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Ryan Gulch walkway is more important than Swan Mountain

Regarding the recent article concerning the Ryan Gulch walkway: I would seem to me that our county commissioners should get their heads out from where they don’t belong and expend their efforts and our money where it will do the most public good.

If they have to justify spending the money to the biker special interests, I suggest they install a bike path along Ryan Gulch Road so that the many residents who may choose to “walk on a bike path” could do so.

Bikers riding on Swan Mountain Road do so at their option and convenience. The many people who live and walk along Ryan Gulch Road do so out of necessity. They live there. No one lives on Swan Mountain Road.

Commissioner Gary Lindstrom’s observation, “We build bike paths. We don’t build sidewalks,” is a sad commentary on his and the county’s priorities.

Is it more important for a few bikers, perhaps most of them not even county residents, to ride safely when many of our school children and residents are forced to walk along the edge of a roadway?

Most often these county roads in Dillon Valley, Summit Cove and many other of our county residential subdivisions don’t even have a shoulder for safety.

It would seem to me that a recreational bike path should take a lower priority to pedestrian safety issues, especially in a period of budget constraints and cutbacks.

I cannot think of a reason that our county money should even be considered for the installation of a Swan Mountain pathway.

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