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Re: “The inconvenient truth about Ebikes

The great news is.....when people actually get a chance to ride an ebike all the negative stuff will appear as just what is is.....SILLY. Right now the only thing holding class 1 bikes back are negative nells doling out reactionary and purposefully negative comments that aren't even based in fact. I think it's mostly because they have personal reasons against someone possibly having it easier than they do. I've been riding and racing for many decades and I think class 1 ebikes are the best thing since sliced bread. I think this article is a little misleading and negative (intentionally so). You infer that because the bikes are heavier than other bikes, the trail impact is real? Really? Much the same, you think, as a non carbon weight weenie enduro bike? I ride an enduro, it's 34 pounds.What about heavier riders..or gasp, clydesdales? I'm tall and thick. 6'3 and 200. Even when I'm on my race bike I'm still 40-50 pounds heavier than most guys. Full suspension electric MTB's like the pivot and focus weigh 43-44lbs....that's not much more than an enduro bike. And unless you're weighing people at the trail head and turning away people who weigh 15 or 20 (or 40 or 50) pounds more than (insert arbitrary number here) I guess you should stay home? Also your "you'll be waiting at the top of the trail for a half hour for your friends" is nonsense...unless you're super man and your friends are all slow. I've been riding an ebike for over a year and I can't keep up with the fast guys when they go fast. ...I can hang uphill but I'm NOT leaving them behind.

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Posted by SantaCruz on 05/23/2018 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Province says no to dogs in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Keyhole destroyed due to too much tourism and Joffre looks next. Pretty sad.

Posted by The Spangler on 05/22/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “The inconvenient truth about Ebikes

I agree with you Don, you make valid points. Just keep them in the cities, not in the mountains.

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Posted by Grant Leo on 05/22/2018 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Renate Bareham – Being Stefan Ples' Daughter

Renate probably doesn't remember me, but I was taught to ski by the Jim McConkey Ski School and she was one his instructors back in the day. Thanks to their excellent technique, I became a good skier, thus able to truly enjoy the Whistler/Blackcomb experience. Thanks Renate! Murray Brown

Posted by downtownsound55 on 05/21/2018 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Province says no to dogs in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

Make it like he Grand Canyon. Limit the users. So sad, I have hiked this trail many times when only a handful of hikers used it. Truly is beautiful but humans, not dogs, are ruining it.

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Posted by Scot Fennell on 05/21/2018 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Mountain-bike advocacy group starting up

Welcome back Mike, your comments are always entertaining!

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Posted by Big Bill on 05/21/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Posted by Andy Calvin on 05/17/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “105 Hikes offers lofty summer goals

Thanks for the interview, Alyssa!

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Posted by StephenHui on 05/17/2018 at 4:57 PM

Re: “The inconvenient truth about Ebikes

Electric Bicycles are quickly becoming the vehicle of choice for folks who are discovering the health benefits of bicycling while helping to reduce the environmental impact of our existing transportation system.

Electric bicycles are as safe, stable and sturdy as traditional bicycles and move at bike-like speeds. As a new, innovative and clean-technology transportation option, their use in the U.S. and other countries has brought the pleasure and freedom of bicycling to millions with no compromise in consumer safety.

Communities across the country face transportation challenges related to traffic congestion, local air quality, climate change, obesity and lack of physical inactivity. Encouraging alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycling, can help address these challenges.

Increases to quality of life: Electric bicycles make riding a bicycle for commuting and transportation easier and faster, allow current bicycle users to bike more often and farther and promote alternative transportation for people who cant afford the high cost of car ownership.

Increases to bicycle ridership: Electric bicycles provide a new option for people who want to bicycle but would otherwise not because of physical fitness, age, disability or convenience, especially at high altitude and for those whose work commutes are within the 5-20 mile range and who traditionally drive.

Environmental benefits: Electric bicycles reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption, improve air quality and support alternative modes of transportation.

Everyday utility: Electric bicycles can carry up to 400 lbs. of cargo and can be equipped with built-in hauling features, specialty baskets, versatile racks, carrying bags and other accessories to accomplish many daily commuting activities.

Benefits to public infrastructure and safety: Electric bicycles decrease traffic congestion, increase road safety with more cyclists on the road and reduce demand for parking spaces.

Economic benefits: Electric bicycles benefit small business owners by providing a cost-effective alternative to cars and trucks when used for equipment transport and deliveries.

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Posted by Don DiCostanzo on 05/17/2018 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Whistler Fire Chief set to retire next month

Chief Playfair,
Congratulations on your retirement! You have worked hard, served your community well and always with honour. The firefighters at Whistler were always a pleasure to work with and your dedication to the team has had a huge impact that those who follow will have to work hard to match.

I can say the above because I do remember working 'with' you in a very direct/indirect way and although you likely do not remember me, given that we have never met face to face, but you might remember my voice. I was one of the first 20 civilians to train for Fire Dispatch at E-Comm in 2002 and tapped out one of the first calls to Whistler ever dispatched by a female civilian. It went something like this... "Whiskey One, Whiskey Two medical assist one point five kilometers northbound on Shit Happens Trail... I repeat Whiskey One, Whiskey Two medical assist one point five kilometers northbound on Shit Happens Trail, for a naked male and female stuck in a tree, possible broken femur.

LOL... for tapping out that call and successfully completing Fire Dispatch training I was nicknamed... to be forever known as Shit Happens. :)

I wish you a long and happy retirement full of relaxation and peace.

Regards,
Rae-Lynne Dicks, MA
*Shit Happens*

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Posted by Rae-Lynne Dicks on 05/17/2018 at 2:55 AM

Re: “Wilhelm-Morden will not seek re-election in October

Social media is tough. But it's a reality that was really fostered back in the late 90's on bull boards like the Raging Bull. When you work for a public company, the comments also get very personal. I know. Politics is no different now, and the newer generations of leaders know that social media comments are nothing more than obtuse dogmatic verbal punches made by people who live in their parent's basements.

For a politician to succeed, they have to not take it personally. And their families must be onside before they choose to serve.

Posted by Patrick Smyth on 05/16/2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “A tale of two farmers' markets

Well written Braden

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Posted by Patrick Smyth on 05/16/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Re: “Harriman enjoys lucky seven in Boston

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Posted by Jon Wesie on 05/13/2018 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Celebrate Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week

Keep banging that drum, Mike - you've only been at it for three decades, eventually someone might listen to you. Don't worry, if you get too frustrated you can always attack another mountain biker on the trail. https://www.outsideonline.com/1808171/trial-mike-vandeman

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Posted by Peter John Colapinto on 05/13/2018 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Celebrate Whistler Mountain Bike Heritage Week

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 05/12/2018 at 7:37 PM

Re: “McIntosh killer sentenced to five years

Check out the Ted talk on restortative justice. The widow and the convicted have worked together, teaching in schools and with youth on social justice and restorative justice. An amazing story that the death penalty would have not allowed happen. Everyone needs a little time in in there life!

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Posted by Todd E. Weisbrot on 05/12/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Local company removes almost half a ton of trash from Lost Lake area

Messy and bear endangering camping is wrong. But camping/vanarchy/squatting is what the economy has asked for. Ridiculously high rents and ridiculously low wages have made camping a necessity for many workers in the province and beyond. Get used to it because until affordable living balance is attained, the problem won't go away.

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Posted by Jimmy Bee on 05/11/2018 at 9:12 AM

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