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LETTER: Advice for cyclists in Lois Hole Park

"One thing we all need to keep in mind is if a pedestrian is injured trying to cross a bike ramp or avoid a cyclist, the result will probably be closures within the park for everyone."
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A note to the cyclists using the footpaths in Lois Hole Park

1. You must not realize the ramps you construct across the pathway are a dangerous falling, tripping hazard for pedestrians.  To explain:  For a pedestrian to safely step over a fallen tree on the pathway, they need to place a foot close to the tree then step over with the other foot, placing that foot close to the tree on the far side. When you place an additional log on either side of the fallen tree and then smaller ones next to those and maybe secure everything by packing snow around it, you are making it impossible for a pedestrian to place their feet safely. Please do not construct these hazards.

2. When biking on the system of paved multi-use trails we are fortunate enough to have in St. Albert, and come up behind a pedestrian, you let them know you're passing with a warning horn/bell or "passing on your left". The same courtesy applies on the paths in Lois Hole. Get off your bike if necessary and go around them. Do not expect them to be the ones to get off the path.

One thing we all need to keep in mind is if a pedestrian is injured trying to cross a bike ramp or avoid a cyclist, the result will probably be closures within the park for everyone.

Stan Seymour, St. Albert