Path a safety risk
August 1, 2008
An alert to all parents of kids who skateboard and ride their bikes along the path in between the Pitkin County jailhouse and the building that houses Taster’s pizza, the community dance hall and the city and county meeting room, otherwise known as the Rio Grande Community Building.
Many of us have witnessed out-of-control skateboarders and kids on bikes careening out of control in their hurry to get to one of their favorite places “Rio Grande Park ” and landing in the middle of the street in their attempt to stop.
On Thursday an overlay of asphalt was laid down on top of the old path, which now makes the path super smooth and super fast. Please alert your kids to this new surface and remind them that they need to brake before they get into the middle of the street.
There is also a blind spot for drivers as they come around the curve because of the cars parked in front of Taster’s, which can make it physically impossible for drivers to see the kids trying to cross the street.
What can be done to address the safety issue? One of the first kids to use the new fast path thought maybe it would be a good idea to put a jump at the end of the path, since they have so much speed they could use the jump to get airborne into the skateboard park! Not a bad idea, but it would probably be better if there was water in the bowls to soften their landings.
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Since we all know that is not going to happen anytime soon, I would like to ask the above-mentioned groups to please take the initiative and either redirect the path or add a speed bump, speed dip or sand trap at the end before one of those kids who can’t stop at the bottom lands in the middle of the street, only to get run over by a car.