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Ledges Section of Lakewalk

I just learned that this section of the Lakewalk is open. Does anyone know when it opened, or the story about volunteers working on it to meet a deadline? The Private Property signs are on 23rd Ave East. The other signs are at the beginning of this section of the Lakewalk,at the end of 23rd. How about a sign that says ” Public Welcome”?

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Lady J

about 10 years ago

I, too, noticed how unfriendly that zone is to the public while taking a stroll this August: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157621943425951/show/
(if you watch the slideshow, click on Show Info in the upper right for commentary)

E.

about 10 years ago

I was one of the volunteers. It went pretty well, but it was obvious they weren't expecting that big of a turnout.
The signs are unfortunate, but not so bad if taken the right way. The "No Stopping" order is supposed to go hand-in-had with the "No Parking" order. It means no cars should sit there idling. It does kind of infer that you should "Keep moving" on that section of the lakewalk though. I understand the "No Stopping" sign in the context of cars because the City needs access to the sewer covers there and if you give somebody in a car an inch, they will take a mile (i.e. "Oh, I wasn't 'parked' because I left my car running while I was walking my dog for 30 minutes").
As for the "No Bikes..." sign, it is a liability ass-covering from the city. They consider that section of the lakewalk "unfinished" because it isn't paved and there is no formal trail edge delineation. I suppose there are people out there stupid enough to crash their bikes on the gravel (after parking in the no parking zone) and then sue the city for encouraging them to ride their bikes on gravel. It is easier, if you are on a bike, to bypass the section anyway and ride the same route that you would have before the new section was complete. I believe once the section is paved that it will be open to bikes as well.
Anyway, despite their tone, I don't think any of the signs were posted by request of the condo owners, who I found to actually like the ammenity, unlike the property developer who is the asshole who said "use it or lose it".

E.

Calk

about 10 years ago

I rode my bike through there this summer, it was a little rough going on the unpaved part, and I had to get off and walk the bike through one particularly rough section. But no one chased me off, so that was cool.

fergus

about 10 years ago

Article about the opening of this section:
http://www.businessnorth.com/viewarticle.asp?articleid=3009

eco eco

about 10 years ago

Calk, did you see a guy shaking his head and cursing under his breath as you rode by? If so, that was me in my annoyance at people riding their bikes on a curving, too narrow for bikes and pedestrians, posted no biking trail.

Calk

about 10 years ago

@Eco Eco, it was early Sunday morning, I remember, b/c I was riding to 4800 London Road to do the historic homes tour -- in early September. I doubt you were out and about. You don't have to worry about me doing that again, it wasn't a lot of fun riding my bike in that section.

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