Sunday, May 31, 2009
Went out on one of the city's rail-to-trail trails today. I headed south from the shopping district where I parked, which is the less busy direction to go on the trail. They've been fixing it up a bit since I last rode it; there are new trees planted, a lot of businesses have added murals along their walls, and there are chain-link fences separating the trail from the weedy vacant lots (although it's not clear what they're protecting from who).
On the downside, there's that four-lane street you have to cross without a light or a stop sign ...
Going down to the end of the trail and back wasn't quite enough to get my fifteen miles, so I also headed through the district. There were zillions of pedestrians - it's a nicer trail, but on a sunny Sunday it's awfully crowded.
Finally, I would like to add that
* it's bad enough to bike two abreast on the narrow parts of the trail, but worse to PASS two abreast when there's oncoming traffic
* if you're going to ride one of those adult tricycles with a Slow Vehicle sign on the back, you really should not be passing when there's oncoming traffic either, as they can't get around you
* it's just not nice to take up the whole trail in one direction and force everyone behind you to go your speed and everyone coming the other way to dodge off the road into the gravel
Granted, none of that will ever be learned by the fools who need to know it, but it feels good to say.
Hope everyone's having a pleasant summer!