Thursday, December 15, 2016

Opening Marin trail to bikes should include follow-up review - Full Article

Marin IJ Editorial: Opening trail should include follow-up review

Marin’s open space trails have become a political battleground pitting bicycle access against safety.

Opening a half-mile trail to bike riders has turned the Alto Bowl open space between Mill Valley and Corte Madera into the latest battlefield.

The county Open Space District, which has made opening so-called “connector trails” to bikes a priority, has decided the Bob Middagh Trail fits that designation.

It provides a link for bike riders to reach fire roads and bike-approved trails on Mount Tamalpais.

The county is also planning to spend an estimated $25,000 on safety improvements along the half-mile trail.

But that has not quelled the criticism the plan is garnering from hikers and equestrians who see sharing the trail with bike riders to be a safety problem and “an intense use” that distracts from the enjoyment of using the tree-lined trail...

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