Minneapolis has tons of great trails, but it also has tons of people who want to use the trails in a variety of ways, including walking, running, rollerblading, biking, rollerskiing, and dog walking. A few other bloggers have looked into the issues lately, including great blogging newcomer, Nathan, from Life by the Falls, with this take:
I have been yelled at a couple times by bikers, both times by an elderly man on a bicycle. I must say it’s a little shocking to be called an a-hole at 8am on a beautiful spring morning, especially by someone who could be my grandfather. I sure hope my grandparents don’t swear at runners!
True dat. Nothing gets your day started off right like being called an a-hole while running.
Brian Moen has a great post on the topic where he describes how lucky we are to have such a great trail system, but still runs into problems when cars and bikes mix:
Biking on the Parkway
Oh, and I did get honked at once, by a lady in a SUV. I was crossing at a crosswalk, from the river road path to get up to the Franklin Ave bridge, when this lady, who I thought was slowing down for me to cross, honked at me. Guess she thought she had the right of way.
The Star Tribune’s Roadguy blog includes a photo of the painfully overdue for a rebuild trail along W River Rd with the following description:
Biking on the parkway and (sort of) sharing the road
This stretch wonâ€™t be rebuilt until 2009 or 2010; in the meantime, itâ€™s not impossible to understand why a cyclist who wants to keep his or her teeth might choose the roadway instead.
Here’s my take: The park system needs to take a serious look at how people are using the parks today. More and more people are participating in individual sports like biking, running, and rollerblading on Minneapolis trails while less and less are using the baseball diamonds and hockey rinks. The money should follow the active users of the park, enabling the city’s fitness choices by providing safe areas to work out or simply enjoy the outdoors.