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Sept. 10, 2015, 4:16 p.m.
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Encountering dogs while riding

. . . they're just being dogs . . .

Exactly. So, all one has to do is understand the nature and potential of dogs and apply a little reasoned control. This application is not the dog's responsibility, its the owner's. They shit in the woods, so pick it up. They like other dogs, so let them play a bit with them. They scare some people, so keep them under physical control. They like to be dogs, so make sure their doggy behaviour does not impact things in a negative way.

Extra: I have never seen a dog digging in the middle of a trail that wasn't quickly brought under control by its owner. I have seen dogs shit in the same place while the owner watches before walking off. I have seen dogs running tight circles around people, barking agressively, while the owner stands nearby and watches. I have seen dog attacks while owners seemingly react in slow motion. I don't get it.

Sept. 10, 2015, 4:02 p.m.
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Encountering dogs while riding

It's hard as a dog owner to come to the realization that maybe your dog . . .

FlipFantasia, I read you and feel like congratulating you as an intelligent good dog owner. But I won't. I think that would be insulting because you are just being a reasonable person applying reasonable thought to a partly emotional topic.

It sounds like you carry quite the load with your rescue. I am always amazed at how complex the psychology of dogs is.

What the hell - keep up the good adult life!

Sept. 10, 2015, 2:33 p.m.
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Encountering dogs while riding

Encountering dogs while riding
I have always had a serious fear of dogs.

locals, phobias, and I am not using this in the technical sense, are very difficult to cure. The norm is that you need to spend a lot of time and effort to achieve modest results. You will likely never lose your fear, but you can certainly reduce it and become better at managing it. Regardless, it is definitely worth the time and effort. Increasing your control over it will help you achieve a better experience and one that can include dogs. After all, dogs are not going anywhere. Neither are bad dog owners. Your riding, hiking, walking, etc. will always include encounters.

I am sorry, but all the suggestions to try to get used to dogs, or like dogs, by trying to play with cute and cuddly dogs are nonsense. Phobias are at a completely higher order than that kind of thing. Don’t go getting a therapist to ‘become better at being with dogs.’ Do it to become better at holding yourself together in the presence of dogs. I realize that that is a little subtle, but it is also crucial to any possible success. The focus should be on you keeping your integrity/inner strength such that the presence of dogs does not quickly dismantle your self-control and overly impact your experience. The focus of your efforts should be squarely on you. While your fear is manifest by dogs, the solution will inevitably lie a level deeper than that. A good therapist will guide you through this. And again, it is absolutely worth it.

You do not owe anything to dogs or their owners. In a perfect world, owners would smarten up and keep their dogs off of others unless invited first.

Sept. 9, 2015, 6:12 p.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2015

Eco, I read the map and even told a good friend of mine that we were not supposed to ride in the dark or rain. Now I have totally changed my view and I feel bad trying to help mention a rule that the BMBA doesn't even follow.

Don't sweat it. Its just a forum where we are all only fictions to each other. Glad to see you were open in the long run and even reassessed your view. Night riding takes your familiar trails and makes them fresh and different. Its also requires a bit of a different approach to one's riding: with less, but more focused, visual information you have to react differently to the trail. To a lesser extent, the connection between visual information and haptic information (including feeling pressure and other forces) is not as straightforward, leading to another difference that is interesting and fun to play around with. I don't think one can ride as fast as in the light, but pushing your speed in the dark is a thrill.

good job, but i didn't say it was sfu.

Sorry syncro, I should have referred to whitehonky.

Sept. 9, 2015, 2:22 p.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2015

Well if BMBA says it ok then I must appoligise. I just read the rules on the map . Sorry, for being rude EcoRiva. (hugs)

No big deal. Thanks for doing so.

I do have a question for you though: I also have respect for the BMBA, but for reasons unknown to me, they barely seem to hold together. I might be good if they could increase their membership and play a larger role. I tried to join twice (a few years back) and simply received no reply. So, my question: why do you so clearly respect their authority on something like this? With respect, you were upset until the BMBA said its ok, and suddenly your ok. Didn't you have what you felt were legitamate arguments which would lead you to disagree with BMBA?

