BCORMA REPORT October 2014

tomcycle

Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
I am sure someone at BCORMA won't be too happy with this post.

But if you are interested in what BCORMA is doing, or claiming to be working on, this will make a good read.

I have some questions regarding some of the numbers and claims, but BCORMA is still reeling from their first real interaction on Facebook, they don't like being asked questions.

Remember that BCORMA are the guys that represent dirt bikers and Dual Sport Riders to the government

Happy reading

Well this is a first, this report is about 35000 characters long had to split it into two posts so you can have an intermission during the read now






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BRITISH COLUMBIA
OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION
www.BCORMA .ca


20I4 was a strong year for BCORMA with a number multi-year initiatives bearing fruit. Our
New Rider & New Rider to Dirt” MSF training program was very successfully received.
BC ORV Act reached first sitting, and was passed this Spring.

National Trails Coalition 20l5/16 trail funding program was confirmed, and BCORMA
responded by concentrating its volunteer and paid staff resources to that portfolio. This was our
biggest use of resources and focus through the Summer and into Fall. We are expecting
BCORMA trail stewards to perform over $430,000 of trail works across BC from Fall 20 I4
Summer 2015.

Activity description and outcomes:

COHV's funding contribution provided resources towards one professional management position
within BC Off-Road Motorcycle Association (BCORMA). The goal was to continue growing
BCORMA as a self-sustaining well respected Provincial ORM Federation. partnering with clubs
and Government to provide safe and energizing ORM riding all across British Columbia.
The requested funds supported BCORMA's programs by contributing towards an Executive
Director to manage our Trails for Tomorrow Program, BCORMA Trail Pass Program, BCORMA
Dirt Bike School Program, liaison with the BC Provincial Government to advance off-road
motorcyclists interests, and to develop programs that will provide long-term financial
sustainability. Specifically. BCORMA addressed:
New Programs

(a) Government Relations
i. Continued work with ATVBC, MCC and MMlC staff to develop and implement
tools to re-brand summer-motorized riding as a healthy, safe family sport that
appeals to over io% of the BC population.
ii. Establish Back Country PowerSports Coalition of BC
(b) ABCSnow. BCSF, ATVBC, and BCORMA, as BC's four power sports
federations, signed a Letter of Understanding to cooperate and present a unified
message to government about back-country powersports use in BC.
Our first project was to design a school education program aimed at youth safety
across the 3 sectors. This was undertaken as a Service Contract with the BC
Provincial Government.
(b) Off-Road Motorcycle Community Relations
i. Develop and implement a new communications program to create more
transparent and vibrant communications to keep all BC ORM riders, BCORMA
Directors, ORM trail stewards, and other stakeholders informed. The primary goal
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is for BCORMA successes to be marketed more effectively to the ORM community.

BCORMA has used various online social media tools with varied success.
Biggest Hurdle IS time resources to keep “news” current and informative.

We did have a strong success using our Facebook page to request riders express
their opinions on the introduction of 5x3 metal plates as vehicle identification
under the new ORV legislation. Based on the responses, the Government
seemingly relented, and are now asking us to provide other options to examine.

(c) Trail Development
BCORMA and AW BC are partnering on the presentation and development of a
Trans-Provincial Mixed-Use Trail Network. The vision is for a multi-use trail
network that connects many of our rural communities. This will allow non-
licensed off-road motorcyclists opportunities to tour to many remote historic
communities, providing whole new tourism and equipment sales opportunities.
We have had initial strong reception by Cabinet members we have meet.

BCORMA Directors meeting Revelstoke at our Fall Planning Weekend and Fun
Ride. The Directors discussed and decided to move BCORMA forward as an
advocate and steward organization aimed at multi-use single-track. While ORM
continues to use all widths of trails, the Directors felt it was important for us to
focus our attention on what creates the unique two-wheel recreation experience in
BC, aka single-track.

