Farm owners sue UBC-O over private road

July 20, 2010

The owners of 4 farms west of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus are asking the Supreme Court of BC to block the school's use of a private dirt and gravel road that cuts across 10 farms and is considered by many to be the only safe cycling route onto campus. While UBC-O does not allow motorized access from the road, one farm owner says motorcycles, mopeds, and cars frequently park on her property while their drivers head up to campus. In December, residents put a gate at the end of the road to control access, and UBC-O got an injunction forcing the gate to remain open. UBC-O's deputy vice-chancellor says that while the institution does not encourage use of the road, it has the right to access it. Globe and Mail