Saturday, September 05, 2015

North Shore mountain bikers airing their dirty laundry…



It’s basically all about who “owns” all those non-sanctioned/illegal MTB trails that have been proliferating like legendary unfixed rabbits on the North Shore for the past umpteen years. 

It’s about what happens when an over-entitled self-interest group gets far too much undeserved political clout, support and funding than they deserve,  that they feel they have the right to lord it over others, both inside and outside of the MTB community. Rewards like this will not do much to change the inherent scofflaw behaviour of these mountain bikers.

It's litigious! After all, the mountain biking community has decided to air its dirty laundry on a very public mountain biking website forum, making it fair game for anyone. Here are the juicy bits… (just the “tip of the proverbial iceberg”)



North Shore Mountain Biking Forums (http://bb.nsmb.com/index.php)
-   The Shore (http://bb.nsmb.com/forumdisplay.php?f=3)
Update: The above post thread has since been removed from the NSMB.com forum. In its place, you can view the newer thread post on this "topic"...
http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=162719

"Summary: Mark Wood retains a lawyer. Accuses me (Lee Lau) of defamation. Does this during the NSMBA - North Shore Mountain Bike Association August cooling-off period. Just more examples of how much Mark Wood respects his employers wishes..."

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Call it karma, if you wish...

But, the air must be taken out of the tires of these over-entitled mountain bikers, and for this sport to be better regulated, properly contained, and diligently managed.

Our public land managers can’t trust "the mice to guard the cheese". It has become a failed “experiment” that also endangers non-MTB forest users on the North Shore. This past long weekend:
War in the Woods! (http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=162697
How much more has to happen before our politicians stop being so complacent and adulating about this MTB wreckreation inside our public forests and park land?  Comments, anyone?

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what is this? The North Shore Cycling Blog?! There's an election campaign going on folks! Why are there no topics to discuss that?! We get it, the North Shore is anti-bike and anyone who rides a bike is the devil incarnate. Enough! Let's get onto a topic that impacts all of us!

Anonymous said...

Let's make it an election issue:

The Federal government had a big hand in funding the NSMBA's mountain biking trails on our North Shore a couple short years ago. They are also funding destructive off-road mountain biking inside our National Parks.

Plus, destabilized watersheds impact us all on the North Shore.

Anonymous said...

1. Agree that a politics blog should have a thread discussing politics during an election.

2. Anon 10:44. The posts on cycling are all to do with cyclists behaving responsibly. There wasn't a single post that carried the overblown nonsense stated in your post.

Gunther said...

I've been observing mountain bikers and mountain biking for a couple of decades. In all that time, what stands out most is mountain bikers' selfish attitudes. They act as if they own every park, and have the right to do whatever they want to there. This will end soon, as the public wakes up to what is happening to their parks, and who is responsible for the damage.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why the North Shore News has been so silent on this issue. It is pathetic to think that it is because of their affiliations with the politicians who condone this travesty.

Anonymous said...

Because it's only news to the uptight folks who can't handle sharing the trails (or their street parking) with anyone who doesn't live in their neighbourhood. This is NIMBYism, disguised as a concern for the environment, pure and simple.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean the very small special interest group called the mountain bikers who are ruining our forests? And...we are paying them to do it and facilitating their scourge.

Anonymous said...

The forests were ruined generations ago. This is a recreation area adjacent a major city. If you want pristine forest you're gonna have go further than your back door. That's a simple fact. If you don't like all that comes with living in a major city, you might want to rethink where you live. Especially if you can't learn to share the trails with other users.

Anonymous said...

Conflicts in the forest are growing. It's mainly because of the selfish entitlement of the mountain bikers.

For instance, on the BP Trail, a multi-use trail, where mountain bikers have to YIELD to hikers -- we have a mountain biker telling people how he taught a family of hikers a "lesson" (from the same "War of the Woods" threadpost):

http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?p=2887697#post2887697
"And then I rip down the Stairs of Despair at 50 mph when there is a family in the way and refuse to yield.
... I do it as a community service so that when people meet other trail users and a minor infraction occurs, they will remember *that time* when I headed straight at them screaming ... and they had to jump off the downhill side of the trail into nasty deadfall."

This isn't NIMBYism coming from other "on foot" forest users. This is what happens when a freewheeling scofflaw group gets rewarded too much entitlement inside our forests by foolish land managers who are afraid to say "BOO!" to the bikers. Rarely do I see a mountain biker dismount, or make way for hikers. It is always the hikers who seem to step aside, or dive into the dead fall. This is why the conflict is growing and why this sport must be corraled on our North Shore.

