Rick Oshlo: Dam recpath’s scary posts
I strongly agree with and support Holly Klein’s position in Friday’s Summit Daily letters regarding the posts installed by Denver Water on the Dillon Dam recpath. I understand and also support the need to keep vehicles of any sort off the path for a variety of reasons; however, the normal practice used many other places in Summit County to do so is to install a post in the middle of the path BETWEEN the opposing lanes where the centerline would be and, if necessary, place large boulders or ancillary posts on each side of the path to prevent someone from going around the center post. This normal configuration allows path users access to the lanes going both directions for safety and easy passing. There are numerous examples of this configuration along the paths in Frisco, Copper and elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the Dillon Dam posts are installed in the MIDDLE of each lane, which forces cyclists, walkers and other users coming from opposite directions through the same narrow center opening with no room to pass; much less pass safely. They scare me each time I approach them; particularly, the relatively blind and narrow section of path on the west end of the Dam where there are two sets of posts in rapid succession.
I cannot see that this more dangerous installation adds anything at all to security compared to the standard and much safer configuration. Ms. Klein’s father was lucky. The Dillon Dam path is a more serious accident, and perhaps a lawsuit, waiting to happen. I hope our county officials recognize this danger and will work to get the posts changed before a potentially life-threatening accident occurs.
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