It was disheartening to hear of the troubles facing some of Williams Lake’s most beloved downhill mountain bike trails.
A private land owner has put a public notice in the paper and also let the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium know that they do not want anyone biking through their land.
Unfortunately, that decision has lead to the closure of Aflo, Mitch’s Brew and the Loon DH because without trespassing over that private land there is no access from the lower portion of the city to the pristine Crown land above on Fox Mountain.
For those who ride, they will understand what a loss this is to the community.
For those who don’t, they should know that these trails keep youth and adults active and out of trouble.
They are also responsible for bringing dozens of riders from out of town to ride our coveted trails every year, not to mention the hundreds who come in for bike festivals like the Peel Out.
In fact, in recent years mountain biking has quietly become a little industry of its own in the lakecity during a time when we’ve all needed some positive economic news to cling to.
Mountain biking was even a hot topic during the last municipal election, with candidates all singing the praises of local mountain biking trail development.
The city has gotten behind many projects including the new Snakes n’ Ladders trail and, of course, the Boitanio Bike Park. The city even included mountain biking in its recent rebranding package.
When we contacted the city regarding the trail closure, they chose not to comment.
Yes, buying land is an expensive venture, but considering Williams Lake is banking on mountain biking as a marketable tourism industry for our town, what do we have to lose?
Perhaps the city should buy the land in question if it’s an option.
This could be an opportunity, not an obstacle.
– Williams Lake Tribune