I frequently bike to town on the Animas River Trail, and theres an irksome problem with the Junction Creek bridge. The metal at the north end is loose; when one rides over it, the metal makes a loud noise. Sometimes Ill yank up the front end of my bike before going over so as to not be too loud. However, this morning, I didnt, and the loud noise scared the bejeebers out of a woman walking her dog in front of me. Im wondering how easily or inexpensively this problem can be fixed. I Dont Like to Scare People
A noise-making bridge isnt all bad. For example, if we had clanging metal plates all along the trail, bikes wouldnt need handlebar bells.
In addition, riders wouldnt have to say, on your left, a phrase that, inexplicably, prompts many pedestrians to turn in the very direction they were warned not to go.
But thats another matter.
The noisy metal thing is a covering for the bridges expansion joint, said Kevin Hall, development manager for the citys Parks, Open Space and Trails Division.
Over the years, the plate has loosened. When riders go over it, or when pedestrians step on it, the plate smacks against the metal expansion joint.
Well take a look at it and see of its something we can tighten or repair, Hall said.
Wow. This is remarkable.
Its not that the city vows a speedy fix to an irksome problem.
Its the fact that a Durango bicyclist actually respects pedestrians and cares about their well-being and camaraderie.
This could be the start of something big.
So, fellow pedestrians, lets not walk three abreast on the trail, forcing bikes to make evasive maneuvers.
Dog walkers, keep the pooch on a leash and pick up the waste.
And bikers, use your friendly bell and slow down.
May civility continue to prevail on the Animas River Trail.
In a recent Police Blotter (listing) for Bayfield, there was an item stating there was a firearm discharged within city limits at Timber and Berry. Huh? Timber and Berry are in Forest Lakes. Have the city limits of Bayfield expanded? Or has Durango suddenly decided to move east? Inquiring minds want to know. Doug Savage
Actually, what inquiring minds want to know is why someone is shooting a gun in Forest Lakes.
But because you asked about a possible expansionist policy, well focus on annexation rather than armaments.
A timely call to the Forest Lakes Metropolitan District set the record straight.
Nope. I can say without any doubt there has been no annexation of any kind, said the nice person there who answered the phone and preferred to remain nameless.
We can all sleep better that there is no city limits in Forest Lakes. Its not a city and is not in the process of becoming one.
And, based on the Blotter, it appears that Forest Lakes has the capacity to repel conquerors, land grabbers and imperialists.
Nefarious neocolonialists, take note: Dont mess with Forest Lakes.
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The Mea Culpa Mailbag features a wry communication from Ron LeBlanc, Durango city manager.
Regarding last weeks column about the Plymouth Drive road sign that was spelled Plymoth, he writes:
Dear Action Line, Plywood is wood in layers. Plymoth refers to several layers of moths or other insects that layer ones windshield.
He adds, Plymouth is a well-known British brand of gin. Perhaps you should be getting acquainted with it only until after you finish writing your column.
Ron concludes: We remain committed to the Plymoth spelling because that is what we intended in the first place.
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