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LETTER: Extending trail through sanctuary a mistake

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 8:33 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 23, 2011

It would be wrong for the City of Columbia to forcefully extend a bike trail through the Audubon Nature Sanctuary. Why?

  • The sanctuary is owned by the local, respected Audubon Society, and its members are opposed to the penetration and destruction in the sanctuary (a place of refuge and quiet).
  • The trail would go through the entire south end of the sanctuary and would cut a 30-foot wide destructive swath obtrusively north into the wooded area and across the much-used footpath that Audubon has already established through the woods.
  • It is not necessary because there is already a planned, non-obtrusive route at no or little cost, and it would be used by only a small number of bikers at a huge expenditure.
  • Such a route would also necessarily go through the length of the narrow Dublin Park where a children's play area and picnic shelter would end up adjacent to the proposed trail, and those who use that area and trail would be disturbed and endangered by bikers, as would walkers in the Audubon Sanctuary. You can Google "Scott's Branch Alternate Route" to view a map of the mistaken trail through the Audubon Sanctuary.

Please contact the mayor and the City Council members before the July 18 meeting to tell them that acting by force to run any kind of a trail through the Audubon property is unacceptable and would be a mistake.

Marjorie Meredith lives in Columbia.


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Michael Williams June 23, 2011 | 8:34 a.m.

For some reason, I'm enjoying this controversy waaaaaaay to much. Perhaps it's because both sides of this issue have not yelled when someone else's ox was getting gored by them or someone else, and now both their oxes are sticking it to one another simultaneously.

There's a lesson here...

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Paul Allaire June 23, 2011 | 2:39 p.m.

"Such a route would also necessarily go through the length of the narrow Dublin Park where a children's play area and picnic shelter would end up adjacent to the proposed trail, and those who use that area and trail would be disturbed and endangered by bikers, as would walkers in the Audubon Sanctuary."

Yes Marjorie. I'm sure that the kids would be greatly disturbed by the fact that a bike path was in the proximity of their pristine play area, just as much as it disturbs them that a bicycle parking rack is located near their pristine school.

Do you have any idea how much noise those bicycles make? And that's only one form of pollution that those bicycles produce! We should let the playground stay a playground for the kids and not allow the intrusion of something like a bicycle path because I KNOW that kids NEVER ride bikes. What were people thinking???

But don't despair. It's probably a good thing for you that there aren't many bicycles in OLD FOLK'S HOMES.

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Paul Allaire June 23, 2011 | 3:11 p.m.

"and it would be used by only a small number of bikers at a huge expenditure."

Nobody EVER uses the trails.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011...

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Paul Allaire June 23, 2011 | 7:22 p.m.

You don't suppose, do you, that the cyclists on the left were enjoying the sight of a bird? Quite a dangerous crowd - those obtrusive bicyclers. Flocking together like that and cutting a destructive swath across the state Missouri.

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