Anonymous said...

More interesting is the actual silence coming from the mountain biking community and their supporters on the topic of the original post. Too hot to handle?

Anonymous said...

The comment from anon 8:46 pm sounds exactly like something our illustrious concilil Councillor Bond would say. In other woods the forest is no good anymore, which is a pile of bull , so let's contiinue to abuse it in whatever way we want. The ecosystems and biodiversities don't matter. We live in this big city here so let's just trash it. What a load that is! It's all the more reason to take care of it. Thanks Mr Bond!

Mocrael said...

I find it highly amusing that one of the two Law Firms involved in this little litigious MTBer spat is "McLean & Armstrong", West Vancouver:

"Lawyers in Vancouver, British Columbia specializing in Construction Law and Litigation"

"Many of our clients are contractors engaged in the heavy construction or forest industries." "...our law firm helps prevent and resolve construction disputes..."
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Go figure? A bit too ridiculous, and over the top, isn't it? Their lawyers must think it is pretty insane, too.

Anonymous said...

Mocreal, why are you concerned over their choice of lawyer? In fact, why are you so obsessed to even care?

Anonymous said...

You are clearly failing to see the humour in this MTB theatre of the absurd, Anon.

Anonymous said...

I fail to see humour in any kind of NIMBYism disguised as a concern for the environment. I've been here long enough to know that this is all about Mocreals dislike for "outsiders" using her road to access a recreational resource that belongs to everyone. It's also an knee-jerk reaction to a few bad apples, which seems to be an overriding theme with posters to this blog. People need to focus on the majority of people who know how to share the roads and trails and stop obsessing over the minority of idiots (who are equally represented by all user groups).

Anonymous said...

Go do your battle with the E-powered mountain bikers and Strava MTBers who are taking over, and don't cry about them damaging your beloved mountain bike trails. That would be considered most hypocritical. You would just beome another kind of NIMBY, if you won't share your trails with the motorized freewheelers in the woods. Let's see how that turns out... Vroom! Vroom!

It is funny how mountain bikers (NSMB.com) are now saying the exact same things about E-MTBs on the trails, as hikers and conservation/environmental folk did several years ago about pedal MTBs on the trails, and still are. I find it rather amusing... don't you? You can't battle a Sherman tank with water pistols...

This is on a present local MTB forum discussion about E-MTBs:

"I hope we can nip this trend in the bud before it becomes a problem."

I completly (sic) agree but just as it has been outlined before that if a "rule" is not enforced it is mearly (sic) just a suggestion."

(Source - http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=162688)

PS. It's "Mocrael", not Mocreal, Anon.

Anonymous said...

Actually I don't mountain bike on the trails. I just hike and walk my dogs. So don't assume that just because I have no issues with mountain bikers (or any other user who is respectful toward others) that I'm a member of their organization.

Every user group has its bad apples. Let's concentrate on culling those, rather than demonizing everyone with the same brush. That sort of attitude benefits nobody. And while the infighting and finger pointing continues, so does that bad behaviour by a few.

Anonymous said...

Cull the NSMBA. A rotten apple in the barrel spreads its rot to the rest.

Anonymous said...

There's room for "culling" in every user group. Don't place all the blame of the cyclists.

Mocrael said...

The NSMB.com has removed the thread posts on the litigious topic, "due to collateral damage." As one MTBer put it aptly:

"Oh the Cam came back
The very next day, reserved
Right to censorship"

and another MTBer, ironically, stated:

"better to air your dirty laundry out in the open where everyone can see it."

Should we laugh or cry? The many sins of the mountain biking "community" will continue to leak out of the NSMBA "gold dirt" bucket full of holes... Guaranteed!

It's only going to get a whole lot worse with E-MTBers battling for room on the trails, now. Call it MTB karma. An interesting article on the subject...

Counterpoint: ‘Motor+Bike=Motorbike’ – Marc Basiliere’s Take on E-Bike Trail Access

http://www.bikerumor.com/2015/09/11/counterpoint-marc-basilieres-take-on-e-bike-trail-access/

~aka, the "Frog Lady"

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Anonymous said...

Yawn.....

Monica, Do you get up every morning watering at the mouth to creep on the local
NSMB site? Then post the same crap on your twitter page, again and again? A page that no one follows......

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Put your efforts into something positive

Anonymous said...

Is that really worth it? Please, stop it and do something useful.

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