In Whistler’s Backyard a Provincial Park Says No to Mountain BikesBy Steve Casimiro on December 14th, 2012
Garibaldi Provincial Park officials held a packed meeting last week to review the long-term plan for the Spearhead region of the park and said they’re concerned about how access is impacting cultural and archaeological sites. In particular they see the increasing popularity of mountain biking and the desire for riders to access a proposed hut system (for skiers) as a threat. Mountain bikers call B.S.: Officials don’t want bikes, but helicopters will be permitted to continue flying the well-heeled into this prized backcountry. The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) said it’s not happy, and in March more than 80 percent of respondents to the online comments survey were in favor of mountain biking in the Spearhead, with proper management. The matter isn’t entirely over yet. WORCA officials are requesting a meeting and public comment is still open until January 10. Via Whistler Question.
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