I love this beautiful valley. I have lived here for only 22 years, so I am not last man in or a local, but I certainly am committed to this valley. I am the mother of a 7-year-old and triplets who are almost 5. I run two businesses. As you can see, I am very committed to this valley.
The National Parks Conservation Association deserves considerable credit for its important vision and commitment to our parks. However, to say that a bike path would be detrimental to our wildlife is so shortsighted. The commitment to our wildlife would be better served with less car traffic and smog and fewer “lookie loos” bumping into them. Promote less smog for our valley. Visitors gawking with motors idling and residents frustrated, dangerously passing, all the while not paying attention to another of our valleys greatest assets, our children.
What better way to get to Moose than by biking along the scenic Moose-Wilson Road? Teaching our children there are other ways to travel and enjoy our valley. As Mr. Welch said, “Get people out from behind the windshields, reduce traffic, walk or have the ability to use a wheelchair…” How grand!
My husband frequently takes the children on their bikes, Burleys and tag-a-longs all over this valley and along this stretch of road. You would like to trust that our motorists would be paying attention. What a traumatic event to live with as a mother or as a motorist who kills someone. I wouldn’t want that legacy for anyone. Pathways are truly a gift I believe Laurance Rockefeller would have wholeheartedly supported.