I’m getting to know my local trails through muni.
This morning I drove to a trail but found it had a “No Bicycles” sign. Yeah, I’m not riding a bike, but I stayed off anyway, assuming they mean “No Wheeled Riding Vehicles”. I had another trail to explore anyway.
I drove to the other trail. It had no restriction signs but led to yet another trail that said “Pedestrians Only”. I’m trying to explore these trails for future muni, biking, and hiking, so I really didn’t want to turn around. So I rode it.
Along the way I encountered an older man hiking. He angrily said, “Are they calling that thing a pedestrian now? The signs say pedestrians only.” Before I could even talk to him he was walking away.
My town has an organization that takes care of the trails. In fact, yesterday I passed by a group of people carrying rakes. That must have been members of the trail group, out to do some maintenance. I can’t help but wonder if they’ve been talking about the guy on the unicycle lately.
The trail organization have monthly meetings and I’m going to go to the next one.
I’d at least like to find out which trails are not restricted to me. But I’d also like to understand why some trails are restricted, and ideally get them unrestricted to unicycles, if not bicycles too. That’s probably a bit much to accomplish in the first meeting, but with all this in mind…
Does anyone have suggestions on how to approach this? What should I or shouldn’t say or ask? The meeting is in less than 24 hours, so I hope I can prepare in time.