts at similar rates, this will increase gross revenue by a bit under 5%. We'll still be the cheapest membership of the big three in the Sea to Sky (NSMBA, SORCA, WORCA) by $10. Membership isn't just about revenue, though (hence why we've kept the price lower than many comparables), the membership number is often the critical factor that is used to determine grant allocations, engage sponsors, and importantly, advocate for mountain biking with elected officials and government staff.

EDIT: I should add; if you'd like to continue to see the level of trail crew work that's been happening for the past 3-ish years, the way to do that is with your wallet, and/or time. Your dollars matter, and sponsorship dollars matter if that's a thing at your place of employment. Fern level starts at $500, which is pretty palatable for many businesses - and it includes four memberships. 2020 Memberships are for sale, Giving Tuesday is coming (and you need to sort out your tax problem anyway)... there's no shortage of ways to participate. (we've already sold more 2020 memberships than there were members in 2011)

Sept. 17, 2019, 5:03 p.m.
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Joined: June 9, 2017
Re: New Kilmer Creek Bridge on the Baden Powell on Fromme - Why no bicyle ramp like the old one?!?

Hey team - 

All land manager contacts live here: https://nsmba.ca/contact-us/

I wouldn't consider emailing Council "full nuclear" - they're just where Staff get their directives and priorities. But infoweb is the best place to start if you're not comfortable with Council. You can also try the "report a problem" DNV website function. 

And agreed - there's not nearly as much despair in the stairs these days! I'm not sure I miss it, though?

Sept. 16, 2019, 1:06 p.m.
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Re: New Kilmer Creek Bridge on the Baden Powell on Fromme - Why no bicyle ramp like the old one?!?

Long story short; challenges with the creek bank, setbacks, etc. 

We're trying to work on a solution on the east bank that would be acceptable to DNV. 

Y'know what would help with that? Some political will. @D_C_ has the correct path forward here.

Aug. 19, 2019, 1:04 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

TAP signs yes. Trail signs not on CMHC land, no.

Aug. 13, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

"Agreed. Now NSMBA has to step up to the plate and get something happening instead of this wait and see approach. At the very least big no ebikes acending on DH flow trails signage would be a great start. "

As a general rule, we (the NSMBA) don't control signage. We can (and do) advocate for signage or signage changes, consult on proposed signage, and provide other input for signage on DNV land, but we can't just go print signs and put 'em up.

July 3, 2019, 4:29 p.m.
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Joined: June 9, 2017
Re: Teeter Totters on North Van trails to be removed...

If you sent a letter in, thank you. YOU did this. It sounds cheesy, but it was your letter that put them over the edge - because without all of them, nothing would have changed.

I'd echo what AlanB said - if you sent a complaint, send a quick thank you as a follow up. It goes a long way.

April 30, 2019, 1 p.m.
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Joined: June 9, 2017
Re: Save Grannies. Want to keep it open to mountain biking? Write in and ride it

I asked for some clarification and specificity on a couple things. xy9ine has it: you can put your pitchforks down for the moment. I'm glad everyone keeps them in good shape though! Never know when we're gonna need 'em. 

· The District Parks Department plans on maintaining Grannies’ current status as a sanctioned, permitted, bike primary trail for the foreseeable future"

· To the best of my knowledge, there are no other departments actively engaged in works or plans in that area.

April 30, 2019, 11:46 a.m.
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Re: Save Grannies. Want to keep it open to mountain biking? Write in and ride it

They put counters on trails somewhat regularly; so does Metro/LSCR.

April 30, 2019, 7:55 a.m.
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Re: Save Grannies. Want to keep it open to mountain biking? Write in and ride it

Nobody panic. 

"Fortunately, the rumor you have heard about Grannies is only that - a rumor.

We can confirm that the District Parks Department has not engaged in any discussions regarding the future of this trail, and we do not currently have any plans regarding its future beyond maintaining its current status."

April 28, 2019, 12:02 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

Important to note that the FLRORD/RST-BC ebike policy applies nowhere on the Shore.

April 23, 2019, 12:36 p.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

I'm not sure what UROC 'banned'?

"The agreement reached with the private landowners around Cumberland in 2015 specifically grants access for non-motorized, recreational use of the trails and for motorized access when necessary for events or trail work."

They advocated for non-motorized recreation, and the landowner granted access for non-motorized recreation. 

Its up to clubs to decide what they advocate for and in most cases the land manager has final say on who can do what on their land. UROC didn't actually 'ban' anything. Agreements, and often funding, are often predicated on wording like "non-motorized", especially in the US.

April 10, 2019, 10:05 a.m.
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Re: ebikes on the Shore

The moment anyone starts even trying to charge people to be on the trails is the moment the entire NSMBA board quits over liability.

This is why the Trail Pass has been replaced; eliminating the possibility that it could possibly be construed as charging for access. 

http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96337_01

And earleb, its swift. silent. deep. I'm mildly surprised no one up here has replicated the original Airforce hats with a helmet sticker, TBH.

April 4, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
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Joined: June 9, 2017
Re: ebikes on the Shore

earleb is correct, and I think its worth laying out a bit of how this works.

We do not set policy for any land manager, be it ebikes, horses, what criteria define a 'Blue Square' trail, or how many accessible parking spots there are. For most of Fromme, allowed uses and activities for parks (and trails) are set out in DNV Bylaw 8310, which is adopted by DNV Council. We don't put up trail signs, boundary signs, or use signs (with the exception of TAP signs). We don't get to decide who is allowed on what trails. We are fortunate to be allowed to build and maintain trails, per the standards and guidelines laid out by each individual land manager.

We advocate for mountain biking, mountain bike access, and mountain bike trails, with currently seven (?) different land managers; be that with staff or elected officials. This involves discussions with and about other user groups, be it hikers, runners, streamkeepers, or professional dogwalkers, and understanding that each land manager is unique in their needs, mandate, regulations, policies, and resources. None of those seven give us control over who can be on what trails; we can offer opinions, comments, and thoughts on behalf of our membership and users (advocating), but we can make no decisions on access.

Equestrians are absolutely allowed on many trails on the Shore. The biggest artery on Seymour is named after them.

TL:DR; "Perhaps NSMBA does not have the authority to determine which user groups can and cannot use the trails within their network?" Bingo.

*EDIT: Also, I totally wouldn't advocate for 12 months of sunshine. It wouldn't really be the Shore, I'm terrified of a massive interface fire, I like skiing, and I hate dusty trails. But advocating for sunshine would be as effective as advocating for mountain bike trails can be sometimes.

March 12, 2019, 9:21 p.m.
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Joined: June 9, 2017
Re: Seymour Conditions

Lets just all agree to give the trails some time to thaw and drain?

Jan. 15, 2019, 10:27 p.m.
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Re: Multi use vs bikes only

Grambo beat me to it.

But, FYI, Bottletop is officially open according to the LSCR tomorrow. Signage has been installed at the bottom. First one to take pictures of it and send it to me (cooper@nsmba.ca) wins... .uh... I dunno. A high-five? Sorry. I know its not much. 

But, since this topic came up a TON in emails, messages, comments sections, and even here in this very forum.... this goes out in tomorrow's NSMBA enews. 

https://nsmba.ca/bridle-path-not-bridal-path/

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