J. Church 
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Re: “Fighting for Their Right to Bike

It's important to be clear about what it is that cyclists want from the EBRPD. No one is asking to ride "where ever they want" as Kulas suggests. Nor is anyone trying to "destroy everything." Inflammatory exaggerations only makes one sound unnecessarily inflammatory.

Trails are merely passages through beautiful, natural spaces. Just like hikers, dog walkers and equestrians, cyclists are only interested in passing through such beautiful spaces. Just a few hours from the East Bay, 26-acre Annadel State Park in Sonoma Co. provides a great example of the potential for a shared narrow trail experience. On any given day, hikers, equestrians and cyclists trade greetings as they pass one another safely on narrow and wide trails alike.

Currently in the EBRPD system, cyclists have no opportunity to enjoy the majority of these trails despite being a significant portion of the their audience/user population. On the few trails that cyclists can access, incidents of conflicts have been sparse at best. To me, this suggests that more trails can indeed be shared by all willing users, but it requires that they treat each other with civility in the process.

Posted by josh church on 10/30/2008 at 11:20 AM

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