Westgate Bike Trail Comes with Confusion

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Three days out of the week John Clay takes a leisurely ride on Westgate's bike trail.

It’s no surprise to him the number of people who take the wrong path. "I have seen two or three today going the wrong way," he says.

And he's not the only one.

Matt Ragan takes the dirt path for his runs. However, he's noticed not everyone does the same.

"I just saw one actually. I thought well maybe she just likes the asphalt, but I try to stay off of them because I don't want to get run up on, it's not safe," Ragan says.

Since the opening of the bike trail, the number of visitors has tripled.

Added people could pose more potential mishaps on the paths.

Dothan Leisure Services, Asst. Director Kim Meeker says, “Because we have so many more people, actually we're having a few more instances where people are walking on the bike trail and I think I have heard of some people biking on the walking trail."

Meeker says designated signs are on the trails, pointing people in the right direction.

But many times they are overlooked.

To help with that problem, additional signs are painted on the trail.

Bicyclists’ like Clay hope all signs around the trail will help him and others keep a safe stride.

"You just have to be careful, watch for everybody,” Clay says. “I have seen people walking on the pavement too; you know they're supposed to be walking on the dirt."

Meeker says bike patrols are also on the trails, teaching riders and runners the correct path to take.

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