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Editorial: Paths should merge with policy

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail CO, Colorado

Dodging traffic while pushing a stroller or riding a bike on a neighborhood street doesn’t exactly conjure up images of a safe community that promotes recreation.

But it’s become a common part of life in Eagle-Vail, where anyone walking or riding along Eagle Road must trample on front lawns and narrow, rocky shoulders to avoid vehicles.

This scenario worries parents, in particular. Battle Mountain High School is on Eagle Road, which puts novice drivers, kids walking and riding to school, and parents pushing little ones all on the same street. You can imagine the possibilities.

Thankfully, the neighborhood’s homeowner’s association, Eagle County and the school district are pooling funds to to build a path along this busy stretch of road. Construction has already begun and not a moment too soon.

So one treacherous walkway is getting fixed, but plenty of others remain around the county.

Vail Valley Drive gets its share of hikers, bikers, strollers and walkers who compete for space with cars and buses. Vail is supposed to be a mecca for the active, but in this part of town its more like an accident waiting to happen.

The Homestead neighborhood is home to a large chunk of Edwards residents, many with kids, yet most of the roads winding through the development have no walking or biking paths. We haven’t heard of a serious accident occurring there ” yet.

In Avon, the road connecting Chapel Square to Wal-Mart sees plenty of walkers and riders, but absolutely no pathway that isolates them from the hordes of drivers who travel the same road.

Eagle County officials are planning to survey residents to learn how Eagle County’s quality of life can be preserved and improved.

Giving pedestrians a safer, and frankly, more environmentally friendly way to travel, would certainly help.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board

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