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Oct. 11, 2022, 5:46 a.m.
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Re: Mathew (Matt) Bond for DNV Mayor

Not all candidates replied, but a good indication of how those that did view the trails 

Would be nice in future to see a specific question on trail head / staging area infrastructure 

https://nsmba.ca/dnv-election-2022/

Oct. 4, 2022, 10:40 p.m.
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Re: Mathew (Matt) Bond for DNV Mayor

Posted by: heckler

Ahh, good ol RPO.  In ten years there’ll be a Hyannis lot cut out of the forest.

That would likely require Metro and DNV to work together, and both seem pretty good at deflecting responsibilities onto the other.

(unless you're a DNV councillor who doesn't like mountain bikers and uses your influence to get Metro, on a weekend, to remove a freshly rebuilt (with permission) optional small wood feature on Bridle Path; then it seems they can work together )

Oct. 4, 2022, 1:12 p.m.
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Re: Mathew (Matt) Bond for DNV Mayor

Posted by: MaxRockatansky

Posted by: heckler

Anyone we should not vote to council as mountain bikers?

Head to page three to see Councillor Jim Hansen's view on parking in the Blueridge area (Hyannis/Berkley):

https://blueridgeca.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/BCN_2022_03.pdf

As a Blueridge resident, I do not support making the area resident only parking (and yes, I live on a street where visitors park to access the trails).

I would like to see the spots at the top of Hyannis Point right at the trailhead be designated as accessible parking spaces.

It would also be great to see creation of "hubs" like Squamish has, with washrooms, tool stand, bike wash, etc.. that encourage distributed parking

Aug. 8, 2022, 8:54 a.m.
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Re: "Buckin Hell“ trail run race. Down empress bypass?

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: heckler

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: mudhoney

Posted by: FLATCH

Yes, it was posted on FVMBA social channels.

Strange, as I got nothing on my news feed. It was still a WTF moment.

Like @fvmba more often? Next Cultus running race date is Oct 15

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeFYy0OhWlA/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

https://www.instagram.com/p/CewMgL4Ly5e/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

I’m a member of FVMBA, I’ve had a membership for several years. I’m in the FB group. Now your telling me I need instagram? WTF. lol. How much social media does an old guy need? For years nsmb was it. I know, kinda sad.

Pretty sure it was shared on the FVMBA main FB page too, as IG posts are cross-posted from FB (create one post on FB & it shares to both platforms). Stories are also shared on both platforms. No communication method is perfect; especially FB & IG as the algorithms can favour certain content over others, so sometimes info doesn't show up in an individual's feed until it's too late. And we don't have control over that. Adding FVMBA to your "favourites" can help. Not sure if it went out in the newsletter.

The race organizers can also get access to FB groups and share their event there as well as post trail closed reports on TF... not all of this should be up to FVMBA when it is not an FVMBA event.

Aug. 4, 2022, 6:47 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: "Buckin Hell“ trail run race. Down empress bypass?

Posted by: syncro

My guess is that is that the lack of notification has a lot to do with Metro. IMHO I don't have a problem with the route IF Metro and race organizers do proper publication/notification weeks before the event stating that the race will be taking place blah blah blah. I'd even have no problem with Metro stating on Date XYZZ trails ABCD will be closed to bike traffic for a foot race if good notification is given. 

I don't know if Metro realizes it or not, but their actions sometimes send the message that they do not care about the needs of the mtb community at all or that we are a very low priority for them. Considering the demographics of the mtb community, Metro should be paying much closer attention to the mtb segment of their user base.

Metro is only one of the Land Managers the race organizers would've need to get an event permit from.

Empress Bypass is not managed by Metro, but goes through both DNV & BC Parks.

Really it's up to the race organizers not the land managers to get the word out.  And this should include reaching out to various users groups & trail orgs and getting them to help spread the word. Could include posting a Trailforks report for the trails in the race indicating to expect racers on the trail.

Aug. 4, 2022, 6:38 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: "Buckin Hell“ trail run race. Down empress bypass?

Posted by: FLATCH

Not the shore but a little while back, a month or so, a FV running club closed Sumas on a Saturday. The whole mountain! Got to the gate and the organizers were turning everyone around. No notice on FB or FVMBA page. It would seem no one but the local running club knew. Huge wtf. How does one user group get to close a whole mountain. Surely they didn’t use every trail on the hill.

Yes, it was posted on FVMBA social channels.

Different land manager for Sumas than for most of the Shore and different policies for events. For Sumas it's a Section 16 through Rec Sites & Trails as well as a permit from Forestry Engineering for road use and to close the road.

Run for Water has been on for quite a few years and donates a chunk of money back to FVMBA and comes out to FVMBA trail days.

March 10, 2022, 9:52 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: COVID-19

Posted by: Couch_Surfer

Fair point. I get that this person is uncomfortable with a changed set of conditions, and will have to adjust. I guess I’m just not buying that our current mishmash of (mostly cloth) masking is the thing de-risking life. Life cannot be completely de-risked, and this person unfortunately lives with higher day to day risk than others. I don’t know how to solve for that, but there are many activities we all choose to accept even though they add risk for everyone.

