Help build a recpath over Swan Mountain
While I disagree with several of his points, I would like to say “Thank you, Mark, for pointing out the frustration and danger inherent in biking on Swan Mountain Road.”
The Friends of Swan Mountain Recpath has been working very hard since 2004 to do exactly what Mark suggests, build a path that will get bikers off the road (if they choose). The first section, the Lowry section, opened last August. It will provide a 1.67-mile path from Royal Coachman Boulevard in Summit Cove to the Lowry Campground. This will allow path users to avoid 2.2 miles of Swan Mountain Road and provide safe passage for cyclists.
We are working on the funding for the second section that will go from the Lowry Campground to the parking lot at Sapphire Point. With a bit more private donations and some public funds, we hope to complete this section in 2009 or 2010.
It is estimated that 500,000 people use our bikes paths during the summer, arguably the number one attraction of Summit County during the summer. This is not only a benefit for the bikers, but these people eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores, and sleep in our hotels and rental units. It will be in everyone’s interest to help get this rec path around Dillon Reservoir complete, and, it will get most the bikers off Swan Mountain Road.
So Mark, instead of wasting your energy being negative, why don’t you and people of like mind use it in a positive way, and join us on the “Friends” committee and assist us in getting the job done. Check out http://www.swanmountainrecpath.com.
We have two fundraisers coming up with all proceeds going to finishing the second section: On July 17, Doo Wop Denny and Nancy Cook are donating their considerable talents for a Benefit Concert at the Silverthorne Pavilion, and on Aug. 10, we are having the inaugural Bob Guthrie Memorial Bike Ride for 10-, 20- and 75-mile rides to raise funds and to honor Bob Guthrie, leader of Friends of the Swan Mountain Recpath.
In the meantime, until the rec path is complete over Swan Mountain, like the yellow signs say at each end of the road, “Share the road.”
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