The Village of Clinton is exploring the possibility of allowing all-terrain vehicle users on local streets to access downtown services and businesses.
Council on Wednesday asked staff to explore the possibility of creating a bylaw to allow ATV riders to travel into town from the Gold Rush snowmobile trailhead on Station Road for food, gas and fuel. to house. Currently, unlicensed all-terrain vehicles cannot be used on municipal streets in Clinton.
The move follows an argument earlier this month from the Clinton Outdoor Sportsmen Association, which highlighted the economic benefits of shutting down ATVs in town.
Association member Rolly Higginbottom said her group was prepared to pay $ 1,000 for signage on proposed routes including Engelmann Lane, Dewdney Avenue and Carson Street and Cariboo Crescent, which lead directly to the Nomad Motel, Cariboo Lodge and the Round-Up Motel. .
“It’s pretty exciting,” he said. “The city should be happy with it. “
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General Manager Murray Daly said staff plan to have more discussions with the RCMP and other places like Sicamous, Tahsis, Valemount and Wells that have similar policies in place.
He noted that these jurisdictions do not have a freeway running through town like Clinton, which makes it problematic for the village. ATVs are not allowed to cross the road unless you have an RCMP operating license, as well as additional insurance from ICBC. Without a permit, Daly said, the move could be unfair to businesses across the street.
“We want to ensure fairness. If the reason behind this is to provide economic benefits to businesses, are you only going to benefit businesses on one side of the freeway? “
However, Higginbottom said it was an opportunity to keep people in the community rather than packing up at the end of the trail and driving south.
Established in the 1850s, the Gold Rush Trail is the route many people have traveled along in the hope of finding gold. Today it is a popular route for those who enjoy mountain biking, hiking, biking or off-road motorcycling and stretches through 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, Lac La Hache, Horsefly , Likely and Wells.
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