PLEASE HELP Avoid trail closure.

jShort

2018 Fantasy Football Toilet Bowl Lead Technician
Team MTBNJ Halter's
Canal Rd. between the trailhead and the parking lot is too narrow to handle hiker/biker traffic safely. A river crossing makes a resolution difficult. Easier to close the trail than provide accommodations for users on Canal Rd. Closing the trail in order to "discourage" users is lame.

If this is really the reason, that's ridiculous. Every time I'm parked at the canal lot, I see plenty of cyclists riding the road. It's an extremely popular road for roadies.
But the park is worried about a few mountain bikers traveling a quarter mile?
 

Steve Vai

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
If this is really the reason, that's ridiculous. Every time I'm parked at the canal lot, I see plenty of cyclists riding the road. It's an extremely popular road for roadies.
But the park is worried about a few mountain bikers traveling a quarter mile?

This.

But I can only assume that dudes come balling out of that trail onto the road? A couple close calls and a motorist or 3 picking up a phone and calling the park to complain is all it would take.

Hope this goes well as this is my favorite trail at 6-Mile.

Thanks jDog for getting in front of this.

-Jim.
 

tednugent

Member
maybe a couple of posts installed at the mouth of the trail or the fence barrier type setup you see at a lot of rail-trails which forces you to slow down or dismount
 

jdog

Shop: Halter's Cycles
Shop Keep
This.

But I can only assume that dudes come balling out of that trail onto the road? A couple close calls and a motorist or 3 picking up a phone and calling the park to complain is all it would take.

Hope this goes well as this is my favorite trail at 6-Mile.

Thanks jDog for getting in front of this.

-Jim.


There is still some hope but someone tearing down the "trail closed" signs didn't help this cause.

This is a tough call, since the park reps don't see eye to eye with the perspective that riders ride ALL the trails as a loop on each visit.

They simply see riders on canal road, and that causes them concern. (Ironically there are literally 100's of road riders on canal road on any warm day).

A quick look at the map shows that w/o this trail in place, riders will have to ride at least 5x longer on the road to complete the whole loop.

In all fairness the S. middlebush crossing is a zillion times more dangerous, and that goes unnoticed..

BLAH!!!!
 

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I Ride Bikes

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I would agree with a barrier being an effective method of increasing safety at that intersection. Forcing riders to enter the road parallel rather than straight out is a much better option for those people who can't think for themselves.
 

BiknBen

Well-Known Member
If this is really the reason, that's ridiculous. Every time I'm parked at the canal lot, I see plenty of cyclists riding the road. It's an extremely popular road for roadies.
But the park is worried about a few mountain bikers traveling a quarter mile?

Cyclists have equal right to use the roads as cars. They are not park users. If a roadie gets wacked in front of the Canal Rd lot. A ranger will say, "Uh, thank god that wasn't a trail user. I'd never here the end of it."

The park is concerned because a trail is directing its users to the road. Because users have to walk/ride along the road to get to the lot, some improvements should be made to provide safer passage. Motorists can complain that trail users are creating a hazard on the road. Additionally, trail users can complain that they cannot get to the trail safely. That puts the park in a tough spot.

There are two ways to solve the problem. Our preferred solution requires a lot of work such as a pedestrian bridge and some type of path along the road. The other involves closing the trail and eliminating the problem.

Sorry you have to deal with crap like this Jay. Hundreds of hours of volunteer work go ignored. Total BS.
 

aedubber

New Member
Typical NJ BS.. A shame to lose all that time , money, effort , sweat, and blood that was put into this trail system..
 

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