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Letter to the Editor: Grant's Trail Users Too Lax

A reader sounds off on crosswalk etiquette at Grant's Trail stoplights. Agree or disagree? Take our poll.

I really need to comment on this. My wife and I cross the Grant Bike Path on a regular basis on Sappington Rd. in our cars. It would be nice if the bikes and joggers could obey the crossing lights. I've basically started to almost doing full stop there because of the bikes that run the cross-walk at full speed. I'm an old cyclist and I don't understand this habit. With the police Station being there you would think that this could be monitered and a few warnings passed out. It's a very unsafe situation. 

Thank You

—Jim Huber

Christy May 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I agree. I cross Grant's trail on Pardee where there is a sign that says everyone must stop. Including the bikes and pedestrians. Last week I was driving through, I had stopped when a bicyclist almost did not stop. I proceeded through the intersection after the bicyclist "slowed" to a rolling stop, then proceeded to stick his tongue out at me for me going after I stopped, because he felt he is above the law. He was an older man too. Why din't the people on the trail think the stop sign pertains to them?
Crestwood Resident May 24, 2012 at 02:34 AM
If i come to the stop sign on pardee road and a biker is coming I will sit and just wave them on, usually each time - I am not an avid bike rider but it's MUCH easier for me to stop and take off then the bikers, what - does 2 seconds matter and the biker is happy and I am happy because I have made someone's day a little easier- Don't sweat the small stuff life is too short -
John Morrissette May 24, 2012 at 08:23 AM
I agree with Jim Huber, and Christy. I cross at both places, as well as Watson, and have experienced the same things, and have also seen people ride or walk up and first hit the cross button, and then if no cars are right there, go on across. Of course, then the light goes red for cars, and they sit there for the duration of the light with no one crossing. The trail is for the convenience, and safety of the bikers, and hikers, and the motorists are required to obey the signs, and lights. Shouldn't the folks on the trail do the same?
pearl May 25, 2012 at 07:55 AM
I agree with what is being said here a well,i am also a bike rider. So they can't say I don't understand their side. The rules are there for for safety. But I would like to go one further; it doesn't matter what township i'm in pedestrians think the road is for walking or running on (in the wrong direction at that). I believe that the road is for wheels and the side walks are for feet (and strollers)
John Dough May 25, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Put a cop on a bike and let him patrol the trail at peak hours..
Nancy Lupo May 25, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Bikers and walkers are really bad about crossing Watson Road when their light is red. A ticket should be issued to these bikers and walkers who don't obey the rules just as I would being a motorist and crossing a red light. i honked at one bike rider to let him know that he was in danger and he gave me the finger.

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