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Ding ding " on your left

Dear Editor:

I have been a very happy, longtime homeowner in the Aspen Valley and have enjoyed the wonderful opportunities the community offers for outdoor recreation for all seasons. As the community has grown, there have been numerous changes ” some good and some not so wonderful.

As an almost daily user of the Rio Grande Trail, as a cyclist but mostly as a walker, I noticed several trends that I think are worth trying to reverse at the earliest opportunity. As the cyclist now appears to out number pedestrians, it would appear that some form of early warning system needs to be implemented in order to avoid serious pedestrian/bicycle accidents. In years past, a simple greeting of “on your left” much as it is a courtesy on the cat walks in ski country would be invaluable.

In my early days on the trail, there were fewer bicyclist and more pedestrians and an occasionally rider on horseback, there was a periodic sign that illustrated bicyclist giving way to pedestrians and both pedestrians and bicyclists yielding to people on horseback. Since many of the cyclists seem to be family groups enjoying themselves on a once on a vacation bicycle excursion down the valley, perhaps some form of brief educational/informational handout might be given with bicycle rentals.

An alternate warning form would be bicycle bells.

Edward D. Stone Jr.

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