Continuing Programs
2. BCORMA representation to BC Provincial Government
(a) Advocacy
i. Recently introduced re-draft of the Natural Resource Road Act legislation and
regulations will likely include roads we use to access trails and trails not covered
under Recreation Sites and Trails legislation. This includes most of our trail
systems, therefore this legislation development is highly important for our future
access to Crown Lands.

Trail standards, safety, insurance requirements, right of public access, cost-
sharing, and non-commercial trail funding are all on the slate.

There had been a long hiatus around this file until the retired manager was
replaced in February. One of the early discussions with the new manager was the
scope of NRRA and its effect on ORM trails. Based on our insistence that trails
and roads are completely different, the NRRA scope seems to be limited to where a
licensed highway vehicles could reasonably access.


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This is a very positive outcome compared to previous iterations of draft NRRA
Act scope. Won will be how they define a road, insurance
requirements. and very importantly, the effects on family riding and youth
participation.

ii. Continued as ORM representatives to the Joint Advisory Group on the Provincial
OHV Management Framework. Focus for 2014 will be finalizing draft legislation
and developing the regulation supported by the legislation. Topics of regulation
include: appropriate means for identification, safety regulations, youth riding
restrictions. trail stewardship funding, and use of compliance and enforcement.

The ORV Legislation passed with three readings during the Spring sitting of the
BC Legislature.

With a November announced implementation date. we continue to work on a
number of outstanding items that include: vehicle identification, road crossings
and resulting insurance requirements, and taxes due on previous purchases.

iii. Liaised with local Provincial Recreation Officers to promote our sport and gain
increased local MFLNRO funding
A. Work to prioritize summer motorized & ORM recreation for funding.
B. Partner on projects & funding initiatives like NTC
C. Provide professional support to local ORM trail stewards to increase their
successful completion of projects.

BCORMA trail stewards very successfully enrolled five Regional Recreation
Officers to support and provide $192,000 in matching funds towards fourteen
ORM lead multi-use trail works.

(b) Government Relations

(i) Continued development of a Back Country Motorized Charter with the BC
Provincial involvement to delineate a Provincial Federation to BC Government
partnership.

The responsibility of this initiative has been shifted to Back Country PowerSports
Coalition. Consensus has not been achieved as to how this is to be moved
forward with Government.

ii. Working with the Provincial Government to implement the "BC Provincial Trails
Strategy” that was ratified recently by Government.

As an early step to implementation the Government is requesting a Provincial
Trails Advisory Board formed with representation from Provincial in scope trail
Federations. BCORMA has submitted our recommendations. In recent meetings
we have staked our seat at the table as representatives for multi-use single-track
and the second largest Provincial trail steward group by Km of trail built and
maintained.

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3. BCORMA partnership with ATVBC, BCSF, ABCS
(a) Continued our work implementing Backcountry Motorized Recreation Coalition to
bring a united political front to Government legislation, regulation and policies that
affect our sports. Comprised of ATVBC, ABCSnow, BCSF, and BCORMA.
ABCSnow, BCSF, ATVBC, and BCORMA, as BC’s four power sports federations,
signed a Letter of Understanding to cooperate and present a unified message to
government about back-country power-sports use in BC.
across the 3 sectors. This was undertaken as a Service Contract with the BC
Provincial Government.

(b) Continued regional land access support to our summer-motorized community.
BCORMA continued to work with the Provincial Trails Manager and many Regional
Recreation Officers. Our focus has shifted from broader summer motorized
messaging to one of multi-use single track access. This is driven by increasing
informal and formal co-management partnerships with mountain bike clubs, and the
general need to ensure that Government understands ORM trail experience needs are
vastly different than ATV and SxS operators. There are also a number of ecological
benefits to narrower trail width, and we want land managers to not make broad
assumptions about ORM impacts based on experiences from ATV and SxS
environmental damage.

