News from The United Riders of Cumberland

Trail Yield Practices

The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) are installing sign badges on certain trails throughout the Cumberland trail network that will indicate required or recommended travel direction.. These signs will apply to all trail users and will be added to the sign posts at the bottom of the trails listed below. The installation of directional signage is a response to user feedback, the volume of traffic and variety of users on the Cumberland trail network. The goal is to help maintain safety and enjoyment for all trail users without unduly limiting route options. The list of trails with directional signage may change as trail usage continues to develop, new trails are added, or issues are identified.

The trails were identified after considering the following factors:

  • Is climbing up the trail physically possible? Is it realistically feasible for the majority of users?
  • Does the trail’s intended use encourage high speeds, include TTFs or have a layout (ie. Tight corners, blind sections such as rolldowns/drops) that would significantly lower a downhill user’s ability to maneuver or stop to avoid a collision with an uphill user?
  • Does the trail’s established use pattern include both uphill and downhill travel?
  • Does the trail have a history of conflict between uphill and downhill users?

General Yield Practices (on all trails with no directional signage)

Cyclists must be in control of their bikes at all times and be able to yield to other users.

Runners and walkers must be aware of mountain bike traffic on all trails and be able and willing to yield to cyclists. Who actually yields is not exclusive to one user group or

direction of travel and all users should work to make each pass a courteous one.

Trail users with headphones/earbuds should ensure that they can hear approaching traffic on single-track by adjusting the volume or removing earpiece(s).


On trails signed:

In this case uphill travellers should be prepared to yield to cyclists riding downhill while downhill riders must also be prepared to give uphill travellers adequate time to clear the trail.

Uphill travelers should also consider alternate routes – particularly during busier times of year or day.


On trails signed:


On trails designated as “Downhill Travel Only”, uphill travel is NOT permitted.

Trails that will have directional signage installed:

Recommended for Downhill Travel Only:

  • Lower 50:1
  • Bear Buns
  • Bucket of Blood
  • DCDH
  • Furtherburger
  • Off Broadway
  • Queso Grande
  • Race Rocks
  • Slick Rock
  • Switchback
  • That Dam Trail
  • Thirsty Beaver (Upper & Lower)
  • Top Hat
  • Trent Canyon

Downhill Travel Only:

  • Blockhead
  • Broadway
  • Cupcake
  • Gravity
  • Kamikaze
  • Lost Wood
  • Numbskulls
  • Rhizome
  • Truffle Shuffle
  • Woodcutter

 


 

 

UROC Policy on E-Bikes

One of the United Riders of Cumberland’s core purposes is to advocate for non-motorized trail use on privately owned lands. The agreement reached with the private landowners around Cumberland in 2015 specifically grants access for non-motorized, recreational use of the trails and for motorized access when necessary for events or trail work. While we understand that there are many variants of electric assist bikes (e-bikes), UROC considers them to be motorized and does not support their use on the Cumberland trail network at this time.

Read more about our E-Bike policy here »

Trail Crew begins work on Cumberland trail network

Cumberland, BC – The United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) have hired their first Trail Crew staff. As another first for the association, the Trail Crew will continue to help maintain the almost 100 km of trail in the network.

“By bringing the Trail Crew on board, UROC continues to increase its capacity to maintain and manage the trail network,” said Erik Holbek, President of UROC. “Volunteer trail builders and maintainers will continue to play a huge role in Cumberland’s trails, but with a network of this size, having paid staff to address maintenance priorities, identify and deal with safety concerns, and continually improve the trails is a huge step forward.”

Funding for the trail crew comes from UROC member support, revenue from UROC events and fundraising, and grant contributions from local governments.

Working closely with UROC Trail Manager Nathan Kwan, the Trail Crew will be able to respond to feedback about the trail network from trail users as well as continuing to meet the obligations of the Land Access Agreement that UROC has established with the landowners.

“This year has seen UROC’s capacity expand immensely, and it’s great for both the members of the association and local community to start seeing even more tangible changes and improvements to the network,” said Kwan. “The crew is excited to continue creating awesome trail experiences for the community. If you see the crew when you’re out on the trails, make sure to stop and say hello – we’re looking forward to engaging and connecting with trail users.”

Contacts:

Erik Holbek, President: eholbek@hotmail.com
Nathan Kwan, Trail Manager: manager@unitedridersofcumberland.com

Trailhead Signage Project – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Trailhead Signage Project?

The project’s primary goal is to install trailhead signs at the start and end of each trail in the Cumberland trail network, with each sign indicating the trail name and difficulty rating. These signs will help UROC fulfill its responsibilities as land managers by improving trail user safety and experience, as well as providing a communication tool for emergency situations.

Why is UROC taking on this project?

With over 90km of singletrack and 100 trails, the Cumberland trail network is a large and valuable recreation asset that draws many riders, both locals and visitors. The Cumberland Trails Survey 2016 conducted in partnership with VIU last summer found there were over 8700 trail users per month during the summer months. The survey also found that providing trail difficulty ratings and trailhead information signs were among the top 3 trail management priorities identified by trail users.

This project will help UROC address the trail management priorities and improve trail user experience and safety.

Where does the funding for the project come from?

In 2016, UROC applied for a BC Rural Dividend Program grant, administered by the BC provincial government, and it was awarded to UROC in March 2017.

What is the UROC’s process for implementing this project?

UROC will be inviting bidders to respond to an Invitation to Quote (ITQ) to solicit competitive bids. The process allows UROC to clearly define the specifications for the project and required qualifications and requirements for the bidders to meet, as well as ensuring transparency during the project implementation.

What will the trailhead signs look like, and will there be any effect on the existing trail signs?

The Trailhead Signage Project will see the installation of 4×4 posts at approved locations throughout the network. Sign badges will be affixed to each post that indicate the trail name and trail difficulty rating, and where possible a sign post will be located at the start and end of each trail.

The sign format and design were chosen as the best balance of aesthetics, cost effectiveness, durability and ease of replacement. They also allow UROC to fulfill the requirements outlined in the land access agreement (including meeting the Whistler Trail Standards).

There are no plans to change or remove any of the existing trail signs.

Will there be any effect on trail users during project implementation?

Once project work has begun, a contractor may be utilizing the trails and access roads to haul equipment and supplies to the sign installation sites. Efforts will be made to minimize the impact of the installation process on trail usage; however, there may be times when a trail needs to be temporarily closed or alternate routes suggested. UROC will communicate these trail closures on Facebook and Trailforks. The ideal timeline for this project will see completion in July, however this timeline may change due to environmental factors like weather and forest access closure.

Where can I find out more information about this project?

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact UROC Trail Manager Nathan Kwan at: manager@unitedridersofcumberland.com

Dodge City Enduro

Come join us for our 5th and final race of the year! Enduro means you can pedal up with your friends at whatever pace pleases you..and save your legs and lungs for the downhill…and this is especailly true this year, as we have chosen a course that definitely leans more towards the “gravity” descents!

Not necessarily in this order, the stages are as follows:

Stage 1 – Scat to Lower Crafty (not including Brat)
Stage 2 – Truffle Shuffle, left on Teapot to 42nd St, Off Broadway
Stage 3 – Bear Buns, Broadway
Stage 4 – Top of Numbskull, Gravity, Lower DCDH (Experts Only!!)

Experts ride all 4 stages, Intermediates ride 1, 2 and 3, Beginners ride 1 and 3.


Register here »    See the Facebook Event page here »


 

Dodge City Enduro