April is a busy month around here, with the Poker Ride coming up, planning for the AGM on the Island in September, Grant awards, trips to Victoria and much, much more. But first:

The purpose is to gain an understanding of how the government will manage these and how they will provide information to the general public on how to handle a situation should a member of the public encounter an IPCA. Based on our previous conversation with Minister Cullen, we are hoping for a positive exchange, and some direction from the other ministries as well.

  • The trade shows have been a big hit, with two in the Lower Mainland, one in Kelowna and two on the A lot of interest has been shown by people attending the shows and it looks like we have been able to sign up some new members to ATVBC as well as the local clubs. The tradeshow committee, I am sure, will have further information to share in the next newsletter.
  • The results of the RSTBC ORV Trail Fund grants will be released in the next couple of days.  I am pleased to say that over $30,000 in ATVBC trail grants were awarded to clubs this year.  So, if you have a pet project that you would like to get some funding for, don’t hesitate to apply in the fall.
  • The ATVBC Board has voted to join the Tread Lightly organisation (treadlightly.org), and while, at present, it is a primarily US based organisation, the Canadian Quad Council is negotiating to create a Canadian arm of this very worthwhile organisation. Tread Lightly’s principles are very similar to those of ATVBC.  ATVBC will be providing further information in the coming weeks.   Part of their mantra is:

“The importance of protecting access to public lands for motorized recreation is vital to all off-road enthusiasts, from racers to the casual off-roader, and we all need to do our part.  All off-road enthusiasts have a responsibility to the sport and to the off-road community to be respectful while enjoying their passion. This ensures the opportunity to pursue those passions can be available for years to come.”

  • At this year’s AGM on the Island, there will be a couple of Directors whose terms are up and will not be letting their names stand for another term, so ATVBC is looking for a few good men and women to come forward and offer their talents in service of our members by sitting on the Board of Directors. The positions are open to all members in good standing. So, give it some thought and if you are interested, or know of someone who is, please let me, or Padraig Tedford, our Nominations Chair know.
  • One of the other projects that ATVBC is working on is getting ORV access within small communities. That means finding ways to allow you to ride your ATV on some of the streets of your community. We are getting very positive responses from a number of communities and we are looking at taking this to the UBCM conference in September for endorsement.

Spring is here and the trails are opening up, so enjoy the trails when and wherever you can, and please remember to ride safely.

Respectfully submitted,

Chris DSilva