A young cyclist rides at Mountain Station during last year’s Fat Tire Festival. Work being done to the area’s roads isn’t expected to affect this year’s festival. Photo: Tyler Harper

Mountain Station trails open until Sunday

Road upgrade construction means to popular mountain biking trails will be closed for 6-8 weeks

Cyclists have until Sunday to ride the Mountain Station trails.

The area, which is privately owned, is home to an extensive mountain bike trail network operated by the Nelson Cycling Club. But upgrade work to the roads done by Anderson Creek Timber means those trails will be closed intermittently to the public until sometime in August.

A break in the work, which began last month, means the trails are free to use until Sunday.

Deb MacKillop, a director with the cycling club, said it’s important the public stays off the trails while construction is underway.

“[Anderson Creek Timber’s] biggest concern is safety,” said MacKillop. “We’re just trying to make sure when they say it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous, and when it’s safe, it’s safe, and they communicate that to people so people don’t try to decide that on their own.”

MacKillop said the club is staying in contact with the company to know when windows for riding open up. She added the work is unlikely to affect this year’s Fat Tire Festival, which takes place Aug. 24 to 27.

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