Friday, June 13, 2014

Marsh Creek Trail closed WTF?

Tricia and I were surprised on our ride this week to discover the Marsh Creek Trail closed. If you get on at Big Break Marina in Oakley you can ride as far as the bridge over the canal, but that’s it. Not only is it closed, but it will be closed all summer, until October. This is a highly used path that connects Antioch to Brentwood. It helps cyclists avoid some very sketchy high traffic roads. It also serves families on walks and nature observers enjoying the delta wetlands. I guess were just supposed to ride down Highway 4.

Of course, there were no detour signs, temporary bypasses, marked useable detours,  or any of the things that you’d normally find for autos. Not that I’m bitter…

I called the Contra Costa water District office number listed on the closure sign — 925 688 8010 — to register my disappointment. While the man on the phone was nice enough, he basically said "Yep. That's the way it is." I'd like to encourage you to call as well. Perhaps it won't fix this issue, but it will send a message that this is unacceptable.

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