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Griping about the local bike path

Old 10-25-09, 11:25 AM
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Griping about the local bike path

*This thread has no value other than me blowing off steam to some folks who may sympathize*

So, the one bike trail in town (Cape Fear River Trail) is worthless. It's a 4 mile stretch that runs from my neighborhood to a soccer field. It doesn't connect to anything else. the pretty trees shed leaves and make every curve a hazard. oh, and those curves are all blind, can't see where you're coming out or if there's anyone on the path ahead - I almost plowed into a kid on a tricycle. the path is too narrow to facilitate some types of two way traffic, i.e. bicycle and dog walkers - I almost ran over a shih tzu. the only redeeming value is the hills, some are a pretty good climb, and the ladies from Methodist U who like to jog the trail.

Are other trails this bad, or has Fayetteville just failed again?
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Old 10-25-09, 11:28 AM
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You're new to the commuting forum, aren't you?

In the US, the typical "bike" path is viewed as part of a town's recreational rather than transportational infrastructure. The typical "bike" path characteristics result from that. Think about it.
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Old 10-25-09, 11:35 AM
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there is a residential road near me where they built a bike path/sidewalk next to it. This road must be almost 40' wide, two lanes. So the need for a bike path simply isn't there. And it puts you in harms way every block, so I just ride in the road beside it. I was trying to figure out why they built this thing, and then I saw a couple of recreational cyclists riding on it. They were going at approximately walking pace. Now it makes a lot more sense.
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Old 10-25-09, 11:53 AM
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This reminds me of an article on Ken Kifer's site titled The Interstate Designed Like a Bikeway. Almost to true to be funny.

I'm lucky to live in an area that has a number of MUTs that are actually a very useful part of the bike transportation infrastructure. About half of my daily commute is on one of the trails. During commute time, that trail is like a crowded interstate with a constant stream of bikers and walkers.
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Originally Posted by lonesomesteve View Post
This reminds me of an article on Ken Kifer's site titled The Interstate Designed Like a Bikeway. Almost to true to be funny.
though satirical, this describes the CFRT with spooky accuracy.


Thanks for the laugh though!
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The Sammamish River Trail and Burke-Gilman Trail are mostly nice, if not a bit crowded.

Sure, there are leaves on much of the trail in the fall... but there also aren't many tight turns to make. It's a fairly straight shot trail with the exception of a section in Bothell and the bridge in Redmond where the trail splits for the park or the mall.
There are some root-heaved sections from Bothell through LFP.
There are lots of peds during the nice weather.

However, it's a reasonably well maintained thoroughfare connecting the east and west sides of the lake without having to hop a bus at the 520, or take the extra mileage down to the I-90 bike crossing. Does it have its flaws? Yes. Am I going to complain after seeing how bad some other MUPs are designed? Heck no. We've actually got it pretty good up here.
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