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Falcons again rule the roost outside Regional Chamber

Will democratic party chairman Dave Betras lobby the falcons to leave their nest at the Chamber?

April 20, 2011 at 5:52 a.m. suggest removal

Annoying, perhaps even dangerous, crossings detract from bike trail

I share your concerns about the crossings on the Metroparks trail. Especially on Turner Road where cars come speeding over a hill at an obtuse angle to the bike trail. However, every trail has its issues. The Ohio side of the Stavich trail is bumpy enough to ruin a bicycle. The Cuyahoga Valley trail is crushed stone instead of asphalt, which can get washed out in places. The trail from Lisbon to Leetonia has a couple of dangerous crossings. One of them comes around a bend, downhill, with a 55 mph speed limit. (Does everyone in Columbiana County drive black pickup trucks that roll like they're on the Dukes of Hazzard?) And the first mile of that trail on the Leetonia side has potentially bike ruining bumps.
But I appreciate the effort made by governments and groups who have helped build these trails. On a nice spring, summer or fall day.. riding them is as close to heaven on earth as I can imagine. I expect that builders of the trail from the Mahoning/Trumbull County line north to Champion will encounter many more crossing issues, especially in more urban areas. I hope parents consider crossing problems when they allow their children to ride the trails. I hope adults also use extreme caution when crossing. I also wish that drivers would be more cautious when they see a bike crossing ahead. I was amazed when I rode the trail in Loveland Ohio (very nice) that drivers would actually brake at bike crossings and allow me to cross. Talk about heaven!

September 19, 2010 at 8:21 a.m. suggest removal