Mtn.Views & News

"... the park is a treasured piece among the district’s natural areas. “We don’t have that many wetlands,he said. That’s for sure, we just don’t have them. ~DNV's Trails and Habitat Coordinator, Graham Knell, told the North Shore Outlook (DNV polishes Mackay Park Jul-10-2008):

Mountain View Park wetland and upland area is an

"urban crown jewel" on Mt. Fromme.

Formerly called "Twin Lakes",  Mountain View Park was dedicated in 1999, in a referendum vote during the District of North Vancouver election.

http://www.dnv.org/upload/documents/bylaws/7114.pdf

This section will include items of interest about Mtn. View Park, "urban" parks and wetlands, in general, and how mountain biking activities are detrimental to the ongoing ecological health of these natural places.


Nature vs. Mountain Biking:

What can make nature education and outdoor exploration  more enticing than mountain biking for our children and young teens? You would think a nature walk couldn't compete with such adrenaline sports like mountain biking. Think again! 

Let your children lick slugs. Why slugs? Because slug slime is an anesthetic! One lick and your tongue goes numb. Very cool! And stream dipping!  Many children will find that a wild ride on a mountain bike can't compare with the thrill of catching a salamander with your bare hands (and then letting it go free, of course).

Our children need to get up close and personal with nature, in order to appreciate and respect it. They will learn to reinforce their five senses and powers of observation to really get to know the natural world.*

Our young people cannot learn that kind  respect and care for nature on the backs mountain bikes, while wearing  full-face helmets, racing down trails in the forest. They cannot learn to respect the natural world if they continue to learn to conquer nature via indiscriminate off-road mountain biking and off-trail digging habits.

How can we instill real appreciation and respect of the natural world in this day of adrenaline producing extreme wreckreation? Don't send them to mountain bike camps, take them to the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, Maplewood Flats Conservation Area,  etc. Sign them up for the Mt. Seymour Eco-Adventure Camps

And, please, teach them to keep the wheels on the pavement and not on the forest and park trails. It will go a long way to preserve what still remains of our natural places. Thank you.

(* Info and excerpts,  from Leah Kostamo's, "Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community", pg 71-72 , Cascade Books Publishing, 2013)

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It's a Keeper!

Posted on December 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

 

"The Truth" has an uncanny way of coming out, sooner or later... ;)


North Shore Mountain Biking Forums (http://bb.nsmb.com/index.php)

- The Shore (http://bb.nsmb.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3)

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From the Horse's Mouth

Posted on October 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Mountain Bikers as Wilderness/Conservation Advocates? No evidence so far!


Mountain bikers speak out against "their own" -  People need to wake up to the damage mountain biking wreaks on our natural areas and parkland.


http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/10/10/mo...

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The Next Stealth Wave? E - Mountain Bikes

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM

In the Wall Street Journal...


The Fight to Ride Electric Mountain Bikes on the Trail

Older Adventurers Tangle With Preservationists Over Battery-Aided Bicycles

http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-fight-to-ride-electric-mountain-bikes-on-the-tr...

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The Spread of an Invasive Species

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

“Unsanctioned trail building and rogue lines have been growing in the Park like an insidious mold.”

http://update.whistlerbike.com/2014/09/15/give-us-a-break-or-we-will-give-you-one/


“...

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The Aggressive Mountain Biking Agenda Hegemony

Posted on September 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM


 "Guerrilla" MTBers are making monkeys out of everyone, even themselves...

Source: http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb11125074/p4pb11125074.jpg


"The aggressive mountain bikin...

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The Dangerous MTB Politics of Appeasement

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The insanity of appeasing wily mountain bikers never seems to end...<sigh>


Appeasement never works! It just opens a fine can of worms. Hikers, environmentalists, and others have already compromised away their ideals and rights to enjoyment of  our public forests --- and now, private property owners may end up ...

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The Dirty Political Face of Mountain Biking Advocacy: "Nature Terrorism"

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

It is Election Time again for municipalities in BC…


Some pre-election glad handing going on…


Quote from a mountain biker on FB about the following photo op:

Sebastian M F: “Amazing to see the increased interest in the mountain bike community and the NSMBA - North Shore Mountain ...

