Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bike path is critical to community

    The bike path. I grew up south of Ketchum. When I got to the point of being able to ride my bike to town, I remember begging my parents to let me ride alongside the highway. I think I did this once and gave up biking for a really, really long time. Cars felt impossibly close, the ride was tense, and I readily gave up my bike for, well, not biking.
    Then, along came the bike path—this wonderful little ribbon that links our community from north to south, and if nothing else it provides safe passage to various points of the compass. But “if nothing else” is a wholly inappropriate term, since the bike path provides so much more. The bike path is something everyone can use. At a time when we are talking about traffic and congestion on the road, it is a remarkably tranquil conduit throughout the valley. And for me, it is a great place to engage all sorts of other denizens. I mark the spring and summer by the arrival of garter snakes, and look forward to those days in October when the praying mantises start moving. More than once, I’ve dodged a skunk.
    While these stories may not resonate with others, I bet others have stories of their own—stories of their time on the bike path, whether a ride with friends, a walk, or simply knowing that their kids have a safe place to ride.
    As we look to the future of the bike path, I hope these stories will percolate throughout the conversation and we will vote yes to supporting this asset—and a future of stories to come.
Harry Weekes

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