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    Dangerously low branches: what to do

    Today, I cut my face in a cluster of low-hanging branches. The actual tree is rooted in a private apartment community, but the branches hang over onto a pedestrian/cycling trail along a public canal system. This has been an obstacle for me all along. In fact, there are two spots along this trail with the same issue.

    Obviously, neither the public nor private property owners has taken responsibility for this. The branches are extremely low, and pose a problem for anyone who goes through by any means. I want to take some landscaping clippers down there and cut them. Can I get in trouble for this?
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    the amazing bureaucracy, which is your city, can trim them for you if you complain loudly enough with enough people. If it's public property, then it's the city's job to keep it in a condition which is not hazardous to the health of the public. Even if it's on private property, overextending branches are trimmed when they pose a hazard risk, like encroaching on a power line. I don't think your situation is any different.

    should be the dept. of parks and trails... or something like that which looks after this sort of stuff.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    but wait, if you're on a recumbent electric... just how small is this tree?
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    I could think of at least 3 people to try notifying.

    1) The municipality responsible for the trail. They may be clueless.

    2) The management of the apartments (or homes), they may be clueless.

    3) A letter to the editor of a local paper. Someone in your locality who is responsible may read it.

    If you want to be a bit more passive about it, get some reflective strips of some type and tie one to each of the branches as you pass by, and keep tying a new one on each week or so until someone responsible finally notices.

    You could also print flyers and stand underneath each of the low hanging branches and hand them to everybody that passes by.

    You could run for city council, or mayor, or county commissioner, or governor, or president with a platform of eliminating low hanging branches over MUPs.

    You could stand underneath the branches and curse at them.

    You could ride on the other side of the trail.

    But, to answer your question, I don't know if you would get in trouble for bringing your own clippers...
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    Prune them back (properly) >3/4" saw, <3/4" hand pruner.

    Eventually some jogger is just going to snap the branches and leave them hanging dead in the tree.

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    "Dangerously low branches: what to do"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper Storm View Post
    Prune them back (properly) >3/4" saw, <3/4" hand pruner.

    Eventually some jogger is just going to snap the branches and leave them hanging dead in the tree.
    I've snapped off more than a few. Usually the busses take care of that quite nicely (riding road) - it's on the non-bussed streets where I've nearly gotten a facefull - so I've pulled over and snapped them back.

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    Two real choices:

    1) Find out exactly who is responsible for maintaining it. Contact them and present it as a safety issue. Having branches rake across your face is a safety issue

    2) Cut 'em yourself. I seriously doubt anyone will bug you if you do a decent looking job

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Two real choices:

    1) Find out exactly who is responsible for maintaining it. Contact them and present it as a safety issue. Having branches rake across your face is a safety issue

    2) Cut 'em yourself. I seriously doubt anyone will bug you if you do a decent looking job
    If you cut them and the home owner complains, calmly inform him that are considering suing but thought cutting the branches away might be a sufficient response to your injury.
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    With the proper head gear, low branches are no problem.

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    Chipcom's answer is obvious now that he has shown us.

    he genius of his solution is that it addresses the current issue, and any future low hanging branches as well. A permanent solution to the problem.

    Chipcom for president! (This is just a fun statement, and should not be taken as serious political discourse, as I believe this thread should stay in Foo, and not be sent to P&R).
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    Get a trained attack beaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Get a trained attack beaver.
    Attack beavers are easily defeated by getting the woman who owns it drunk.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    If you do opt for the chipcom plan, you might just ask Unsafe Alpine to ride with you. And since he rides a conventional bike the branches will be trimmed up higher.

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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    If the branches are hanging in your way and your on public property, cut em.

    No need to drag a bunch of other people who probably won't care at all anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    There is a comedian in every crowd. Very funny, ha ha.
    Yeah, but you don't know how I would have wielded it.

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    HTFU and just be thankful it's not a dangerously low hanging shark or puma
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    Quote Originally Posted by volleybrad View Post
    HTFU and just be thankful it's not a dangerously low hanging shark or puma

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    Quote Originally Posted by volleybrad View Post
    HTFU and just be thankful it's not a dangerously low hanging shark or puma
    Low hanging puma--hmmm

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    A woman who is not quite old enough to be a cougar, but still likes to date/mate with younger men.
    Dating a puma wasn't so bad, Bob reflected. After all, the sex was great and she never minded picking up the tab when they went out on the weekend.

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    Cut the branches and be done

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    If you pass them regularly, bring a cutter and snip a little bit every time you pass. They'll "shrink" mysteriously over a couple of weeks and your problem is solved!

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    Another option would be to tear up the bike path, excavate 4 feet down and build a new path below grade. Might cost a tad more, but it would most likely require the use of a backhoe, which is never a bad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest View Post
    If the branches are hanging in your way and your on public property, cut em.

    No need to drag a bunch of other people who probably won't care at all anyways.
    I'd agree just cut them back as far as possible, to get them out of everyone's way.
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