June 2023 Executive Director Report

Kristin Parsons

Welcome to Summer.!

I am not sure where the month of June has gone as it certainly flew by here in the Kootenays. I am still so impressed by the amount of work we are seeing in our clubs all over the province, getting out brushing and clearing thousands of kms of trails in preparation for a busy summer of riding.

I encourage you to follow our social media channels to learn more about the ATVBC affiliated club events and activities and find a way to join in on an activity during your travels this summer.

What better way to start your summer then to attend our  Poker Ride and AGM event starting this week Jun 28-Jul 3rd in Princeton. Registration has been strong, and we are expecting a great turnout of riders from around the province along with some great booths and displays for dealers, suppliers and sponsors alike. Registration is now closed but there is a little bit of space left if you want to register on site. Check out our website for details on the event.  Special thanks to our dedicated Poker Ride Task Force members for putting a lot of time and energy into making this event a huge success.

If you missed out on your chance at our annual Poker Ride, not to worry, we have another amazing way for you to try your luck at winning big!!! I am excited to share our new ATVBC summer 50/50 draw is growing strong. This draw will run until end of August. Support your local clubs and purchase your ticket today!!! Go online to see what the prize pot is at today and watch it grow!

You may have seen a lot of great social media posts on our ATVBC pages about ATV Safety Week that was held June 3-12th 2023. This year more than ever we are reminding our riders of the legal requirements for “spark arrestors” on your machines. Due to the very high wildfire risk in BC, it is so important that we follow the rules and take the steps to limit our impacted while riding during the driest months of the year. As of 2018, all manufacturers were required to have a spark arrestor on the machines, HOWEVER, if you have a machine older than 2018, you may not have one, and it is now legally required on all machines in order to ride on crown land. For more on spark arrestors and other key safety messages, visit our Facebook page.

Back in April, I reported on our new Corporate Membership package, and we are excited to announce yet another amazing new member benefit provider has joined ATVBC.

VIXENS Canada is now a proud corporate member of ATVBC offering our members a 20% discount on their amazing clothing and accessory line. Members attending this weeks Poker Ride will have a chance to see VIXENS gear onsite at their vendor booth. Come down and check them out!

Off-Road Vixens Clothing line is built for women who love to play Off-Road and outdoors… Our mission is to give the ladies of the motorsports and outdoor world what they have been missing.  Not just “Clothing” but clothing with an attitude!

We are the go to brand for womens motocross apparel and all other extreme sports and activities.

Whether you are into Motocross, Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, UTV’s, Sand-Rails, 4×4, Snowmobiles, Hunting or just playing Outdoors, our clothing line is built just for you.

Our signature trademark “Girls Get Dirty Too!®” says it all.

Do you have an ATV related business product or service and want to offer a great benefit to our over 5000 members? Contact us to find out how we can highlight your business to our amazing membership.

As reported in May, we are continuing to monitor the changes amongst the Rec Sites and Trails (RSTBC) internal staff structure to ensure our members projects and concerns are not left unanswered. We are excited to see the added capacity in key areas around the province and we encourage all clubs to reach out to your local rec officer if they are new and introduce yourself and your projects.

This past month has been busy with our work on the BC Power Sports Coalition (BCPSC) and our current project, the development of a best practices guide for ORV trails in BC. I reported on this project to members back in April and I am pleased to report phase 1 of our project is almost complete. Over the last few months this project has seen the members of BCPSC and our consultants work to engage key stakeholders, including members of our ATV clubs to provide input on the current trail development process with Rec Sites and Trails and other organizations. We thank all those that participated in our survey and in-person interviews to provide honest feedback on the challenges you face in the current structures you work with. The feedback that was received was put into a final report that will be used as a guide for the next steps in the project. This will become a multi year project. Read more about this project here!

Last but not least, we have talked about it for months and it is finally here!! The new member survey is ready to be launched. You will see an email coming to you early next week with a link to this very important survey. We strongly encourage you to participate in this survey as the results will form a key part of the planning process with the ATVBC Board of Directors as they move forward in their Strategic planning session taking place in the Fall.

See you on the trails!