As a regular user of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park since I was a kid and a member of the North Okanagan Cycling Society, I was saddened and angered reading the letter written by M. Sandberg regarding mountain bikers in Kal Park.
I have seen countless hours of volunteer work from the mountain bike community alongside B.C. Parks to maintain and improve Kal Park over the past few years.
This group of mountain bikers has stepped up to create new trails, maintain existing trails and even help decommission trails that weren’t approved by Parks. The higher traffic in Kal Park has changed the landscape but it is from all user groups and a growing community.
Yet to single out the one group that has worked so hard to improve the communities’ experience of the park, not just for them, but for everyone in the park, is just terrible.
This letter has linked up a few people who have bad etiquette with a whole user group.
I know that I am always sure to slow down and say, “Hi” when I pass people in the park.
I hope in the future that before anyone places blame on one group in the community, that they do their homework.
This is a very passionate group of people who have given so much back to the community and taken on so much responsibility for maintaining the south side of Cosens Bay.
I can’t help feel that any biker who has been out on a trail day volunteering their own time to maintain the trail system will feel that this is a personal attack.