September 7, 2010
As a frequent user of the Rio Grand Trail, I could not help but notice the significant increase in park rangers patrolling the trail, keeping bike speeds down and dog owners in line with threats of significant, perhaps exorbitant, fines. Meanwhile, parallel to the trail runs the McLain Flats/Cemetery Lane road, which is currently being used as the second highway into Aspen.
One of the primary reasons this rural and residential road has turned into a full-fledged highway is because the sheriff’s office and Aspen Police Department have basically permitted highway speeds to be maintained by traffic using the road. With little attention being paid to either posted speeds or trucking restrictions that exist on the route, it is little wonder hundreds of commuters choose this road every day attempting to shave a couple of minutes off their commute.
I would propose that the sheriff’s department set up a radar trap at the Sunny Side Trail crossing and/or Stein Park and give prizes to anyone actually caught driving the speed limit (25 mph). If the sheriff’s office and the police department continue to allow this travesty, maybe we should get the rangers to help before someone gets killed.