The possibility of a regional mountain biking strategy is now in gear after a unanimous vote at regional council this Tuesday.
Council asked for a staff report in 2017 on such a strategy, similar to ones in Western Australia and British Columbia, in the hopes of making Halifax a world-class destination for mountain bike enthusiasts.
“This is a foundation of where we go with mountain biking,” said Councillor Tony Mancini.
The sport has grown in populairty in the Atlantic region over the last five years, with a number of trails being developed across the region.
The report outlines it as a contributor to local economic development through the growth of adventure and eco tourism
It recommends the municipality share and discuss the report with mountain biking associations in the city, and develop the strategy with the help of their expertise.
It also considers the development of future recreational trails within HRM, as well as update the existing McIntosh Run Community Trail in Herring Cove with infrastructure like parking lots and on-site bathrooms.
Councillor Steve Adams says concerns with the existing trail have been brought forward by nearby residents, who are often bothered by bikers “relieving” themselves, and off leash dogs.
He says the trail would benefit from more infrastructure and increased privacy for residents.
“There’s some other work to be done,” he said.