How timely that your editorial this morning is about walking and cycling in our fair city.
The Rivers Trail is quite popular and has gained in popularity during the pandemic. There has been an increase in the amount of foot traffic and the number of cyclists using the path between Westmount Elementary School and Westmount Park.
A couple of years ago, a yellow line was painted more or less up the middle of the paved portion of the trail and arrows were added to mark the direction of travel when using the trail.
I took some photos this morning while I walked our dog to the school and back. With the overgrowth of bushes and weeds, especially along the side where the North Thompson River flows by, it has become hazardous to use the shared pathway.
Not only is there not enough room for a person, let alone a person with a dog, to walk along the one side of the pathway, but also the visibility has been greatly reduced to see if any cyclists are heading towards you. It makes one question if there has been due diligence for maintenance or any risk assessment done on this section of the Rivers Trail.