To Pave, Or Not To Pave
Opponents said paving the trail would not only increase the likelihood of injuries, but it would also increase fast bike activity which could be dangerous for runners and walkers. While many people like the trail's soft surface, there has been a lot of success in other cities with paved trails.
"Forest Park is right in the middle of St. Louis. It's the premier park in St. Louis, and it's got about a six mile loop around it on the outside edge," PedNet project manager Ted Curtis said.
The PedNet committee said it is still deciding whether it's a good idea to pave the trail, and it is encouraging public involvement.
"There's going to be a public process we are going to have public meetings so people can get together and look at some of the ideas. It's a dialogue and this is the beginning of a dialogue. And I think that what I ask people to do is at least listen to both sides," Curtis said.
The MU Cross Country team and other community members are petitioning and participating in blogs, hoping PedNet money will be used for other projects. The PedNet committee said it would be difficult to pave the MKT Trail.
Reported by: Shannon Hogan