RCA’s membership survey informs Revelstoke’s biking future

The Revelstoke Cycling Association's recent membership survey presents priorities for the club and informs the future of mountain biking in Revelstoke.

The Revelstoke Cycling Association has surveyed trail users. Photo: Contributed

This story is part of a feature that first appeared in print in Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine’s January 2023 issue. Read the entire e-edition here:

A recent survey circulated among mountain bike enthusiasts will help guide the Revelstoke Cycling Association’s (RCA) planning, priorities and policies.

The survey garnered 186 responses — 144 from members and 42 from non-members.

The association’s Executive Director, Alex Cooper, says that the strong community engagement will help ensure the club continues to align with the community’s values to focus its efforts. The survey asked questions about where people ride, what RCA priorities should be, what policies should be considered, and where the association should prioritize trail maintenance, construction and new trails. The survey also welcomed comments for the club to explore.

“We’ve reviewed all the comments we received. Some of the feedback can be implemented immediately, while other comments will inform long-term planning,” said Alex Cooper. “For example, the responses to our questions about trail maintenance will help inform our work plan for our trail crew in 2023. The question around opening up Frisby Ridge to e-bikes will be brought to our RSTBC officer in the spring so it can be implemented next summer. From a more long-term perspective, the questions about where people want new trails will inform our future trail development plans.”

Results show that people want to see new trails developed at Sunnyside and for the club to prioritize trail maintenance at Macpherson. Survey respondents think it is very important for the association to maintain existing trails and develop new ones and place less importance on the RCA attracting out-of-town visitors and hosting major races.

The survey also revealed that 67.7 per cent of respondents support the association exploring the possibility of opening Frisby Ridge to e-bikes.

“Our biggest long-standing goal is to obtain a multi-year funding commitment for our trail maintenance program. We rely on grants, memberships, and sponsorships for our funding, but none of these are guaranteed,” says Cooper. “A long-term funding commitment would give us some certainty going forward and will go a long way towards ensuring the sustainability of our trails. Other goals include developing our relations with First Nations, boosting volunteerism at events and Dig Nights, building Phase 1 of the Boulder Climb Trail, and starting the application process for new trails on Sunnyside.”

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Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.