Posted by: RAHrider
My wife and I moved to Vancouver in 2004. We both comment to one another how lucky we feel to have experienced vancouver at that time. We used to ride squamish a lot. This was pre University. You had to park at the golf course and ride up the road. We'd rarely see another biker. There were far fewer trails but they were all excellent fun. Pseudo pseuga was single-track and there wasn't a berm on it. Biking there back then was such a different experience to what it is now.
We also remember having to go into local shops and buy maps (or have them hand drawn) when going to New areas. Growth and development has some advantages but I have to say, leaving Vancouver always feels good. I recently took a Jon in terrace and although I haven't actually had a chance to bike here, I hear it's amazing and I really can't wait. I love riding in towns this size that are not mtb destinations.
I actually blaim enduro racing for some of the changes we see in the attitudes of riders on the shore. It used to be that shuttle trails would attract a lot of the assholes. Pedal bikes weren't as capable and so attracted less meat head types. Enduro racing attracts a very wide ranging group and brings them all under the same umbrella and onto the same trails. I hate it when I hear about riders doing ignorant rude shit like this. I liked it better when they were a very different group than mine wearing hockey pads and riding different trails. Now it looks bad on all of us!
Thanks for raising awareness about this and speaking up.
In other words, perhaps this growth that we are told we need to keep out sport healthy is bullshit or at least needs some thought beyond "more is better". I’ve seen the parking areas in Squamish on nice days, I’ve been at the top of Lord of the Squirrels where there were about 50 riders milling about, I hear from hiking friends how many people he sees in North Van and how pounded the trails are, permit system in Garibaldi Park, no dogs at Joffrey to limit user numbers.