Now to generalize this, what does everyone (including BMBA) think about the BMBA? What would everyone like to see the BMBA become? In terms of trail work, I have done trail days (years ago) but prefer to work on my own. But I would join the BMBA if I could see more clearly who they are. I remember that they have established a relationship with the City of Burnaby. There used to be an OK website, but it became stagnant. Without knocking the BMBA, I also think things are working out pretty good as is: as Whitehonky just described in terms of taking care of the mountain.

What does everyone think?

Syncro - it wasn't SFU that removed the Naheeno tree. I did.

Sept. 8, 2015, 11:22 p.m.
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I answered that way in case he was asking if there was some kind of 'rule' amongst mountain bikers - a trail etiquette kind of thing. But strictly speaking, there is no rule; a City ByLaw is more than that.

And - no worries BMBA, it seems to me that by whoever, with whatever tools: what needs doing is getting done. We all owe a thanks to everyone who contributed (and always do) what they could. There is a good community looking after our little mountain.

Sept. 8, 2015, 8:03 p.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2015

Thanks, good work.

Sept. 8, 2015, 7:52 p.m.
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lol, I wouldn't harm a fly . I find it offensive that you know the rules but decide to break them anyways. You are probably not doing any harm to the trails but I would suggest that you ride elsewhere in the dark.

Have a nice day.

There is so much truly evil shit in this world. Being so easily and misdirectedly offended, you must drown in your own indignation every day. To post on a forum and allow your emotional "stick up the ass" to make you swing out at people; that's a little offensive, no?

I apologize right now, so don't jump all over me, but I jaywalked on my way to lunch today. Don't let it ruin your evening though, I'm the one going to hell.

So, trails on Bnby Mtn: did anyone show on Saturday? Things aren't perfect but they all seem a lot clearer to me. Back to drainage preparation for winter.

And, for those new to trail riding, there is no "rule" against riding in the dark. However, almost all parks (esp. Municipal) are closed during the dark times or posted hours, according to ByLaw. However, a lot of people ride at night. There are tons of powerful bike lights in the shops. I suggest one on the handlebar (to throw some generalized light on the trail immediately in front) and one on the helmet (to provide a directed beam). I would also recommend that you be respectful and quiet (no brake squeel), and avoid your lights shining into neighbouring houses, etc. Riding at night is a whole new world and helps those who couldn't ride otherwise during winter. Not too many people do it which is probably a good thing. A forest full of bright lights flashing all over would be a bad thing (if for stressing wildlife alone).

Sept. 8, 2015, 6:37 p.m.
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This is why we should oppose electric bikes

Agreed.

Sept. 8, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2015

Again, what is wrong? Do you just like to jump on people and attack them over stupid little things? You should hide in the bush (perhaps in the dark) and jump on the likes of me when we go by. Then, when I'm trying to figure out what hit me, you could kick dirt in my face and yell 'whatever.'

I ride with two 600 lumen lights - I saw every tree out there. What I said was the 'landscape' in general looked so different after the storm. Just an obsevation, you unkind little soul.

I love how people like you end with "Have a have a nicy day." Have the balls to say what you really want to: "Now fuck of!"

Sept. 8, 2015, 4:03 p.m.
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I won't answer, but I will ask: are you that paranoid of Big Brother?

+ Why so insulting? Do you have a personal issue regarding this?

And, all parks are closed at dusk, everyone knows that.

As well, I better get off this now, they are coming for me. I might take my address off the house.

Sept. 8, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
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This is why we should oppose electric bikes

I agree with qduffy that we need to understand "the role of these machines and (be) cautious about the applications."

As far as Mountain biking goes - its dangerous enough and trail conflicts with other user groups are difficult to manage as is. I can also see myself riding an ebike someday. If its the difference which allows me to get out and about, I'l be on one for sure. I would also want to get out into the forest trails on my ebike. Regardless, as I see things now, I hope I wouldn't be allowed. Yes it would be sad and unfair, but that's how it should be.

At the same time, if our regulating authorities do nothing about this, and if there is a wave of ebikers out using the trail network, I won't be getting angry with them. Like all the stupid things that go on (out of control dogs, smoking, riding without courtesy, etc.) fighting them can have no effect. They will be part of the new reality.

I would like the mountain bike community to help our municipal authorities and private land owners get out in front of this rather than waiting until problems arise and be reactive. If it is decided that ebikes are not allowed on singletrack trails, it will be easier to effect this rule starting now, and near imossible to do so after hundreds have been bought and put to such use.

