Bike trail must be done correctly
Dear Editor:The Open Space and Trails committee has a tentative plan, calling for a bike trail concerning Pitkin County and Garfield County. This same plan hopes to have the bike trail connecting this side of McClure Pass to the other side, and into Crested Butte. Conceptually, this is a wonderful idea. Keeping bike riders safe and car drivers safe is always a good idea. So there is a nice balance with this concept.The second idea, which the Crystal River Caucus agreed upon over a year ago (at a meeting where I was in attendance) was to keep the trail within the Highway 133 right of way, also a nice balance. Not encroaching upon the fragile bighorn sheep living in Filoha Meadows area, the endangered plant species, fireflies (yes, fireflies) and private property is also the balance the Crystal River Valley wants to keep.Discussions about the bridges that could be installed over the Crystal River are simply astounding to me. Development is development, whether it is a house or a bridge or a bike trail in the middle of a meadow. Pollution, more cars, more backcountry vehicles, night lights, noise, accidents, all of this will come because of more access onto private property and on bridges over the river and more people.Language used by Dale Will, when referring to the petition recently submitted by Mr. Pojman, is an odd maneuver in itself. Mr. Will, the people who have opposition to your conceptual idea of how the bike trail should be implemented, need to be listened to, and taken seriously. These people live on this river, and have for years, sometimes generations. You do not live in the vicinity of the proposed bike trail. The development of a bike trail in the Crystal River Valley will have a monumental impact on the area for hundreds of years. It must be done correctly at all costs.Dale Will uses words at will to promote the trail at all costs. This trail needs to be kept on the 133 right of way.n This trail needs to be built using a balance of common sense. This trail isn’t about just shoving it through.I urge all area residents to attend the meetings that have discussions about this trail. Read between the lines. We can have a bike trail, for safety; we can have meadows for the sheer beauty of it; we can have it all. It will take more creativity than is being put on this table.Nancy ChromyRedstone
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A management plan for the Marolt Open Space guides the city to largely leave it alone, although a feasibility study will be done for a potential bike park on the south side of the property.