Friday, July 25, 2008

Walking to Chestnut on Aboite New Trails

We live in Candle Lite Park so we can cut through Rock Creek (or, as we call it, Rock Ridge, and only fans of the movie Blazing Saddles will appreciate that reference) to get to the trail along Scott Road.

It's a little over a mile to the shopping center at the corner of SR14/Illinois and Scott roads, and when we tell most people that we enjoy walking over for breakfast at Espresso Gallery, or lunch at Subway, or for an errand at the hardware store or Walgreens or Scott, they can't believe we "walk that far." (In fairness, other folks we tell look as if they've had a wake-up call and say, "Wow, we have to try that!")

But it's a great walk and major kudos to Aboite New Trails for a safe pathway that's getting used more and more, as evidenced by the little kids on bikes, families, joggers, and strollers we pass.

Once we get to the shopping center, though, we begin to take our lives in our hands. Because there are no crosswalks to be had, on either the Chestnut shopping center side or the Scott's/Walgreens side of the roads.

I'm not sure who's jurisdiction it would be to paint some crosswalks, but it would be nice to have a designated place to cross that would get drivers' attention, seeing as folks like to drive through the light like bats out of hell.

And, it would also be nice if the developers of the shopping centers would put some sidewalks around their properties--this would help get us walkers to where we're going.

Because if, as a community, we want to encourage more of this kind of behavior, the path needs to be as smooth as possible. I don't want a section of the trailway dedicated to me (or anyone!) because I (or anyone!) was run over on a street corner!


  1. Cathy,
    WE at ANT enjoy reading your writings about the trails. We are always searching for more individuals to get involved. Please call our office if you would like to volunteer. We have a race in October and we could really use some help.

  2. I'm going to call, and I'm leaving the number up so YOU can call too!