October 30, 2014 - 2:27 PM
KAMLOOPS - If you’ve biked at Lac du Bois recently you may have noticed some changes as a local biking group continues to improve the trail system with maintenance, maps and signs.
The Kamloops Bike Riders Association signed a partnership with B.C. Parks earlier this year. Since then they have been working towards managing and maintain trails, especially in areas that were previously unmanaged, such as the expanded part of the Lac du Bois Protected Grasslands.
The Association hopes by maintaining the trail systems, riders will be more responsible when using them, which makes the area more sustainable and provides added tourism benefits to the city.
So far crews have put in posts and signs on 25 kilometres of trail and future plans include a dedicated parking area, with a trailhead kiosk outlining the map, local plant and animal species and education about the conservation of grasslands.
The group is also looking towards expanding the board of directors as they grow the sanctioned trail systems at Lac du Bois and Kenna Cartwright to help grow the sport in Kamloops in 2015. They will be hosting an annual general meeting and social at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Red Beard Roasters on Tranquille Road. They will also talk about the bike trail system that was recently made official in Pineview.
The Kamloops Trails Alliance signed an agreement with the province last year to help maintain trails in the Lac du Bois area as well.
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— This story was updated at 8:01 p.m., Oct. 30, 2014 to correct the date of the annual general meeting.
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