I was hit (gently) by an electric car (backed into me) about two weeks ago. It startled the hell out of me - completely silent. I have heard talk of electric cars being made to have some 'noise' making component. Ebikes should too. Like an earlier poster, I also run a Hope rear hub. The noise it makes quite effectively allows one's presence to be advertised.

Sept. 7, 2015, 1:08 a.m.
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Burnaby Mountain 2015

The one fallen tree across Naheeno is gone now.
How did the Sat. morning clean-up go?
As syncro pointed out, another thing that needs doing is clearing drains. Again, we could collectively do the trail network a lot of good (for the upcomming winter) if we put in little efforts to clear out drainage ditches and accumulated organic material blocking natural water flow courses.
I am not suggesting that anyone just go out implementing their own drainage schemes. Rather, just light maintenance of the drainage that is obviously there now.
If a boggy area can be improved with better drainage, and you know what you are doing, by all means . . .

Sept. 6, 2015, 2:52 p.m.
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This is why we should oppose electric bikes

Ecoriva you are a car loving twit. Keep E bikes off road ways? Do you drive a truck? to carry you and your coffee to work?
E bikes are regulated to death! Just so you can drive your 4000 pound chunk of stamped steel and plastic spewing toxins into the atmosphere.
Oh you havnt read the whole thread? Dont bother.
People hate E bikes because they are new and you cant stand change.
Ecrvia you hate E bikes. Plain and simple.
Understanding takes effort. Im certain you can get others to wallow in your misery.
Misery loves company.
Im off to ride my bike on the road and dirt with happy people. Un like you.

So, I am a car loving unhappy hater who hates E bikes. You sure figured me out fast. And you got all that from a short reasonable post which pointed out that its stronger language was a communication within the realm of good humour. And your post? Its the one that is a blast of emotion/attack. If you are one of those happy people, unlike me, you should be able to have a reasonable discusion about the few points I brought up.

So, I am a car loving twit because I'm not sure of the regulatory place of E bikes. Good deduction.

I "want to keep E bikes off roadways." If you could be a happier person, you might re-read and see that I said the opposite.

Sorry, no truck and no coffee. I went through considerable trouble to locare my office within walking distance from my home. Pretty geen huh?

E bikes are regulated to death? Thats what I want to know about. Maybe you could calm down and elaborate on this. However, I am only interested in local regulations/by-laws, etc.

Why should I not bother to read the whole thread? Are you implying there is nothing in there worth reading. No, right? You are implying that I am beyond able to read with an open mind because I so firmly hate whatever it is you have decided for me. Thanks happy person.

"I can't stand change so I hate E bikes." Well, my whole profession is about change in every way. I create change to our world in countless ways on an ongoing basis. As for E bikes, they interest me greatly. There are some issues but they can be taken care of - but they actually have to be resolved in some real way (thus the need for reasoned discussion). Unlike gas motorcycles, E bikes hold great promise for societal change. They just shouldn't be equated as mountain bikes (bicycles).

I hate plain and simple! Well, its quite something to bump into someone who knows me so damn well.

Wallowing in misery. OK. Got me again. Are you a spy to know my life so perfectly?

Enough. I have no reason to attack you in return. As for your post: it is a pile of nonesensical garbage that contributes nothing to this discussion. As you say, understanding takes effort. You need to put a lot more effort in yourself, and if you cannot read your own post and see the uncontrolled anger in it, well then you have bigger problems.

This is my first time responding to someone like you with regard to this kind of thing. I won't continue with this. You go be happy riding and let the grownups talk about E bikes with reason and open minds.

Sept. 6, 2015, 2:31 a.m.
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This is why we should oppose electric bikes

You know I've spoken to a few people that were enthusiastic about them. During the conversations it dawned on me that the thing these people had in common was total lack of common sense. I mean…dumb…as…dirt.

And, somehow, I happily find this very reassuring and I'm not really worried about E-bikes anymore.

In good humour: Are you nuts? "Dumb…as…dirt;" these are the mass that rule everything, everywhere, except maybe CERN! Never 'not worry' about the stupid. Better to prepare for the crap they may send your way.

And, on that point, I hope the leadership of all the mountain biking associations are putting heads together and getting in contact with their respective municipal governments, and raising awareness of these motor-machines with respect to appropriate definitions and controls . . . starting with keeping them on roadways and off trails.

(Apologies if this has been covered, I haven't read the whole thread yet, but will.)

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