|Assigned to:||Unassigned |
|Created:||B Anna at November 3, 2007 - 12:42am |
|Status:||New (Class I (bike/ped path) / Priority minor) |
|Case ID:||: -1086 |
pothole or pavement cracks
Friday, November 2, 2007
Contra Costa Canal meets Taylor Blvd; gate was locked, it was around 2pm. I had to walk off trail down a good mound (partial wet and loose dirt made it difficult to walk down with a heavy bike; it was a nice day, I don’t know where the water originated from) to access the bike lane. I continued, intending to get back on the Contra Costa Canal path only to meet again with a locked gate causing more inconvenience and forcing me to resort to lugging my bike down hill. I considered riding on Lucille Lane, but because I am a novice bicyclist I would be too nervous to attempt it on a narrow road until after my Bicycle 101 class and without a child :D.
Also the loose gravel mixed with big rocks and dirt path along Las Juntas Park is not safe. There are cracks deep enough to cause instability while riding and a bicyclist could easily slip off and land by the ditch along the canal – not good for kids or learning bicyclists.
Before I started out, I planned my route on 511.org using the map tool and was hoping I could use this trail to pick up my son from school (Valhalla Elementary). This is my first time riding this trail and the trouble I encountered makes it difficult to imagine traveling it with my 8 year old. I am aware there are other routes leading to Valhalla Elementary, but feel the safest way is on the trail than in traffic since my child is not fully capable of handling a bike with confidence.
After a big headache adventure, my son and I took the bus home. I want to use the Contra Costa Canal on a daily basis to get my son to and from school. Please address this matter so that people like me and my son can use this trail effectively and safely. It would also be very good if they accommodated pedestrians and bicyclists where Taylor Blvd meets the Contra Costa Canal trail with a safe crossing especially since children like my son will be using it to get to and from school. Thank you very much for working on improving bicycle conditions in our community.
B. Anna M.