~ Submitted by Mario Mendes
I’ve lived in Bedford for 20 years. That portion of the trail is the only part that I can ride a bicycle without feeling like I am doing it on a street that has been closed to traffic.
It feels good to ride in such a natural environment. The part of the trail that is already paved feels completely different, never mind having to deal with cyclists riding back and forth as fast as they can because they’re either practicing for an event or in a hurry during their commute. These cyclists don’t ride on the unpaved portion of the trail. At least that has been my experience in these 20 years I’ve cycled that portion of the trail.
It sounds different, it smell different, and it feels entirely different too. It is an entirely different experience altogether.
Sure, there are the other walking trails through the forests in town that can be used for cycling too. But those are not trails that take you to one place to another like the Reformatory Branch, which can take us directly from the Depot Park to the Great Meadows and further to East Concord’s center while you enjoy nature as nature is supposed to be.
I encourage you to vote no on Article 11 at the Town Meeting on Monday. For those who like to ride on paved ways, I ask that you too vote no and make use of the hundreds of miles of paved and scenic roads that already exist and are well maintained in Bedford.