Sunday, September 18, 2005

Biking Paths that Go Somewhere

Fredericksburg resident George Solley thinks like Road to Ruin: He would like to see more bike and walking paths that "go somewhere." The city's canal path starts nowhere and ends nowhere, he observes, according to the Free Lance-Star. The path should be widened and have more access points. "Solley," says the newspaper, "is hopeful that the pathways will grow from a few isolated trails into a useful network."

Moral of the story: It's nice to build bicycle paths for recreational purposes, but it's even better if the paths connect destinations that people actually travel to. For the modest extra cost of creating more access points, local governments can turn the trails into useful transportation corridors that a few people might actually use.


At 7:48 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

Jim, I'm with you on this one.

BTW, Fairfax has, I think, an excellent network of Bike trails. It still has a long way to go.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Bob Burke said...

Let me just say, as a Fred'burg resident and frequent user of this path, that it's actually a city park that extends the length of this historic canal. You want to see the canal? Walk on the path.

The city does have a walking network planned, and it's implementing it, including the most recent addition - a new asphalt pathway along a new road connecting to Central Park, our massive big-box shopping center. It's a long walk from downtown, but it is the ONLY way to reach Central Park by foot or bicycle. And people use it.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

How many people make the long walk to the big box shopping center and then carry something home with them?


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