Four key projects will be delivered through the first phase of the Electrify the Mountains Project. New and upgraded trails will provide sustainable recreation and connections to the existing trail system. Access to charging stations will add value to the eBike recreation and transportation network. Signage and education will promote a smooth transition to new and updated infrastructure. Accessible washrooms will provide amenities for all.
1.KIMBERLEY BASED ACCESSIBLE TRAIL NETWORK
This project includes 36km of new and upgraded trails suitable for eBikes, adaptive trikes and traditional MTB riders. Upgrades to the existing network for grade, sustainability and user experience will be based on the guidelines set out by IMBA mountain bike Standards, Whistler Trail Standards and the Adaptive Mountain Bike Standards. The trail projects will be managed and maintained by the Kimberley Trails Society, the local non-profit that currently manages over 180km of local trails.
2.URBAN KIMBERLEY EBIKE CHARGING
The Kimberley Visitor Centre and Platzl (pedestrianized main street) will be equipped to provide eBike charging, with local businesses and accommodation providers encouraged to provide similar facilities. Location and details will be added to online map platforms (e.g. Google Maps), along with educational signage.
This portion will be delivered through existing funds by the City of Kimberley and Kimberley Tourism.
2b.SOLAR BASE CAMPS
A critical technology limitation is that eBike charging systems are not standardized. To minimize user complexity and risk, stations will initially provide 110v outlets into which riders can plug their own chargers, with the ability to accommodate future standards. A standard of 0.6 kw per charge is typical, up to 1.7kw for adaptive cycles. Zero emission energy is preferred, leading to the choice of solar power alongside grid tied solar. This portion of the project will be managed and maintained by the Sustainable Kimberley non-profit Society.
4.WAYFINDING & EDUCATION
Wayfinding signage will be provided denoting specific eBike friendly routes, alongside boards educating users on their impact, responsible use and why trails are limited to class 1 eBikes. New signs and updated maps will be generated.
Electrify the Mountains and the Trans Canada Trail organization have identified accessible washrooms as a critical part of the required infrastructure, enabling use by all abilities and further reducing the environmental impact of riders. Numerous accessible washrooms are being installed around Kimberley with an additional mobile washroom and solar charging station as part of the the Electrify the Mountains initiative.