As an avid trail user and one who does a lot to help maintain the trails I am dealing with trail conditions daily. I do what I can as an individual to help but when it comes to cleaning up after flooding has occurred the city street dept. and the parks dept. have the responsibility. And, of course, they have the equipment needed to do so. And I do appreciate it when they get the job done and the trails are opened back up for use. The problem is most of the time they do very poor quality work as they use minimal effort. They are quite lazy and if the job involves manual labor it just doesn’t get done. They will operate the equipment where they sit on their butts and drive it but some of the areas along the trails simply requires manual labor … using a shovel and/or scraper and/or broom.
Then there are the trees which have fallen or carried in the river and deposited along the trails. Rather than completely removing them off of the trail they shove them or cut them off with a chain saw leaving them stick out over the trail. I am frequently riding along on my trike discovering this and stopping to remove the trees off of the trail. It doesn’t take all that long or that much effort usually. But as I said, they are lazy and won’t put forth the effort.
Then is the matter of snow removal. They plow the snow with a truck or tractor or some other vehicle but rather than removing the snow totally off of the trail they leave it piled up right in front of bollards or driveways or streets where it is quite difficult to get thru for those using the trails. Again, all it would take is stopping, getting off of the seat of the vehicle, grabbing a shovel and removing the snow off of the trail.
They are just lazy I tell ya. Minimal effort equates to a half ass job and that is exactly what results most of the time. It doesn’t do any good to complain to the city officials about it. It is just something that is ongoing and doesn’t look like it will ever change. Oh well, at least the trails do get back open eventually and I do my best to …
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