Mountain bikers told to stay on paths

Mountain bikers eager for the thrill of a ride through Knox Mountain Park are being asked to avoid the natural areas and stick to the paths.

  • Feb. 18, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Mountain bikers eager for the thrill of a ride through Knox Mountain Park are being asked to avoid the natural areas and stick to the paths.

“It’s quite muddy right now with the beginning of the spring melt,” said Blair Stewart, urban forest health technician for the City of Kelowna.

“With the soft ground, we are receiving a lot of complaints of bikers tearing up trails and natural areas.”

Stewart says mountain bikers can still enjoy the mountain by using the gravel paths or Knox Mountain Road, which is closed to cars during winter.

“Knox Mountain is a natural park in an urban area, so it attracts a lot of people,” he said.

“We just want people to be aware that there is wildlife and indigenous plants that need protection.”

For more information about parks in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

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