Motorized vehicles a problem on trails

On a recent cycling trip from Osprey Lake to Coalmont, the group of cyclists I was with encountered numerous ATVs and dirt bikes. While some of the motorized riders were polite, we met some with a blatant disregard for regulations.

Dear Editor:

On a recent cycling trip from Osprey Lake to Coalmont, the group of cyclists I was with encountered numerous ATVs and dirt bikes.

While some of the motorized riders were polite, we met some with a blatant disregard for regulations.

Clear signs indicate that motorized vehicles are not allowed yet many of the cement blockades have been removed. Some refused to slow down, causing undue dust and one dirt bike rider narrowly missed hitting a cyclist in our group.

I have photos of the signs, the cement blockades and some of the motorized riders. Parts of the trail are so soft that cycling and even walking are difficult.

Tourism is a big part of beautiful British Columbia.

We promote the province as being green, encourage a decreased use of fossil fuels, encourage healthy lifestyles. Non-motorized users of the Trans Canada Trail and the Kettle Valley Railway bed have to deal with issues of safety, damage to the environment and wildlife with both noise and air pollution caused by motorized vehicles.

This is a beautiful and historic attraction.

I feel motorized and non-motorized users should not share the same trails.

The Trans Canada Trail and the Kettle Valley Railway bed should be non-motorized.

Deactivated forest service roads could perhaps be allocated for motorized riders.

Marlene Gregory

Summerland