Discussion in 'OFTR News and Information' started by Chef, Aug 1, 2018.
Great news from the OFTR. OFTR members now have access to The Bruce County Rail Trail.
In honour of OFTR's accomplishments, I request the ODSC executive to go back and make OFTR membership compulsory.
The OFTR didn't do anything for those of us with green plates.
How is a green plate LEGALLY supposed to cross any of the public roads the trail traverses? What about the in-town sections?
Blue platers are pretty happy with this new access though.. Definitely a great option vs tarmac....
Unfortunately I think it is a bit of a case of a few ruining it for the masses. My understanding is that as a first step of policing the trail they wanted only blue plated to try and weed out some of the squid riders that have no form of insurance etc.
Hopefully this is a first step that will lead into full access
Yes, we are hoping this is a first step. The blue plate gave the county confidence that the motorcycles would be insured. They have had problems with mx bikes on the trail. This is a pilot project and we hope they will see that Members are responsible and respect the trail, landowners and other trail users. We hope to eventually see green plate access.
I imagine we would cross the road the same way ATV's do.
The reason why that is a no go in this case though is because there are two instances along this trail where you have to use the road for a bit... once at Walkerton and again at Saugeen Shores.
That works for ATVs as Bruce County allows green plated and insured ATVs to use certain roads. It certainly does suck that green plated bikes are not allowed to use the roads in the same way that ATVs can, but I don't think we can pin that blame on the OFTR... that would be something the provincial government and the MTO would have to change.
The access on the BCRT is a pilot project and was done in a way to make it the easiest way to police & manage. Also, it wouldn't be much fun to be on the RT with a green plated bike, as there's really no offroad trail network destinations that would use the RT to connect. It really better serves as a bypass for the roads and some of the towns in the area & serves the DS bikes better. We plan on building a long term relationship with Bruce Cty. Perhaps part of that may include access to some county forest land in the future. We'll see.
Each year, the OFTR and the clubs have increased the size of the trail network in Ontario. IMO, that is the part to focus on.
Thanks for doing a great job guys!
The bulletin said this was a one year project. Will we have access again in 2019?
Yes. The agreement has been extended.
Great news. I used the rail trails quite a bit last year and it's a *great* alternative to being on the road. Thanks to all the hard working OFTR people that made this happen
Does anyone know whether there is an effort to gain access to the Victoria Rail Trail. The Trail runs from Bethany to Haliburton going through Lindsay. I know the local ATV club is allowed access which seems ridiculous that an ATV would be allowed yet not a motorbike. I understand the ATV's are allowed because the local club takes care of sections of the trail. I called a councillor in Lindsay about a year ago that supposedly had knowledge of it and he was quite abrupt when I inquired about motorbike use of the trail and basically said he doubts it will ever be granted. ( Must be an ATV owner ;-) )
I'm not involved at any level with the OFTR so I have no idea what ideas are in progress or not, but I just noticed this week that the Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) announced they are starting a dirt-bike club: Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association (KORMA) under the OFTR banner. https://www.facebook.com/KawarthaAtvAssociation/posts/1995987263864320?sfnsw=cl
According to the KATVA page, the Victoria Rail Trail falls under their membership: https://katva.ca/trails/
So with that link between them, maybe there is some effort being put into opening the Victoria Rail Trail to bikes?
That would be great news...thanks for the info, it looks promising.
Its looking very promising!
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