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Old 01-20-08, 06:39 PM   #1
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Are your town's MUPs seasonal?

I took a ride over to the city's only multi-use path, only to find out that they closed it for the winter. I don't have any idea why though; the city I live in rarely gets much snow (what we do get pretty much never lasts longer than a day or two), and it really is a nice path (I actually was kinda looking forward to riding through what little snow we get on it). I at least got a good road-ride out of the trip though.

Do your city's MUPs stay open year-round?
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Yes...the city actually makes plowing and grooming them a high priority and I don't think I have seen them stay snow covered for longer than 24 hours after a snowfall... my snow route is often plowed before I leave for work at 7 am.
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They dont clear the snow of the bike paths in winter, but cros country skiers use them. They also close the bike/pedestrian crossing of the St Lawrence river 1 Dec to 1 Apr, which stops my bike commute. Pedestrians can cross the river on the subway train but bikes are not allowed in rush hours.
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They dont clear the snow of the bike paths in winter, but cros country skiers use them. They also close the bike/pedestrian crossing of the St Lawrence river 1 Dec to 1 Apr, which stops my bike commute. Pedestrians can cross the river on the subway train but bikes are not allowed in rush hours.
MUP's are year round in DC (at least I have not seen any closed).

Same here on the subway, no bikes during rush hour.
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MUP's are year round in DC (at least I have not seen any closed).
In over 20 years around DC I've never seen them close, but I've never seen them plowed or shoveled either.

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Year round here in Dallas area.

When weather is bad, no one's on them.

I would guess maybe your city doesn't want to patrol them in low-use times.
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Ours are plowed - 30+ miles worth of local trails, as fast as the streets are plowed. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't ice in some spots, especially on the underpasses under the bridges.
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Clear and open all year. Every year or two heavy rains close one or two for a day or so.
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In Wisconsin the paved MUPs that are close to cities are open year-round, even with they are snow & ice covered. Away from the cities, they are used by snowmobilers and not maintained in any way, so it is a ride at your own risk deal.
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I took a ride over to the city's only multi-use path, only to find out that they closed it for the winter. I don't have any idea why though; the city I live in rarely gets much snow (what we do get pretty much never lasts longer than a day or two), and it really is a nice path (I actually was kinda looking forward to riding through what little snow we get on it). I at least got a good road-ride out of the trip though.

Do your city's MUPs stay open year-round?
Ours MUPs and Bike lanes are officially open April 1st through October 1st. This gets the highway departmen off the hook for having to plow them. I honestly can't blame them either, We do get frequent snow. During the past 5 days we have had precipitation each day. There are also few pedestrians and cyclists on the path, and there are parallel roads to the paths that aren't too bad on a bike. There is one pedestrian/cycling bridge over a highway that did get plowed once this year after the NorthEaster dropped over a foot of snow, but otherwise it gets no service.

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Ours are open in Grand Rapids, MI 365 days a year. Sometimes in the winter they are covered with snow and ice, but they are open. I ride on them with my kids, my wife runs on them all year long.

My guess is the local municipality for the OP is a liberal group that is concerned about liability and doesn't want to get sued if someone slips on the ice.
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My guess is the local municipality for the OP is a liberal group that is concerned about liability and doesn't want to get sued if someone slips on the ice.
I think that you could substitute any political group name into that name. My point is that party affiliation/beliefs do not seem to determine the desire to protect oneself from a lawsuit. Any municipality that needs to protect itself from lawsuits so it can use the money elsewhere would seem to be acting in the communities best interest.

Now if it were a question of teaching abstinence, evolution, creationism, etc. you could make a more believable argument as to party attribution. I just don't see any core values coming strongly into play wrt MUP liability issues.
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