~Submitted by Lori Reubenstein
I love the Reformatory Branch Trail. I ride on it frequently. As I was riding on it today with all of the autumn leaves obscuring the typical trail hazards (rocks, roots, ruts, etc) it occurred to me that I would not be enjoying my ride any less if the path were paved. After I passed all of the “No on 10” signs littering the sides of the trail, I noticed how narrow that section of path was and how closely I had to pass other bikers. I saw a jogger get whacked in the face by a weed as we passed each other. I felt uncomfortable having to run across Concord road through traffic.
I like to ride with friends. Several of my friends can’t ride the RBT, either because their skill level makes them uncomfortable with the conditions, or because they don’t have a properly equipped bike. People who frequent the train worry that it will become crowded. It all comes down to this. The RBT is a beautiful community resource. Do you want the whole community to be able to enjoy it, or do you want to keep it to yourself?