Golden’s first adaptive-inclusive trail officially opens Print Article Font Size
On July 24, Golden’s first adaptive-inclusive trail opened to the public, providing additional mountain biking opportunities in the community, and making Golden’s trail network more accessible and inclusive. Located near the CBT trail network, the new trail is open to all non-motorized users with a 3.6 km trail loop with a directional climbing trail and two descending trail options.
 
“The Golden Cycling Club is excited to announce the completion and grand opening of the adaptive-inclusive trail,” said James Acton, president of the Golden Cycling Club. “The trail is an excellent addition to a growing network of adaptive inclusive trails in the Kootenays, and will also provide an accessible trail for riders with chariots and riders new to the sport.”
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The adaptive-inclusive trail project is a trail initiative led by the Golden Cycling Club and was highlighted as a high priority within the Golden and Area A Regional Trail Strategy in 2018.
 
“We’ve been thrilled to be involved in making this trail initiative a reality,” said Jason Jones, executive director with the Golden and Area A Trail Alliance. “This trail will be the first adaptive-inclusive trail constructed in Golden and form part of an east to west Kootenay adaptive regional circuit with trails located in Golden, Rosebery, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Invermere, and Fernie.”
 
Funded through the Resort Municipality Initiative ($70 thousand), the Columbia Basin Trust ($25 thousand) and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District ($20 thousand), the project was made possible through the collaboration of the Golden Cycling Club, Town of Golden, Golden and Area A Trail Alliance, CSRD, Columbia Basin Trust and BC Recreation Sites and Trails.
 
“This is a fantastic initiative. Adventure and community are part of our identity here in Golden,” said Mayor of Golden, Ron Oszust. “It’s great to see so many people coming together to make our local trail networks more inclusive and making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in the activities Golden has to offer.”
 
Designed by Larch Landscape Architecture in conjunction with Starr Trail Solutions, this trail will provide an opportunity for riders of adaptive cycles to enjoy mountain biking in the Golden area. Local rider Blair Jones and members of the Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association were involved early on and provided with an opportunity to ride the trail and give feedback from an adaptive rider point of view before the trail was completed.
 
 “The creation of the adaptive-inclusive trail is a wonderful example of community stakeholders working collaboratively to support one of our most important community recreation resources, our trail system,” said Electoral Area A Director Karen Cathcart. “Thank you to everyone who have worked tirelessly to complete this most important recreation resource so that all users can participate.”
 
An adaptive-inclusive trail is designed and constructed to specific standards that include a wider design to accommodate riders who typically cannot ride a standard mountain bike, such as a three-wheeled adaptive bike. These trails also serve as an excellent entry-level trail for youth and people new to mountain biking and trail running. Adaptive sports are gaining traction around the world, and British Columbia and the Kootenays in particular, are at the forefront of designing and constructing adaptive mountain biking trails that help to build the riding community and grow the sport of mountain biking for everyone to enjoy. 

For more information about adaptive sport in the Kootenays, visit kootenayadaptive.com or learn more about cycling in Golden, including trail maps, visit goldencyclingclub.com.

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