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Trail Committee Warming Up

by Chris Cain
March 17, 2019

At the most recent meeting of the Holliston Trails Committee, the members discussed various activities intended to add to the enjoyment of the Upper Charles Rail Trail.

On the to do list are:

  • repairing damage along the trail from the icy weather and wind storms - especially getting the stone dust surface in shape for heavy use in the warmer months

  • creating an Americans' With Disabilities Act compliant access ramp to the trail from the Park and Rec parking area

  • working with the Holliston Garden Club to plant a tree where the trail crosses Monroe Street

Also, the committee reviewed drawings that depict the master plan for the area of the rail trail known as Blair Square. 

There would be space for larger gatherings of people, more grassy area, and a veterans' memorial flag pole. 

Ed Daniels, representing the Friends of the Holliston Trails, answered questions from the committee.  The primary question was where in the plan was the existing gazebo?   There was a discussion about what was the best way to use the limted space to the advantage of the most people.  Ed took the committee's comments back to the landscape architect.

Members of the committee planned to be out this Saturday morning looking at the sites along the trail that are on the to do list.

 

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Comments (3)

Agree with PSimpson. No need to be a Lance Armstrong wannabee. You're not impressing anybody, and may end up doing harm to others.

- Stan Coffin | 3/20/19 10:43 PM

Re John Connor's comments about cyclist sight lines.

The area from the Exchange St bridge, through Blair Square and past the schools should be a "go slow" area for cyclists in any case. Lots of cross traffic, people getting on and off the trail, events at Blair Square and two major cross streets. Perhaps some "SLOW AREA" signs? I'm a cyclist, and love the trail, but it's not a race course. If you're biking the trail, it's your responsibility not to be a hazard to other users. Barreling through while shouting "on your left" is not a solution, especially in Blair Square. Slow down, take it easy. There are plenty of other areas on the trail where you can go faster.

- PSimpson | 3/18/19 8:35 AM

architecturally, this is a beautiful design. But who is it designed to serve? From a bicyclist's perspective, it is fraught with inconvenience and danger. What ever happened to the idea of a Caboose with bathrooms? Nothing spoils a great landscape design more than Porta-Potties. And the Gazebo? A great place to duck in out of a sudden rain shower, or sit down for a bite of take-out from our local restaurants. But most importantly, look at how the sight lines of a cyclist would be impaired by the plantings where the pedestrian path crosses the Rail Trail. Even low plantings would hide the sight of a small child or a dog on a long leash suddenly dashing out into the path of an oncoming cyclist. This is the most common cause of injury along bike paths. Worse still, plantings right on the street at Central Street block the view of oncoming motorists. This is exactly the situation that led to the death of a six year old last summer along the East Bay Bike path in Rhode Island. RI DOT has since removed all vegetation and placed Stop signs for traffic at the location.

John Connor

- John Connor | 3/17/19 11:39 AM

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