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Mountain biking impacts on bears and other wildlife...

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Guest contribution:


http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/08/05/mountain-biking-impacts-on-bears-and-other-wildlife-by-brian-horesji/

Mountain biking impacts on bears and other wildlife by Brian Horejsi

By George Wuert...

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"Bear" with us....

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

In Northern Ontario, this year, near one of the so-called "BEST PLACES in Ontario to Mountain Bike" (the ironically-named, "Killbear Provincial Park"), a home near a well-used multi-use trail, including mountain biking, was attacked by a bear, in Nobel, Ontario --



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600 "BC (Mtn.)Bike Race"(rs) Doesn't Benefit Our Community

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Who does the BC Bike Race actually benefit? Our whole community? NOPE!


Now here is their dirty little "secret"... (so much of what mountain biking is about is "secret"!)


Not our community as a whole! --- Only benefitting the bike shops and bike organizations, while

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The MTB Lifestyle Cult (in a Nutshell)...

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Public land managers and politicians keep falling for the old mountain biking ruse that if mountain bikers were given legitimate trails to ride, they would stop their rogue trail building. The NSMBA has been doled out way more rewards from the District of North Vancouver, than many mountain biking organizations have in North America.


So has that stopped the mtb scofflaw rogue/secret mountain bike trail building? Nope!

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A Fork in the MTB Trails....

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

How many trails is enough for mountain bikers? As many as they can get away with building, it seems.


The "tipping point" of mountain bike trail building has since long past, with numerous new trails being built, called reroutes, realignments, bypasses, refittings, connectors, etc. all year round on Mt. Fromme, LSCR and  Mt. Seymour (and recently, on Cypress). This is the stark reality of...

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Wild Game of Occupiers Liability, etc....

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

DNV's playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with Liability and Risk...


 

Bike crash victim settles with Blue Mountain

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/05/29/bike-crash-victim-settles-with-blue-mountain#

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Parking Lot Politics

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The final nail in the coffin, if this DNV parking lot deal goes through, as planned. You can actually view what the arrogance of over-entitlement looks like in the picture of the off-road "wheeled locust" wreckreationalists in  DNV's recent NS News ad, below:



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"Snakes and Ladders..."

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Back in 2006, I already saw the "writing on the wall", but continued to "stay the course", coming to the point of recording the destructive after-effects of what actually happens when a scofflaw self-interest group is embraced by politicians and public land managers. Sadly, it hasn't changed the status quo of the mountain biking cult. The ecological vandalism continues, both "sanctioned" and illegal (unsanctioned/unauthorized).

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Easter is about Hope...in the midst of hopelessness

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Earlier on this blog, I wrote about David Suzuki becoming very cynical about the Environmental Movement:

"Environmentalism has Failed" ~Dr. David Suzuki


Now, another environmentalist has stepped forward, without hope for the movement...it is so sad, but they are j...

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The Growing Wall of Shame...

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Other than the usual Bike Shops and the Bike industry who support the NSMBA's Trail Building vandalism (which is expected...) we have to ask ourselves what has happened to the common sense of many other corporations/businesses support of the NSMBA that are not "mountain biking related"?


http://www.th...

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What Can We Learn from History?

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

You sometimes have to scratch your head a bit to wonder how mountain bikers can possibly appreciate the natural environmentthey ride and build roughshod on. There is a clear disconnect somewhere...


But, sometimes one has to give credit where credit is due and this mtber did write a fairly nice piece on the History of  Fromme Mtn., etc. (from a mtber's point of view, of course.)  Here are the links (M...

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Going, Going, Gone...

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM


The big land giveaway, in the name of two very opposite edicts, marches onwards to inevitable destruction: "Sustainable Growth" and "Wreckreational Growth" . Our many panderers, who we call politicians, pander to the developers and selfish interest groups (such as the NSMBA) whims to the point of ignorance.  We can only shake our head...

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Poetic Justice...?

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Sometimes, there is a "too 'good' to be true", story. This one is out of Australia. 

But, as the old proverb goes:


"Truth is stranger than Fiction."


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