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Old 02-13-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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I sure hope the cyclists don't take over the Beltline to the exclusion of others. There have been too many people hurt by cyclists on walking and hiking trails.

This is what it's like to ride a bike on the Beltline's Eastside Trail on the weekend (Update) | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:43 PM
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I sure hope the cyclists don't take over the Beltline to the exclusion of others. There have been too many people hurt by cyclists on walking and hiking trails.

This is what it's like to ride a bike on the Beltline's Eastside Trail on the weekend (Update) | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta
I agree. I also hope places like Parish Restaurant will not be allowed to get away with the crap they pulled on this video (watch at 1 minute 30 seconds.) Their drunken patrons totally blocked the Beltline and screamed at people passing by (people who were using the Beltline as it was intended), and the restaurant set up porta-potties right on the edge of the path. Parish should be penalized in some way for that, and for allowing their patrons to drink alcohol on the pathway, which is not allowed.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I sure hope the cyclists don't take over the Beltline to the exclusion of others. There have been too many people hurt by cyclists on walking and hiking trails.

This is what it's like to ride a bike on the Beltline's Eastside Trail on the weekend (Update) | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta
The cyclist need to slow down and not treat the trail as a speedway during busy times. Early mornings with low use, they can go as fast as their spandex wearing heart wants.
Also, pedestrians do not need to take up the whole path either. Walk 2 abreast, if a group wants to stop and chat, please exit the path and use the grass along the trail.
Parents need to watch their kids and make sure they follow the rules too!
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I agree. I also hope places like Parish Restaurant will not be allowed to get away with the crap they pulled on this video (watch at 1 minute 30 seconds.) Their drunken patrons totally blocked the Beltline and screamed at people passing by (people who were using the Beltline as it was intended), and the restaurant set up porta-potties right on the edge of the path. Parish should be penalized in some way for that, and for allowing their patrons to drink alcohol on the pathway, which is not allowed.
Terrible display of drunkness in public. Those people should be ashamed of themselves and not treat a transportation route like their own personal entertainment.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Grant Park
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The cyclist need to slow down and not treat the trail as a speedway during busy times.
Amen.

Cyclists are getting lots of love right now in the city via grants, projects, etc. Being a bunch of a-holes about the BL won't help their cause. This Atlantan wants to tell some of them to go pound sand after reading some of the comments on various blogs.

My wife and I ran the BL for the first time that same morning ~7:30. It wasn't nearly as crowded as in the video, but, crowded, nonetheless. I'm not sure I'll ever use it again for exercise - there's plenty of concrete in the city to run without dealing with the crowds. Cyclists probably need to do the same if pedestrians are a problem for them.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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I think the real solution here is we need to expand the trail. Spread the crowds out over the 22 mile path vs the current ~2 miles should help all involved
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Amen.

Cyclists are getting lots of love right now in the city via grants, projects, etc. Being a bunch of a-holes about the BL won't help their cause. This Atlantan wants to tell some of them to go pound sand after reading some of the comments on various blogs.

My wife and I ran the BL for the first time that same morning ~7:30. It wasn't nearly as crowded as in the video, but, crowded, nonetheless. I'm not sure I'll ever use it again for exercise - there's plenty of concrete in the city to run without dealing with the crowds. Cyclists probably need to do the same if pedestrians are a problem for them.
I have no respect for cyclist that don't ride on streets and only use seperated trails. Be a man and ride in mixed traffic. Bikes do not belong on sidewalks, but if cyclist are going to use mixed-use trails, then slow down and respect pedestrians right to be there.
PS. I ride a bike, in mixed traffic, to commute to work.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Grant Park
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I think the real solution here is we need to expand the trail. Spread the crowds out over the 22 mile path vs the current ~2 miles should help all involved
ABI has an open invitation to proceed on down to SE Atlanta anytime they'd like. We don't even need concrete. Just send LaFarge/Argos on their way and rip up the tracks. We're a gritty bunch - we don't mind walking on dirt.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Inman Park
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I agree. I also hope places like Parish Restaurant will not be allowed to get away with the crap they pulled on this video (watch at 1 minute 30 seconds.) Their drunken patrons totally blocked the Beltline and screamed at people passing by (people who were using the Beltline as it was intended), and the restaurant set up porta-potties right on the edge of the path. Parish should be penalized in some way for that, and for allowing their patrons to drink alcohol on the pathway, which is not allowed.
This is going to be a problem near PCM once they get that attached area renovated. There is going to be 2000+ (?) residents, and 2000 (?) office workers at that place daily, and I'm sure some bar/restaurant will take advantage of that spot...
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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ABI has an open invitation to proceed on down to SE Atlanta anytime they'd like. We don't even need concrete. Just send LaFarge/Argos on their way and rip up the tracks. We're a gritty bunch - we don't mind walking on dirt.
Agreed!
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: ATL
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Minneapolis' Midtown Greenway: Good for Biz, Good for Bikes. on Vimeo

Minneapolis's Greenway trail is similar to the Beltline as it was built in an old rail corridor. But they have designated bike and pedestrian lanes. Beltline officials should take note as it looks like Minneapolis got it right.

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