4. Rider Outreach
(a) BCORMA Dirt Bike School Program
The Dirt Bike School was be in its third year with clinics and Sunday fun rides as part
of BCORMA's recreational ride series. We are expecting to provide improved skills,
safety, and enjoyment of the sport to ~60 experienced riders through our clinics.
2014 was the first year of BCORMA's full roll out of the only MSF program in
Western Canada. There is already a large amount of dealer anticipation to work
closely to supply students. This will be one of our major programs for 2014. We
expect upwards of 60 new riders to be trained.

BCORMA's success at promoting and delivering our MSF New Rider and New Rider
to Dirt Program has been a key success for 2014. We have trained upwards of 50
students, with 80-90% women. This provides a strong growth avenue for ORM in
BC, and is very good for our image as a multi-gender family oriented outdoor sport
and lifestyle.

(b) BCORMA and member club Fun Rides
These are focused on family recreation, bring the novice and advanced rider out to enjoy
trails they may have never known in an non-competitive environment.

(c) Provincial Trail Stewardship Coordination of “Trails for Tomorrow” Program:

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i. Liaison with clubs volunteer trail stewards and riders
ii. Educate to best practices for trail stewardship utilizing jointly vetted Provincial
Best Practices for Summer-Motorized Trail Stewardship Guidelines.
iii. Troubleshoot problematic ecological and-"or rider-use situations and provide
solutions
iv. Manage over 3,500 km of mixed use single-track trails in partnership with
member ORM trail stewards.
v On-going through member trail stewards. One of BCORMA'S key mandates.

5. Sustainable Funding
(a) BCORMA “Trails for Tomorrow” Trail Pass Program
This very important program for BC ORM trail building and maintenance continues
to grow. A very important aspect of the program is that non-affiliated riders have a
means to support trails without joining clubs. While clubs are important and do much
of the heavy lifting as advocates and trail stewards, most riders choose to not be
members. The design of the program gives us access to additional rider funding
outside of club activities for trails. For 2014. BCORMA Trail Pass sales generated
-$27,000 in critical trail stewardship funding.
In addition, it provided BCORMA with necessary sustainable operating funding. For
2014, BCORMA generated ~$29,000 of operating revenues under the program.
(i) Goal increasing sales to 1,200 - 1,500 trail asses. Five year goal is 3,000
4000 passes, or 10% of the ridership.
ii. implement 2014 Bronze Trail Pass Program with Participating Clubs.
Done. We sold ~750 2015 Bronze Trail Passes, mostly through our member
clubs. $25 of every pass sold goes directly to trail stewardship by the clubs. For
2014, Bronze Trail Pass sales generated $18,750 for ORM trails across BC, and
created $15,000 in BCORMA operating revenue.
iii. Promote program to dealers with bar hang tags and new literature in partnership
with member clubs
Other than on an individual club basis, BCORMA has not been able to get this
program off the ground provincially. Most member clubs have strong
relationships with their local dealers, but that rarely translates to a strong
relationship with BCORMA and support for our programs.
iv. Promote program to non-club riders through increased recreational events that are
available to pass holders. These would include: BCORMA Recreational Trail
Ride Series, BCORMA Dirt Bike Schools, and DSBC's many organized rides.
Done. Our club fun runs continue to grow both in numbers of events, but also in
participants in our clubs' established events. Women and youth participation


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tomcycle

Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
Turn out that this report is too big for the present site setup so I had to break it into two

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continues to grow. Like our schools, we see this as very healthy for our sport in
BC.
v. Expand Platinum - Insured Trail Pass Program
A. Goal of 250 - 300 Pl trail pass sales
B. Broaden Platinum Passes customer base to raise additional funds
BCORMA Platinum-Insured Trail Pass sales have topped 231 in
addition, because the broker now absorbs the costs of processing, mail out,
and on-line payments. BCORMA has increased our net unit proceeds from
this program.
Our 2014 Platinum-Insured Trail Pass sales through Oasis Insurance provide
an additional $8,085 to trail stewardship and $13,860 to BCORMA operating
expenses. This is vital to us continuing our advocacy work with Government
and support ORM trail stewards in their quest for funding and establishment
of trail networks as BC Recreation Sites.


