Never once suggested paving over any dirt trails in my initial comment.
The dirt trails I suggest 1st opening to bicycles(Canada rd,Alpine rd,Portola rd,Los Trancos rd,A trail within Edgewood Co Park) parallel busy roadways,and are ,for the most part, perfectly appropriate for shared use trails(bicycles-horse-walker use).
Studying these paths to ensure adequate lines of sight(safer for shared use)and trail surface condition would be a great 1st step in making San Mateo Co a more bicycle friendly environment.(imho)
Sharing trails works well when the trails are well designed for multi use conditions.
I stand by my initial statement that in order to further San Mateo County as a bicycle friendly area, repealing the arcane ordinance prohibiting bicyclists(and dog walking) from San Mateo County Parks 15,000+acres with miles of dirt trails would be fantastic.
Surely there are some dirt trails within these 15,000 acres that would benefit from more people using them(dog walkers+bicycle riders)
Demographics have changed very much since these outdated ordinances restricting bicycles from dirt trails were enacted in the early 1960's.
Mt Bicycling is here to stay, with ever growing #'s of enthusiasts every year that more than deserve access on dirt somewhere within San Mateo Co Parks.
Just as Equestrians or Hikers wouldn't think of recreating around zooming motor vehicles,many of us bicyclists feel exactly the same way, especially those of us w kids and grand kids.
Funny the banner picture of this article shows the group of cyclists riding on a dirt path.
San Mateo County Parks has an ordinance that prohibits bicycling(and dog walking) on dirt paths within our publicly funded county parks.
Yes, all 15,000+ acres of parks,No bicycle riding or Dog walking on dirt paths.
Many of San Mateo Co roads,especially in the Woodside-Portola Valley region have existing dirt paths that parallel busy roadways.(Canada rd,Alpine rd,Portola rd,Los Trancos rd)
To gain access to these seldom used(by walkers or Equestrians) would be fantastic for those of us w youngsters.
(How many of us parents want to ride our bicycles w kids on busy paved roadways?)
Another Ex: Edgewood Park has existing fire roads+trails that,if opened to bicyclists, would allow cyclists to ride from Edgewood Park entrance on Edgewood rd all the way to Canada rd.
Anyone who drives on Edgewood rd knows that vehicles regularly zoom along at well over 50 mph, what parent in their right mind would want to ride a bicycle w younger bicyclists amongst that sort of danger?
If the appointed bike coordinator wants to make a valuable contribution within San Mateo County, they ought to,as a 1st action priority,undo this arcane ordinance that keeps bicyclists off of dirt trails.
To myself and MANY other bicycling members of the public,this would be a positive first step in bringing San Mateo County into a more bicyclist friendly status, much more than any improved paved street bicycle positive modifications.
Nice to see the SMCo Parks dept flush w funds.
Just to add to the wish list, SMCo Parks has an ordinance that prohibits dog walking+bicycle riding on dirt trails with all their parks.
As part of restructuring, how about opening up some dirt paths somewhere within these tens of thousands of acres to a broader base of potential supporters?
Dog walking+bike riding on dirt trails is fully accepted in many open spaces, time for SMCo Parks to study opening some dirt trails now.
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