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Re: Closure of the Valley Trail from Rainbow Park to the north end of Lorimer Road – Sept. 8, 2008 to May 31, 2009
I received a copy of your letter dated Sept. 2, 2008 at our Westside home front door yesterday. It is entirely unacceptable that the Valley Trail from Rainbow Park to Tapley’s be closed for basically one year.
This trail is the key pedestrian, bicycle and cross-country ski connection between the Westside, Rainbow Park and the village. Every day, a large number of people travel on the Valley Trail by foot, bike, roller blade or cross-country skis from the Westside to the village and the Valley Trail corridor is our only route. My two children, who are young adults, use this section of the Valley Trail to go to the village and back so they have no problem with the police at night. It is also a green transportation solution that saves our environment.
Personally, I ride my bike around Alta Lake every morning using this section of trail and so admittedly, it won’t be missed sorely in the winter season but you are now telling me I cannot do my morning bicycle ride for basically one year. I can of course change the routing of my ride until the snow flies but next spring and summer I truly want to go back to my morning bike ride because this is one of my high points of living at Whistler. I know that public works need to be done but I am very disappointed that you and the RMOW want to make absolutely no allowances for maintaining pedestrian and bicycle traffic for such a long period of time on a such an important connector for so many residents and guests.
You state in your letter that reconstruction of this section of the Valley Trail will be completed before June 2009 but it will consist of only graded and compacted gravel and you propose to wait four months to repave the trail in September 2009. John, that is one full year for you to do your project and one full year we do not have this section of Valley Trail. As this is simply a pedestrian and bicycle trail I see no reason to wait four months for settling and compaction as we will not be running heavy vehicles to help in the compaction, which I know is the normal process for building roads. I therefore recommend the trail be repaved by early June 2009 so at least we do not miss an additional three months of summer when the trail is very heavily utilized by people commuting between Whistler Village, many sub-divisions and Rainbow Park as well as our local neighbourhood people traveling to work using green transportation solutions.
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