Lebensrun Update - Summer 2020

Lebensrun Update - Summer 2020


July 08, 2020

Lebensrun is an unsanctioned and popular trail in the Horseshoe area that sees traffic from multiple user groups, but most notably are mountain bikers who enjoy the fun sustained descent. Near the bottom of the trail is a point where Lebensrun turns right and eventually drops riders onto Elk Run Blvd. Due to a lack of signage and poor sightlines, many riders miss this turn and are unaware that they are no longer on Lebensrun, but rather continuing down an equestrian up-track that originates from the Bow Valley Riding Association (BVRA) recreational lease lands. This confusion has resulted in some near miss collisions between mountain bikers and equestrian riders and has become a safety concern in the area.

Bow Vally Riders Association Lease Boundary
Bow Vally Riders Association Lease Boundary

Through the partnerships that exist between CAMBA and the Bow Valley Riding Association (BVRA) through the Canmore Trail Alliance (CTA), a plan was put into place to address the immediate safety concern and improvements were made to the corner and sightlines in mid-May.

Building up the berm at the Lebensrun corner
Building up the berm at the Lebensrun corner

We have now installed temporary signage to provide further awareness and communication to both mountain bikers and equestrian riders.

Lebensrun entry from Horseshoe
Lebensrun entry from Horseshoe

Turn sign before the corner
Turn sign before the corner

Heads at the top of the decent
Heads at the top of the decent

Warning entering into corner section
Warning entering into corner section

CAMBA is working with the land manager and the other user groups, through the CTA, to develop a trail plan to better manage this complicated area in the future. Once this plan is approved and put into action, the temporary signage that was installed will be replaced with official signage.

All trails in this area are considered multi-use and intended for the enjoyment of all user groups, but it’s important to do so safely. We hope that the improvements and new signage will encourage mountain bikers to continue their fun descent down Lebensrun proper to exit Elk Run Blvd. However, if they choose to continue down into the BVRA lease lands, they are now aware that they could very likely encounter horses climbing the same steep trail.

Bolting down the last sign and grabbing some GPS coordinates
Bolting down the last sign and grabbing some GPS coordinates

In addition to their lease lands, like other users, the BVRA have an equal and legal right to use all multi-use trails in the Horseshoe area. As a result, we should be aware that we may encounter horses on any part of the trail network and be ready to yield to them appropriately. What’s appropriate yielding for horses you might ask…well here are a few tips:

  • Pull off the trail on the uphill side if there is a slope
  • Stay together as one bunch in a line on the side of the trail
  • If you are riding up behind a horse, just say loudly, “Hi! I’m a biker behind you.” to let them know you’re there and then find a safe place to pass together

The courtesy rules of the trail
The courtesy rules of the trail

We also want to extend a very special thank-you to Mike at Can-Sign for the great work he did on our new signs.

Have fun, ride safe, share the trails and be excellent to each other!