Castlegar’s Ian Cowan takes advantage of the city and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and the Williams Lake Cycling Club’s free mountain bike shuttle program

Castlegar’s Ian Cowan takes advantage of the city and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and the Williams Lake Cycling Club’s free mountain bike shuttle program

Free bike shuttles continue

The first weekend of free mountain bike shuttles in Williams Lake rode along smoothly with riders hitting trail networks.

The first weekend of free mountain bike shuttles rode along smoothly with riders hitting the Westsyde trail network on Saturday and the Fox Mountain trail network on Sunday.

Hosted by the City of Williams Lake in partnership with the Williams Lake Cycling Club and the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium, the shuttle delivered more than 70 riders to the trails including locals and out-of-region riders, alike.

“We had people visiting from Chetwynd, Prince George and other northern communities, as well as a bunch of local Williams Lake riders enjoying the service,” said Beth Holden, events and marketing co-ordinator with the City of Williams Lake. “Everyone seemed really pleased and had said they had never seen a city offer such awesome mountain bike tourism service before.”

The service intends to support the ongoing efforts of the CMBC to grow the economic impact of mountain biking in the region, as well as pilot the potential business opportunity of a shuttle service in the city and to investigate its potential viability.

The shuttles will be running every weekend in July with pickup and drop off at various locations, depending on the day. The following is the schedule for shuttles:

July 12 — South Lakeside — Canadian Tire parking lot to Dog Creek Road

July 13 — Westsyde — river valley parking lot to Snakes and Ladders trailhead

July 19 — Westsyde — river valley parking lot to Snakes and Ladders trailhead

July 20 — Fox Mountain — Ramada Inn parking lot and bottom of Fox Mountain Road to Hillbilly and Mason Road trailheads

July 26 — Southsyde — Canadian Tire parking lot to Dog Creek Road

July 27 — Westsyde — river valley parking lot to Snakes and Ladders trailhead.