Island Mountain Biker Group Seeking Volunteers For BC Trail Day
VICTORIA – This Saturday is BC Trail Day and the South Island Mountain Bike Society (SIMBS) of Victoria hopes to mark the occasion by maintaining popular trails for the benefit of all local cyclists.
To celebrate, the local organization is looking for volunteers to help with test construction and maintenance work at Hartland Mountain Bike Park on Sunday.
The work will include the grading, restoration and remediation of the trails as well as the collection of the garbage that blows on the trails from the Hartland landfill.
BC Trail Day is a provincial initiative dedicated to celebrating and caring for British Columbia’s trail systems, educating about responsible recreation, and helping more British Columbians enjoy the trails and outdoor spaces.
Alon Soraya, president of the South Island Mountain Bike Society, says trail maintenance is a priority.
“In order to have the best possible experience on the trail and to maintain the ecological integrity of our parks, it is extremely important that the maintenance and monitoring of the trail be done on an ongoing basis,” he said. declared.
Part of this weekend’s maintenance will take place on two of the park’s most popular trails, Sofa King and Organ Donor.
Anyone interested in volunteering is kindly requested to confirm attendance by emailing [email protected] as soon as possible, no later than Friday June 4th.
SIMBS will assign project participants on a first come, first served basis. Dress for the weather, bring water, wear sturdy shoes and bring your own mask and work gloves, the group says.
SIMBS is a non-profit, voluntary organization that promotes mountain biking in South Vancouver Island. In addition to maintaining the trails in Hartland, SIMBS advocates for the needs of the larger off-road cycling community in the region.
“It’s really cool, especially after a year of social distancing, to be out there doing something like that,” Soraya said. “And knowing that others across the province are also participating in their own ways in their own settings.”
The South Island Mountain Bike Society hosts monthly trail maintenance events if you can’t get around this weekend. More information can be found here.