What could possibly be the motive for this, especially for an older woman to be endangering bicyclists?
Come to think of it, my wife is 64 so I'd better be careful with the 'old' part.
No doubt she didn't like sharing her favorite hiking trail with bicyclists.
Were these "traps" such as putting them next to a blind corner? Or were they speed-bumps that would be clearly visible to the riders, and just mean they have to get off their bike and walk around them?
How many bicycles are on the trail? I don't mind sharing a hiking trail with a few. Most are courteous. What if there are hundreds or thousands in a day? Do some of the cyclists think they own the trails?
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And why wont the police release the video????
Usually local governments regulate trails for the best use of the users. So, for example, here in Eugene, in town there are a few prime hiking trails that are off limit to mountain bikes. This, of course, pushes them into other regions where they may clash with other trail users.
If an MTB rider can't stop for a stick in the trail, are they able to stop for a pedestrian or a pet?
These are steep technical downhill trails. Not good for horses.
There seem to be not in my backyard people out here, that is my guess.
Most of the bikers I know of are responsible and they tend to and look after their trails. Annual clubs trail repair days and the such.
If the images on Google are from that area, there are a huge number of course obstacles that have been built up specifically for MTBs.
Is this public land?
Who is building all the MTB obstacles?
Did MTBs take over the whole mountain? HOW?
I could imagine some contention with non MTB locals wishing to go out for an afternoon walk.
Hmmm, looking at this page:
Vancouver Hiking - Mount Fromme
It looks like there are some beautiful hiking trails in the area. At least there were at one time.
Everything else seems to indicate that the mountain has just been taken over by the mountain bikes.
Mt. Fromme - A Mountain Biking Overview near North Vancouver, BC - a mountain biking trail
Even Wikipedia seems to have a page that only mentions mountain bike activity.
Mount Fromme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The more I read, I have no doubt there could be problems brewing between mountain bikes and locals.
Last edited by CliffordK; 01-08-15 at 12:38 AM.
I interpret this to mean that the police believe those traps she placed potentially endanger the trail users. It also implies that the mountain bikers are allowed on the trail in question."These are serious charges. These are public trails and one should not interfere with the lawful enjoyment of the trails and set up traps or obstacles to potentially endanger the lives of people using them."
And apparently, most of the mountain bikers were capable of stopping for those obstacles. The RCMP is also quoted as saying, "Fortunately no one was seriously hurt or injured in these incidents."
It doesn't get any easier, you just get faster. - Greg LeMond
Ok, following some of the links in the article.
Rope found strung across Nanaimo trail at neck level - British Columbia - CBC News
Wire snags Saanich mountain biker by the throat - British Columbia - CBC News
No details if similar "traps" were on the trails from the story. I was thinking more like dragging a few branches and logs across the trail to make a few extra trail obstacles. The neck ropes being put up elsewhere sound downright malicious.
There is never a good reason to endanger others. But I'd think most cyclists should be less than surprised that many non-cyclist have no love for cyclists. In fact many people actually hate sharing trails, paths, and roads with cyclists.
I don't think we cyclists deserve the negative rap we get from so many. But with decades of finger-flipping, and rude behavior, I am not at all surprised that some crazy old lady threw some sticks and rock on a trail.
Men also love their children and women can be evil nut jobs. The rigid gender roles that people try to apply do not always fit. . . She might just be an evil person.
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I can understand why she wouldn't want mountain bikers on shared trails, since they tend to go fast (that's kind of the point) and it definitely disturbs any serenity sought after by hikers. But setting up logs and trip wires is not the way to go about getting bikes off the trail.
North Shore News story:
North Vancouver woman accused of setting traps for mountain bikers - News - North Shore News
A lot of the animosity towards mountain bikers has been based on claims of environmental damage. This was partly true. For many years, it was actually illegal to ride your bike, or even construct trails in the area. The latter was done anyway and you had to REALLY know someone, as well as do everything possible, to keep trail locations secret.
In later years, the attitudes began to change, as mountain bike groups, The District of N. Vancouver, The City of N. Vancouver and The City of W. Vancouver started working together to create legitimate and legal mountain bike trails. At the time, there was some fierce opposition from residents and some heated confrontations (I believe there are some on YouTube). In the end, The trails were developed and have evolved into the network of today and for all abilities. Still that doesn't mean everyone is happy, as this incident shows.
Ridiculous, and I hope they treat her the same as any 20-year old punk pulling the same crap. Age should not excuse the severity of the issue.
Basic generalizations and a bit of bigotry toward a particular class... pretty darn common, actually... couple it with a superiority complex and a determination to "fix things..." and viola ---> trap setting bike hater.
Looking at the signage for the trail I'm inclined to think that lower Skull was created fro biking. (Having it shown as double diamond, like the ski run designations is why I think that).
As I see it who created a trail and what it was intended for makes a difference. Bombing down a trail built for that and likely built by the guys who want ot bomb down is quite different than bombing down a trail that was built 100 years ago for foot traffic.
Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.