We have vaccinated everyone that will get it. We don’t have overrun hospitals. Omicron variant is significantly less dangerous than original Covid. We have anti-virals to treat it. We have a hospital staff that have had a 2 year course on how to treat this disease. It’s here to stay, we need to get comfortable with that.

It's not just that immunocompromised and other vulnerable folks are "uncomfortable" with the lifting of mask mandates, or that they "feel at risk" (to quote DBH), they ARE at increased risk. While wearing a mask themselves will help protect them, it's not as effective as having the majority of us wearing masks too. IMO, wearing a mask is a pretty minor inconvenience compared to the risk of dying. I will continue masking in public indoor spaces to protect more vulnerable folks.

Having anti-virals available helps, but there are a number of contraindications for taking them (e.g. many of the most vulnerable can't, such as folks with kidney or liver disease). They need to be taken within five days of onset of symptoms, and with BC's very restrictive testing, good luck with that.

Oh, and kids under 5 aren't vaccinated yet.

Learning to "live with it" should not mean giving up & removing protections.

Things like increasing health care capacity, making testing easy & accessible, wearing masks (or better yet, providing N95 or equivalent for free), improving ventilation/air filtration in public spaces & monitoring, and working to distribute vaccines world-wide are what we need to "live with it".

This is worth a read... https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2022/01/16/you-are-not-entitled-to-our-deaths-covid-abled-supremacy-interdependence/

March 10, 2022, 9:24 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: COVID-19

Posted by: syncro

They're a recent kindey transplant so they are immunocompromised due to the anti-rejection meds, which they'll be on for the rest of their life. I think flu is less of a concern tho, but don't quote me on that. 

I don't know the numbers but I would guess that it's a very small percentage of the population that is in similar circumstances. It's a question of how de we let the majority of people live their lives while still trying to provide a reasonable level of protection to those who need it.

Not sure of numbers in Canada, but assume that they are pretty similar to US...

"Close to 3 percent of U.S. adults take immunosuppressive drugs, either to treat cancers or autoimmune disorders or to stop their body from rejecting transplanted organs or stem cells. That makes at least 7 million immunocompromised people—a number that’s already larger than the populations of 36 states, without even including the millions more who have diseases that also hamper immunity, such as AIDS and at least 450 genetic disorders."

Many autoimmune disorders are treated with drugs that knock out the B cells or T cells of the immune system. This means that even if these folks get vaccinated, the immunity conferred by the vaccine will not be as strong because they can't produce the antibodies etc needed.

"At one extreme, about half of organ-transplant recipients produce no antibodies at all after two vaccine doses. Compared with the general vaccinated public, they are 82 times more likely to get breakthrough infections and 485 times more likely to be severely ill. Should they get infected, their risk of hospitalization is a coin flip. Their risk of death is one in 10. “Imagine walking around and being in society and thinking, If you give me COVID, I might have a 10 percent risk of dying,”"

From https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2022/02/covid-pandemic-immunocompromised-risk-vaccines/622094/

Jan. 13, 2022, 4:06 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: How low is the snow?

Seymour below the power lines is snow free. Corkscrew has some death patches, power lines was slush. Pingu was good, Pangor was a river in the usual places, Severed clear, GSM clear. Lots of branches & debris everywhere. Some trees down too, so best to look before you leap.

Jan. 13, 2022, 4:02 p.m.
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Re: 2020 Seymour Trail Conditions Thread

Below the powerlines is snow free (a few random patches in places), lots of branches & debris down.

Dec. 20, 2021, 7:22 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: FLATCH

Posted by: trumpstinyhands

Mountain biking Vs hikers was largely solved by mountain bikers building our own trails. These days for the most part hikers use 'our' trails rather than the other way around. Maybe in the future there will be 'E-specific' climbs that provide an interesting challenge for E-bikers, which is currently what is happening with them riding up downhill only trails....

Is this really an issue or just a white rhino? I personally have never seen any ebikers climbing downhill tracks.

I've seen ebikers climbing up John Deer and Severed at Seymour more than a couple of times.

Dec. 9, 2021, 9:15 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: Day pass required for Seymour

https://bcparks.ca/reserve/day-use/

I think the nsmbA newsletter was a bit confusing. From the BC Parks website, it seems you only need the day pass if you're parking at the ski hill (lot 1 or lower lot 5) and don't have a resort pass. Parking at Mushroom lot isn't listed as requiring the pass & most of the authorized Seymour mtb trails aren't within BC Parks (just the very top of Corkscrew, a bit of Bridle, Old Buck, some of Baden).

My interpretation is that shuttling/parking at Mushroom will be the same as usual, no pass needed

Dec. 9, 2021, 3:23 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: Looks like the Coquihalla will be closed for the winter.

One more month? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coquihalla-opening-early-1.6279892

Nov. 28, 2021, 8:42 p.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: Looks like the Coquihalla will be closed for the winter.

Hwy 1 between Abby & Chilliwack closed again

https://www.abbynews.com/news/tiger-dam-being-built-on-highway-1-to-hold-back-floodwaters/#

Nov. 22, 2021, 7:55 a.m.
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Joined: July 8, 2005
Re: Gas Rationing, Power Outages, Shuttling, Bike Choices etc.

Mushroom lot on Seymour was pretty busy both Saturday & Sunday.

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