Anybody have any insights into the Huron Clinton MetroPark (HCMP) Authority?
Many of the Metroparks have wonderful bike trails... that are only accessible via a parking lot. At Hudson Mill, for example, the bicycle entrance on Huron River Drive has been fenced off. HCMP gives free admission to bicyclists; but those savings hardly offset the risks of cycling into the main gate off North Territorial. The free admission notwithstanding, none from Wolcott Mill to Lake Erie are easily accessible by bicycle.
On a related rant, the North entrance of the Dexter BtoB trail is controlled by HCMP, legally dubious since HCMP wasn't a contributor. I carry my bike through the pedestrian entrance on Huron River Drive. But practically, HCMP makes this BtoB trail inaccessible to cyclists. The Ann Arbor perspective is that the BtoB project is supposed to *expand* local bicycle routes. But HCMP seems to have their own agenda.
I get the feeling HCMP only acknowledges bicyclists driving in with a bike rack. Doesn't seem like a good partner for the BtoB project in spite of all the river frontage. What gives?