For the last six months Colwood teenagers Morgan Lessard (left to right), Parker Gale, Myles Moshuk (not pictured) and nine-year-old Ty Skaalrud have been building a mountain bike track next to the Galloping Goose off Aldeane Avenue. (Kendra Wong /News Gazette staff)

Colwood boys build mountain bike track

CRD dismantles track, citing safety concerns

While some kids may be glued to their tablets or smartphones this spring break, a group in Colwood is doing the exact opposite.

For the past six months, teenagers Morgan Lessard, Parker Gale, Myles Moshuk and nine-year-old Ty Skaalrud have been building a mountain bike track next to the Galloping Goose off Aldeane Avenue.

Using nothing but a few shovels, rakes, and a mini pick axe, the boys have carefully carved out technical trails with drops, berms, a skinny line with a two by four piece of wood (which they could ride over), and a rock garden.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Morgan, 13. “You get an adrenaline rush when you’re doing it [riding]. You’re having fun and you get to try new things.”

It’s a project that started when Morgan became interested in BMX racing and doing dirt jumps, which often goes hand in hand with mountain biking. But after getting a new mountain bike, he realized there wasn’t any place to ride.

That’s when Morgan, Parker, Myles and Ty decided to take action and build their own track just metres from their homes.

The track has since become a labour of love with the boys spending countless hours working it. Morgan and Parker, who both attend Spencer Middle school, would meet up before school to do a couple of jumps, before riding over before the bell rang.

“We just love riding, it’s our passion,” said 13-year-old Parker, adding he’s seen other kids use the trail. “We just wanted something to do.”

Sandra, Morgan’s mother, said it’s keeping them out of trouble and they’re very courteous of others walking along the Goose.

“I think it’s great. They’re outside, they’re being boys, they’re not inside in front of video games all day,” she said.

“This is what kids used to do, this is what we used to do as kids.”

The group, as well as other youth mountain bikers, have enjoyed the track – that is, until last week. On Tuesday, March 20, workers with the Capital Regional District taped off the area, dismantled the trails and placed debris across to prevent people from re-building them.

According to the CRD, it has received reports over the last month of people jumping off the trails onto the Goose, creating a potential safety hazard for trail users.

There was also significant impact to the ground and vegetation off the side of the trail and in the adjacent forested area.

“The CRD asks all park and trail users to stay on designated trails,” said spokesperson Andy Orr in an email. “Unauthorized building and use damages the environment and can create safety hazards for visitors.”

Orr added there are other designated trails for mountain biking throughout the region, such as the Hartland area of Mount Work Regional Park. But the boys’ parents say it’s too far for them to ride alone.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Saanich won’t be big in Japan; council rejects potential sister-city relationship

Council also refuses to reimburse former mayor Richard Atwell

Heavy rain spurs public health advisory for Greater Victoria beaches

Wastewater along shoreline may pose a health risk

World Juniors fast approaching as selection camp begins in Colwood

BC Hockey and provincial dignitaries launched the championship on Tuesday at The Q Centre

Accessible parking not optional, councillor says after province removes regulations

B.C. provincial government changing building code requirements to municipality-based

MISSING: 34-year-old Lucas Matkowski

Matkowski was last seen by the Victoria Police Department on Dec. 3

Miniature Christmas Land is back in Saanich

Local family continues to open intense Christmas-themed basement to public

POLL: Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

The rain Vancouver Island is famous for is coming down in buckets,… Continue reading

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

Mental health issue suspected after spike belts end Island Highway car chase

Woman in her 30s detained after Tuesday afternoon incident in Lantzville

Most Read