The proposed bike plan would affect trails that closely follow the course of rivers, like this section of the Rennie’s River trail. (John Gushue/CBC) This column is an opinion by Edward Riche, a St. John’s writer and a frequent contributor. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section , please see the FAQ .
An Oct. 17 letter to the editor in the Telegram from Robert Bishop raised an alarm about the City of St. John’s bike plan.
"At a suspiciously low-key function on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 2nd, the City of St. John’s took a giant step towards the destruction of the cherished walking trails that daily, year-round, see thousands of residents and visitors enjoying healthy exercise in beautiful and safe surroundings. The occasion was to announce a funding agreement between the three levels of government to ‘upgrade’ the Kelly’s Brook Trail, one of the main trails in the Grand Concourse system, in order to make it a ‘shared-use path’ to encourage bicycling," Bishop wrote.
Mr. Bishop was correct. The report states plainly that a significant portion of the shining path for bicycles in St. John’s is to be paved over the pedestrian trails tracing the rivers that run through the city: "This plan proposes three catalyst projects: 1. Kelly’s Brook Trail from Columbus Drive to Kings Bridge Road; 2. Rennie’s River Trail from Portugal Cove Road to Prince Philip Drive; 3. Virginia River Trail from Quidi Vidi Lake to Penny Crescent."
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