Suburban peace vs. pedal power
Sudbury group sounds alarm over proposed bike trail
By Sarah Schweitzer, Globe Staff | July 5, 2008
SUDBURY - Looking out at a lushly wooded area beyond a stone wall on her 100-acre estate, Carole Wolfe's face darkened. There, in the distance, she said, nervously pointing a finger, stretches a former rail corridor that, if some have their way, could bring trouble upon this town where her family's roots date to Colonial times.
"Instead of solitude," Wolfe said, "you'd be having people."
Wolfe is among a band of vocal Sudbury residents raising the alarm against a proposed bike trail along a pathway where trains once chugged.
Opponents of the "rail trail" say the path would draw hundreds of thousands of bicyclists who would bring with them noise and other disruptions into what is now a pristine landscape. Hordes of bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers would scare away wildlife, they say, and invite crime from trespassing to vandalism and assault.
"We don't have neighbors nearby," said Marianne Maurer, whose family's tree farm is bisected by the proposed bike trail. "If something happened, no one would hear us yelling."
Foes say they are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep the measure from coming to a vote. Should it make it to a Town Meeting ballot, they vow to defeat it.
As far as Maurer is concerned, a better solution is for bikers to get their exercise indoors.
"My whole theory is: Go to the gym that you got the membership for and that you know you are not using," she said.
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This is to be built along an unused railway line. I wonder how long this trend will continue - with increased gas prices, at some point somebody will realize that light rail is a useful and fuel-efficient way to move people around the region.