Spring is definitely here and we would like to let you know about some good news and upcoming events.

Cycle 16 Trail Society is pleased to announce that Kassandra Trust has provided funding in the amount of $22,000.00 for Phase 1 development of the Smithers to Telkwa non-motorized bike trail. The grant represents KASSANDRA’s acknowledgement of Cycle 16’s work to date and the positive health and safety benefits which the project will offer to the community. In a cover letter, Trustee Ellen Hansen, “hopes this donation will be the infusion which propels the project to the next stage”.

Other recent funding includes $10.000.00 from the BC Rural Dividend Fund for engineering drawings for Phase 1 and $60,000.00 from the BC Alliance for Healthy Living, administered by the Village of Telkwa, to be directed towards engineering drawings and our website.

Detailed design work for Phase 1, the Smithers to Laidlaw Road portion of the trail, will begin this summer.

We are very grateful for the support of these and many other organizations to date.

Cycle 16 will be at the Northwest Trade Expo on May 4 and 5 at the Smithers Civic Centre. Come say hi, learn more about the project, AND get your tickets for a chance to win

  • Giant Rove II hybrid bike, generously donated by McBike & Sport;
  • $100.00 gift certificate to McBike & Sport; OR
  • Bike Tune-Up at McBike!
  • The Rotary Club of Smithers is sponsoring this raffle and tickets are 3 for $5.00.

Thanks to our members who will be volunteering their time at this event.

Bike to Work and School Week Smithers is coming May 27 to June 2. On Saturday morning, June 2, Cycle 16 will sponsor a mass bike ride from the Smithers Farmer’s Market out along Highway 16 and back. Watch for details about this fun family event. If you would like to help organize the ride please let us know by email or Facebook ASAP.

Cycle calming structure at Whistler, B.C.

Here, the gate is half open, but can be easily opened fully for vehicles or closed completely with a small offset gap for bikes or walkers.
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”

Ernest Hemingway

Join over 700 people who have lifetime memberships in Cycle 16 Trail Society! Our large membership shows strong community interest in the project.

Memberships are available on our website, www.cycle16.ca. You can also pick them up in Smithers at McBike & Sport, Local Supply Company, Nature’s Pantry and Dan’s Source for Sports and at the Tyhee Market in Telkwa.

The purpose of Cycle 16 Trail Society is to plan, develop, maintain and manage trails in the Bulkley Valley area of British Columbia for non-motorized use by the public in order to: promote health and fitness; promote safe modes of transportation that are less harmful to the environment; link the various communities of the Bulkley Valley for people who are unable to use the highways or do not wish to use them for lack of a suitable vehicle or for safety, environmental or other concerns; promote non-motorized tourism within the Bulkley Valley, all for the benefit of the various people and communities of the Bulkley Valley.