Ride For Trails in downtown Victoria - Sun, Aug. 27th. 12pm

Aug 16, 2006
by Tyler Maine  
Mountain bikers are banding together in a grassroots network, voicing their frustration over the park access restrictions set by the Capital Regional District (CRD) against mountain bikes. We know other areas across the province have similar issues with land managers and owners, and this movement serves as their voice too, fittingly in the capital city of British Columbia.A fresh new approach is being discussed, and for that, a fresh new website was needed to get the word out and to help unite trail cyclists. www.mountainbikingisnotacrime.com is presently live and being developed to spread the word and to share ideas and tactics in order to aid in accessing more trails in parks and crown land. All ideas and stories are welcome from all around the island, province, and continent.

mtbisnotacrime is not an organization but a grassroots movement evolving of concerned riders who see the pressures of development, politics and population growth squeezing their access to trails and green-spaces. They believe in equal access for trail riding through the incorporation of smart management, cooperative relationships with mtb clubs, and transparency of decision making for public green-spaces. They point to organized clubs and societies as the ones to deal with in developing plans to enhance mtb access and implement stewardship relationships for the betterment of public green-spaces.

It looks like this site may have some tall tale signs of growing into a large collaborative very quickly.

Away from your monitor and into the local bike shops you will start seeing donation jars displaying the mission. ALL proceeds collected will go to directly fund this effort. Please help fund the stickers and posters and help get the word out!

There will be an awareness activist ride on Sunday August 27th. Remember the Critical Mass rides of years gone by, or the Wednesday night urbans just a couple years back? Maybe this will feed off of those energies. Maybe it will become a provincial monthly ride. Who knows? It has to start somewhere right? Only you as riders will decide. The idea is for other communities to do the same thing on the same dates.

Wear green on Sunday August 27th when you show up at the location that will be announced on the website www.mountainbikingisnotacrime.com

They are your trails people, on public land which you pay taxes to support, start demanding access to them! Keep an eye on the website for more information and details.

Mountain biking is not a crime dot com

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