In fall 2018, CMBC undertook an exercise to engage members in what they thought the club’s trail priorities should be. We had a great response, with 75 people responding to our survey and over 30 people attending our workshop. CMBC asked the following overarching question:
In partnership with the City of Whitehorse (and other land-managers), how can CMBC best make transparent, strategic, and inclusive decisions that sustainably grow and maintain the trail network so that people continue to enjoy a diversity of trail-riding experiences?
We sought to produce some guiding principles to guide trail development decision-making, and maybe some trail priorities. Based on member input, we came up with the following:
CMBC Trail Development Guiding Principles
- Progression – allowing for skill development while still building fun trails for advanced riders
- Connections – enhancing connections to optimize the existing trail network
- Sustainability – balancing the needs of today, and tomorrow, and ensuring our decisions today support trail and organizational longevity/sustainability
The board is going to use these pillars to help us prioritize new trail projects, as ideas and requests come in, over the next year. We will revisit after a year of using these guiding principles to adjust as needed, and move forward with successes.
Can I see the full results from your trail planning survey and meeting?
Yes! Full unedited results from the 75 surveys are available and anonymous. Event flip-chart notes and participant-made stickies were transcribed and analysed by the facilitator and members of the executive, and made into a report. They are kind of long, but we are happy to share. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
So what if I want to build a trail?
CMBC supports our members to be trail builders by helping them with the paperwork, liaising with the City of Whitehorse, recruiting volunteers for trail nights, and providing tools. If you have a trail you really want to build, give us a shout at email@example.com or speak with Trail Director Scott Keesey.
We are particularly looking for members who are interested in building connector trails which will enhance our existing network, and trails with opportunities for progression (for example, features with ride-arounds which are rideable for a variety of skill levels).
What if I just want to help with maintenance?
Buy a membership (so we can insure you!), click ‘yes’ to join our email list, and watch our facebook page and website for updates on when and where we are holding trail nights. It would be so great to have you out!