Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vote yes on trails system bond

    Spending the money necessary to keep the Wood River Trail system in good repair is a good investment, and voters should unreservedly approve the $3.5 million repair bond on the ballot in the special election next Tuesday.
    The asphalt in the 20-mile-long system is cracked and developing potholes despite regular maintenance. The bond would cost property taxpayers an estimated $21 per $100,000 of taxable property value.
    The Wood River Trail system is a remarkable asset that links the entire Wood River Valley from Hulen Meadows south through Bellevue to Silver Creek. Building the system was the sole reason voters created the Blaine County Recreation District more than 30 years ago. Today, the system embodies the foresight of residents whose vision of linked communities engaged voters and convinced them to build the system of non-motorized trails.
    The “bike path,” as it’s affectionately known, has been an unmitigated success. Large numbers of people, estimated at a total of 300,000 last year, use the path during every season of the year.
    Cyclists, walkers, bladers, cross-country skiers and equestrians of all ages are avid fans of the path. Some commute to work; some are visitors for whom it’s a good way to get a taste of the valley. Moms and dads with strollers are a regular sight.
    The path is a boon to both property values and to the Blaine County area’s economy. It’s a key part of the area’s exceptional quality of life. It attracts visitors, who are often astonished at the extent of the trail system when they discover it and use it again and again on return trips.
    The path was one of the first successful efforts in Idaho in which a former railroad right of way was converted to a non-motorized trail instead of reverting to adjacent private property owners or becoming a highway.
    Keeping our beloved path intact will be worth every cent. Vote yes.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.