1) Goals and benefits:


i. The British Columbia Off-Road Motorcycle Association (BCORMA) protects
and advances the off-road motorcyclist's interests and rights, through
representation to Provincial and Local governments, and its agencies.


ii. BCORMA assists in the establishment of new and or stronger clubs
throughout the Province, increasing our presence at the rider level, and within
Government.
In 2014, BCORMA encoura ed a more regional a roach for our members.
As a result a number of very small Vancouver Island member clubs
amalgamated under under one umbrella, Vancouver Island Dirt Riders
Association. While there was a minor drop in revenues from club
memberships, BCORMA can better serve riders on Vancouver Island through
VlDRA. The resulting VIDRA has a much stronger presence and their land
access expertise is shared across the whole Vancouver Island, resulting in a
number of trail networks becoming established with Government.


iii. BCORMA WW5 as to land access and trail use
best practices through our rider outreach programs.


iv Continued and increased presence is important for the health of our sport in
BC. Our new rider MSF training program is very important as a tool to expose
riders to best practices.


Our best outreach is through person to person contact via clubs and riders.
Use of social media as a tool of messaging has not been well used, but we
expect to reach out through these mediums more in 2015.


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iv. BCORMA is directly involved at the Provincial level in Natural Resource
Road Act and Licensing and Registration legislation before Government. This
legislation has the potential to bring needed funding back to the organized
clubs to better manage riding arEas, as well as provide long-term safety and
education programs.
This avenue of funding is not likely to materializing in the next five years at
least. Our strength lies in omm
Province's Regional Recreation Officer. Partnerships with our Recreation
Officers and business will likely be our avenues of sustainable long-term
funding for the foreseeable future.
BCORMA Trails for Tomorrow Program provides for sustainable Provincial
riding area development, trail building and maintenance, trail signing.
Provincial riding area trail information through BCORMA's Ride BC website.
The aim is to increase ridership, riders enjoyment, and safety of the sport,
while displaying a positive image to other trail recreation stakeholders.
v NTC funded BCORMA sub-projects will have a positive impact across on our
Trails for Tomorrow Program. Riders see actual on the ground improvements
to their trail networks. Recognition of BCORMA's value to the community
grows. and our position with Government strengthens.
vi. BCORMA Trail Pass component of the Trails for Tomorrow Program provides
a component of the financial foundation of a rider, industry, and Government
partnership to build and sustain a large off-road motorcycle trail network over
the whole Province.
v Continues to grow and bring in new riders. While growth is leveling off
compared to the initial years, BCORMA and member clubs continues to
present good value to riders. They express that through their purchase of the
trail pass from their local club or on-line.
vii. BCORMA's 2014 Recreational Trail Series is aimed at including the non-racer
into novice level trail rides to build the cohesiveness of the ORM community
in BC. With cohesiveness, we can then use the avenue to foster increased
rider awareness and trail ethics.
This is now a solid program in itself, rather than a subset of the PNWMA
race series. BCORMA member clubs are finding that these appeal to a much
broader demographic, are much easier on club volunteer resources, their
present BCORMA insurance provides coverage reducing costs, and are a great
way of creating new memberships.
viii. BCORMA'S 2ol4 MSF Dirt Bike School provides an avenue for new women
and youth riders to enter the sport in a safe well structured environment. This
increases the market for new motorcycles and gear, plus builds and diversities
the BC off-road motorcycle community.




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Raging success, given our limitations with only 3-4 training machines for the
whole province. 80-90% of participants were women, ranging from 13 to 50+
years old. All had a blast and creates a pool of better informed riders to carry
the BCORMA messaging forward.




















2014 BCORMA Final Report to COHV Sustaining Grant Program
Peter M. Sprague, MSc.
October 9, 2014
 
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