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Our View: Be careful, patient as valley’s road sweep continues

Vail Daily Editorial Board

We’re an eager bunch in the Vail Valley. Once the chairlifts and gondolas stop running, we get eager to dust off our golf clubs, bikes, one-wheel skateboards and other playthings.

The problem, of course, is that golf courses, bike paths and sidewalks aren’t always ready to accommodate our desires.

Street sweepers have been busy the last few weeks, clearing sand from roadways and intersections. That’s good news for motorists and road cyclists.

Much of that work has been done, although there are still some sandy patches here and there, particularly going into private driveways.

Our valley’s sidewalks and recreation paths are a different story.

One staff member who lives in Vail reports that the paths there are mostly clear of winter’s grunge. But another co-worker reports that the paths between Avon and this newspaper’s Eagle-Vail office are a mixed bag.

This isn’t a complaint about the road maintenance people trying to clear a winter’s worth of sand. It’s a big job, and as much as many of us would like the sand cleared right now, they won’t get to everything all at once.

This piece is more of a call for patience.

It would be nice to have all the golf courses open and all the streets and recreation paths cleared. But you may have noticed we aren’t quite done with winter weather yet. We may need a bit more traction sand spread about over the next few weeks.

With that in mind, let’s give the sweeper crews some understanding — as well as a wide berth when they’re working in and along roadways. Motorists also need to watch for cyclists, boarders and others. A bit of inattention from a driver can quickly ruin a cyclist or boarder’s week — or worse. And for those of us on bikes, skateboards and similar devices, be careful out there. It doesn’t take much sand — or an inattentive driver — to ruin an otherwise good day.

The Vail Daily Editorial Board is publisher Mark Wurzer, editor Nate Peterson, assistant editor Ross Leonhart, business editor Scott Miller, Eagle Valley Enterprise editor Pam Boyd and advertising director Holli Snyder.