BC Cup Finals in Abbotsford this weekend!

Come down to Abbotsford BMX this weekend to watch the BC cup Finals! With a huge Supercross section, and massive amateur track it will be one of the best races of the season. All the previous races have been leading up to this point, and the finals on Sunday will be the last chance for anyone to be bumped up a position. The last regular BC cup will be held on Saturday the 30th, and the Finals will be on Sunday the 31st. At the end of the series, racers are scored based on their top 4 races from the season, and the place that they get in the finals is added on to the top for as a double points race, so a first is worth two points, a second is worth 4, etc... Racing will be held at 9am on Saturday and Sunday. What's more, the Canada Cup is being hosted at the same time! These races feature only the best riders from across the country, and some of the amateur riders will be racing off the supercross hill and third straight pro sections. Be sure to come out to this spectacular event!

Change to Cycling Bylaws

A recent Maple Ridge Highway and Traffic Bylaw No. 6704-2009 was approved by Maple Ridge Council. This has changed the way local RCMP and Bylaw Officers enforce the rules of the road for bicycles. Riding a bicycle on the sidewalk has, in the past, been an offence under both the Bylaw and the Motor Vehicle Act. Getting caught could result in a ticket and fine. Today this is always not the case. A recent amendment to the Maple Ridge Bylaw now allows bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks in a fashion that provides reasonable consideration for other persons using the sidewalk and not in any careless manner. All riders must yield to pedestrians and also dismount when appropriate and prudent. Failure to follow these simple rules can still result in a ticket under the Bylaw or Motor Vehicle Act.
The change is meant to allow passage for young, new or inexperienced cyclists. It also gives all cyclists the ability to reach destinations that are mid block or to take an off road option in heavy traffic area. The District of Maple Ridge and RCMP supports the change for the simple fact that it provides a safer alternative to those bicycle riders out there that may not have the skills or confidence to join the normal flow of traffic. With traffic congestion becoming more of an issue in the Maple Ridge area our east/west corridors are full of commuter traffic. Those bicycle commuters trying to go the “green” route and ride to work can now do so in a safer fashion. School children that have no choice in their route can now get to school on their bicycles without having to compete with commuter traffic. Recreational cyclists can enjoy a ride in their community without the worry of thinking they are breaking some law.
As cyclists we must respect the pedestrian who are the primary users of sidewalks. We want to reassure the pedestrians in Maple Ridge that they remain the main user and safety priority on our sidewalks. Any incidents where cyclists have been involved with a pedestrian will be investigated thoroughly. This Bylaw in no way has changed the ability for police to investigate crashes caused by cyclists nor the ability to lay the applicable charges if deemed appropriate.
The RCMP and the Maple Ridge Bylaw Department are dedicated to helping Maple Ridge remain a safe community and invites its citizens to provide any comments or suggestions.

BC BMX Championships coming to Ridge Meadows BMX!

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On July 26th the BC BMX Championships will be hosted at our local BMX track, Ridge Meadows BMX. If you raced BMX back in the day or are interested in seeing what BMX racing is all about this is a great opportunity to come out and see some of the top racers in the province. Warm-ups start at 8:30am with racing scheduled to get underway at 11:15. If you can't make it Saturday, there is also racing on Sunday and there is no cost for spectators either day.

For additional information about this race or about getting started in BMX racing visit the Ridge Meadows BMX web site.

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