Reading the K-W record this evening I came across a startling story: ‘Cyclist felled by barricade along Iron Horse Trail‘
This spot isn’t on my daily ride, but I’ve passed by it many times, luckily during daylight hours. I’m startled how it never occurred to me how deadly this is barricade is. Reading the article, many cyclists have run into this obstruction, and unfortunately one cyclist was even killed a few years back.
This quote is great – ‘The trail is a smooth ribbon of asphalt that winds through wooded areas and behind backyards in central and north Kitchener. Because the train tracks cross diagonally, they’re dangerous to cross at full speed on a bicycle. So city officials put up the barricades on either side of the tracks that partially block the trail, forcing cyclists to dismount, or ride very slowly around them.’
From memory this barricade seems ridiculous. Save a cyclist from crossing diagonal tracks by putting a dark gray metal beam across the trail and at waist height.
I found the photo below on google maps. I’ve zoomed and cropped, and it’s even more ridiculous. This photo is approaching the barricade from the south.
I’m going to have to pay a visit as I want to test out the reflective tape on the barricade with the various bike lights I use. I don’t use high powered trail lights, but commuter lights. Commuter lights make you more visible to other vehicles rather than light up a trail in front of you.
I can’t believe Jim Witmer (city director of operations) thinks it would make it more dangerous to put a safety light around the barricade.
What ridiculous ‘barricades’ have you seen around your community?