~Submitted by Adrienne Kimmell
A few weekends ago, I switched things up a bit. I walked my dog on the Minuteman Trail. It was a stark contrast to my usual daily walk on the Reformatory Trail here in Bedford. With the yellow line painted down the middle, I felt like I was walking down a street. Then add in the signs – signs to remind bikers to look behind them when they pass people. Big metal signs in the backyards of houses asking people not to trespass and reminding them that their yards are private property and not public parks. I had to hold my dog so close to me for fear a biker would whiz by and accidentally get caught up in his leash. Needless to say, this was not a relaxing walk.
On most days, I’m on the trail with my dog – if you saw someone with the cutest dog ever, that’s me! It’s quiet and calm. It’s peaceful and safe. And even on days when people are taking advantage of beautiful weather, I’m never nervous that my dog or I will get hurt by someone speeding past. On some evenings, my kids and I are out there on the trail on our bikes. But I’m not worried that it’s three people on bikes like little ducklings. In fact, I usually get nice remarks from people who remember when their kids were younger and a bit nervous how to navigate other pedestrians or riders.
Our family moved to Bedford in part because of its quiet and the access to nature. Having a small highway running through the woods feels like the antithesis of that. One could say, it’s like paving paradise to put up a parking lot. I encourage you to vote to preserve our beautiful and safe Reformatory Trail on November 14th and November 15th, in case voting is extended.