The Town of Duck is doing at least one thing right. Well, more than one thing, but in this case what we’re referring to is the multi-use trail that is almost completed. According to what they posted a few days ago, it should be finished by late next week.
Here’s why it’s such a good thing.
What the designers of the trail have done is separate bicyclists from walkers and joggers.
Walkers and joggers get to use what is a traditional multi-use trail—really a sidewalk,. Between that sidewalk and the road, is about a 4’ strip for bikes. The paths are on both sides of the road, so there is no oncoming traffic for bicyclists to worry about making that width plenty wide enough.
The path is 6 miles long, beginning on the north end at Barrier Island Station and ending just past Aqua Spa.
Right now there is just a dirt strip separating the sidewalk from the bike path. Part of completing the project, according to the Town of Duck website, is planting vegetation to clearly separate the two.
If there is any way other towns could create something similar, it would be great if they could do it.
For bike riders, this means not having to worry about walkers and joggers either not moving out of the way or not even knowing you’re there.
Walkers and runners, this is great. It’s a bit disconcerting, maybe even a bit scary, when a bike comes up seemingly out of no where, with the rider trying to alert you that they are behind you.
Obviously, families that have small children riding bikes will continue to use the sidewalk, but for bike riders teenage years and up, this new design should prove to be a winner.
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