Happy trails once again for Mount Seymour bikers
North Shore Mountain Bike Association and CMHC reach a deal after more than a year of negotiation
Mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts can freely return to using a popular Mount Seymour trail network commonly called Blair Rifle Range.
The North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) announced a deal this week with the owner of the 644-acre property — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) — for trail users to ride at their own risk.
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The agreement also stipulates the association will maintain the trails.
"We already do a lot of work on Mount Seymour surrounding these lands," said Cooper Quinn, NSMBA vice-president and director.
In October 2016, CMHC put up No Trespassing signs on trailheads around the area.
"I think it was kind of a knee-jerk reaction to a liability concern," said Quinn.
Quinn says B.C.'s strong Occupiers Liability Act was a key factor in reaching an equitable deal.
"It really protects CMHC from liability surrounding any potential injuries or lawsuits on these trails.
"So, I think they've got a bit more comfort there now," said Quinn.
Negotiations also included consultations with First Nations and other local land managers.