Please join me in voting to protect the Reformatory Branch Trail. There are many things I love about Bedford and the Reformatory Branch Trail is one of the top items on that list. Our family has walked and ridden the Minuteman and the Narrow-Gauge Rail Trails and both are great options in our town. But I think there’s something unique and special about the Reformatory Branch Trail and I’d hate to see it lose the character that it has today.
While I do have concerns about the increase we’d see in the speed of riders if it was paved, my vote to protect the trail is not out of fear for how it will change, but about love for the charm it has today. If the plan to pave it was just one link in a chain of paved trails to extend across the state I may feel differently, but that is not the plan in other towns. To just pave that this small section sacrifices so much. A vote to pave the trail would not only affect us now, but future generations too, and not something that can be undone. Over the years I have enjoyed countless hours on family bike rides, runs or pushing my sons in a stroller on this path. It is a place I have cherished and I hope you take the time to experience it for yourself. Please join me in voting to save the special trail that we are so fortunate to have in our town.