Mountain Bike Trail Restoration in North Vancouver (NSMBA)
- September 7, 2018
- Posted by: Lindsay Chen
- Category: Employee-Driven Fundraising
Partners: North Shore Mountain Biking Association (NSMBA)
Location: North Vancouver, BC
On Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 BGC joined the ranks of organizations like RBC, Arc’teryx, and MEC by adopting a trail through the North Shore Mountain Biking Association (NSMBA). BGC made a financial contribution and has committed to helping maintain sections of The Leppard Bike Trail under the direction of the NSMBA and the trail’s lead builder, Pete Morin.
The Trail Adoption Program (TAP) was initiated by the NSMBA in 2011 to revitalize local trails by using modern and sustainable building techniques. The TAP program goals are to show respect for the environment through trail work that lessens impact, diverts water, and minimizes erosion. Through TAP and other initiatives, NSMBA and its partners are building and maintaining a unique community resource that gets locals easy access to nature and has helped make the North Shore an iconic mountain biking destination.
BGC benefits from this initiative by helping turn a once-rugged trail into something more accessible to a wider group of riders.
Through the TAP initiative, BGC contributes to community spirit and is provided with a sense of accomplishment. Signage with our company logo is placed at the trailhead for the calendar year.
Leppard Trail is a key link within a very popular string of trails on Mount Fromme in North Vancouver. It’s an intermediate-level mountain biking trail, popular with newer and less aggressive riders. BGC took over from Giant Canada who had adopted it from 2015 through 2018.
Pete Morin, The Lead Builder from NSMBA, has given countless hours over the past two decades to constantly build and maintain these trails. He led BGC’s volunteer team of 15 adults and three kids for approximately 3 hours of digging, moving soil, placing and shaping berms, and cutting subtle drainage channels. Pete hopped up and down the trail giving guidance and sage wisdom. He was surprised by how little guidance the volunteers needed until he remembered that the group was made up of dirt and water engineers. Five successive corners with berms and drainage were built and a fairly rocky eroded section of the trail was smoothed out.
All BGC’ers are encouraged to volunteer! You don’t need to be a mountain biker to help improve our adopted trail and have some fun while doing so.