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Thinking it would be nice if trail users cleared a block of trail near their home whenever snow hits. It wouldn't take much time. I know I could do it easily (I also know I haven't, but then again, i enjoy riding in the snow).

Just a fantasy, I know, but I think it would be cool if this collective effort took place.

I've actually pitched that idea before, blue eyed Devil. Maybe if we get a big snow, we can organize something.

At my kids' school we have a "shovel brigade." Rather than waiting for a city effort that may or may not ever come, when it snows a bunch of parents head out with shovels. Many hands make light work. In last year's storms we cleared the entire playground so the kids could have outdoor recess -- shoveling beats the hell out of dealing with kids who've had no exercise.

Even easier than shoveling is salting, which will take care of a lot, it just takes a little time to work.

One problem with snow removal on trails is the lingering effect of icing from snow melt. This is often a problem on the Mount Vernon Trail between Dyke Marsh and the stone bridge. I have seen people salting sections of the trail in this are this year but it doesn't seem to occur with consistency.

Another observation - and one that probably leads nowhere good - is that this location on this multi-use path is ovewhelmingly used by people on bikes. Only five weeks showed pedestrian users ahead of bikes, almost all due to poor trail maintenance. Typical usage counts at least twice as many bikes as pedestrians.

I pledge to shovel! I always hit the bus stop nearest my house, but I promise to look at the bike lanes too.

Minor nit for future reference: it's "Daylight Saving," not "Daylight Savings".

Keep up the good work. I read everything you post, every day! :^)

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