New Arrows!

More than 20 or so new arrow signs have gone in along the Schuylkill River Trail, and it looked like they were still in the process of painting more this morning!

New arrows painted on the trail near East Falls

I hope this helps with the summer trail traffic. Of course, some pedestrians will likely think the arrows only apply to bicycles and ignore them, still walking on the left side of the trail with their headphones on and dogs on leashes stretching across the trail…sigh…I suppose I often ignore signs too, like those signs on every bridge telling cyclists to walk their bikes. I agree, we should. When there is traffic, I do. But when there is one pedestrian on the bridge, I will admit I usually just slow down and take my cleats out of my pedals so I can get off my bicycle quickly if necessary .There is my confession for the day. I too ignore trail safety signs. But really, should I get off my bike at every bridge? That seems excessive, no?

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5 comments on “New Arrows!

  1. Ken says:

    Safety should be everyone’s primary concern. I go down the ramps (“bridges”?) on my bike but at the nearest walker’s pace. I think that serves the spirit and preserves safety. I cross at Race Street by “skateboarding”. I think that satisfies the spirit of “bicyclists should dismount”: I’m not mounted therefore I must have dismounted. What I cannot fathom are the signs that say 5 mph. I walk between 4 and 5 mph, so joggers are in violation? I’m not sure most cyclists can stay upright at 5 mph. It’s a sign that is illogical to me and it does nothing to make the path safer.

    On the other hand, people should stay to the right and pass on the left. People should look before turning. People on the right of way have … right of way; people crossing it do not. A green traffic light means you can go; red means you should stop. These things are for everyone’s safety.

    I guess I’m sort of agreeing with you — it is hard to tell, isn’t it 🙂 I think we should choose the safer course; we should obey signs when they improve safety, but safety always trumps signs. We should be courteous, except when it threatens safety. We should be predictable because it improves safety. We should communicate because it improves safety and it is courteous.

  2. Ken says:

    I hope you are ready to report on the trail after Hurricane Sandy!

    How have you been? I haven’t seen you in a while …

  3. I have been great. Still riding every day, but I have moved to an early schedule. I’m working from home through the hurricane, but yes, I’ll try to report on the trails on Wednesday!

  4. Ken says:

    I skirted 8 downed trees on my way in this morning. One is in Glenside, three on Mermaid, one on Moreland. Wissahickon Ave. is blocked between Cliveden and Johnson. There are two trees blocking the path that parellels Lincoln Drive. The first — just past the Henry Ave. overpass — can be climbed over. The second — just past the 100-steps — can be ducked under. After that, it’s smooth sailing 🙂

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