Al Couture: What’s with the ‘no bikes’ signs along Blue River? |

Al Couture: What’s with the ‘no bikes’ signs along Blue River?

Al Couture

Am I breaking the law when riding a mountain bike along the Blue River recpath north of Silverthorne? For more than a decade, I’ve accessed the Silverthorne Rec Center via my bike. As do hikers, joggers, dog walkers and fishermen. I enjoy the quite pleasure of biking the pathway adjoining the Blue.

Of late, local signs have surfaced along the pathway stating “No bikes.” Need I conform to this newly instituted “guideline” from my neighborhood residents? Has preemptive use of the pathway now been revoked? Do we need to wait for a court ruling to enjoy the pleasure of riding along the Blue River? Will failure to comply result in loss of biking privileges? I’d like to think not!

This situation brings to mind a relatively recent property owners’ controversy concerning land usage along the lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. Group action was initiated to close off the Blue to boaters and fishermen. Fortunately, public good prevailed and the river remains accessible to rafters and boaters. As in the Lower Blue situation, surely the right to bicycle should be protected along the “public” Blue River recpath!

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