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Phase three of Marietta’s River Trail bike path opened

October 5, 2013

With the snip of a ribbon, Marietta’s River Trail officially grew by another mile Friday....

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Oct-08-13 11:53 PM

Stone cold , I think your elevator does not go all the way to the top floor, I am in marietta several times a year for extended stays plus I am a property owner , get it , I pay taxes here, so if I want to comment on a story or two a day, I will. I think you should complain less about who you think is worthy enough to post comments. I would say you are just a commenter , just like I am.

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Oct-08-13 11:43 AM

ExofDevola - You use them when you are in town, why didn't you say so earlier! That makes all the difference in the world.

Marietta does everything for TOURISTS/VISITORS and SCREW the residents!

Hope you enjoy you visit!

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Oct-07-13 4:06 PM

Stone cold I am not a full time Devola resident but I still own property there and I use the trails whenever I am in town. I do think they are an asset to our area. I would not ride with a child on the berm to route 60, and I hope a trail is built someday in my lifetime. Since I am a part time resident I read the paper often and I do express opinions which do not have to agree with yours.

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Oct-07-13 9:43 AM

asknot - perhaps we could build some Motorcycle paths so that riders of them don't have to be in traffic and get killed by cars cutting them off at intersections too!

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Oct-07-13 9:42 AM

exofDevola - you are just that - an EX of Devola. Please stop telling those that still live there what they need!

And you theory, "I think if there was such an outcry about it , it would never have been built" is shattered by the Armory project. It had all kinds of outcry against it, yet it is still being done, not finished and has no business plan.

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Oct-07-13 8:49 AM

Stonecold, the trail system is more about the process of traveling along the river and through natural surroundings, rather than going from point A to point B. It's the journey, not the end result.

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Oct-06-13 7:58 PM

Yes stone cold you can rude your bike walk and run anywhere ,but having trails is much easier because you do not have to stop for stop signs . Stop lights , or worry too much about cars. running biking and walking trails just not something that Marietta came up with There are trails like this in several towns and states. It makes Marietta a town that is into fitness and health and hugging by some of the portly people I see. They need every chance to get out and move. I don't know about the roads and sidewalks, I thought that was taken care of by another fund budgeted specifically for that. This trail is not brand new, it has been in construction for years. I think if there was such an outcry about it , it would never have been built. I think it is an asset to the area, and promotes heart healthy activity.

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Oct-06-13 2:21 PM

These trails are a waste of tax money when there are real needs that are going unfunded. Our roads and sidewalks are falling apart and we are spending MILLIONS on bike trails.

Anyone that lives in Devola that wants to ride into Marietta can do it now. There is a wide berm and a sidewalk that is hardy used that will take you anywhere you want to go.

The same can be said for the trail that already exists - it doesn't take you anywhere you couldn't have riden your bike to in the first place.

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Oct-06-13 12:57 PM

That was insult not infer,, click. I'm afraid it the word apparently that irritated me.So again, mea culpa.

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Oct-06-13 12:53 PM

Click I did not mean to input you or put words in your mouth. What I should have mentioned was that I was aware there were no plans for trail to be extended , I really have hopes someday it would be. I enjoyed being able to have grown up there and it seems like an extension of the trail there would be a good thing,as there are many bike riders and walkers who might feel safer riding on a trail away from that heavily traveled road. If I offended you , that was not the intent.

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Oct-06-13 11:04 AM

Another thing to consider is the Harmar Railroad Bridge. It either has to be a "walkway" or a bikeway. There is not enough room for both. I have encountered many bikers while walking across the bridge. Many expect you to turn sideway or lean over the railing to let them pass so they don’t have to dismount from their bikes. About 50% of the bikers do dismount and walk but other rude ones can cause an accident. I have been poked in the side more that once by handlebars of a bikers who thought “there was enough” room for both of us when passing.

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Oct-06-13 9:25 AM

The trail is a wonderful asset to Marietta. Mr. Broughton has done quite a bit to bring the trail as near to the river as possible without costing anyone anything, except for himself.

I wish more people knew about common courtesy expected on trails. If you're rapidly coming up behind someone to pass them, it's courteous to give a shout-out of "passing on the left" just as skiers do. Especially if there's more than one person, children, people with dogs, who you're passing. And likewise if you're walking the trail (or sidewalk for that matter) two or three abreast and come upon a person traveling the opposite direction, don't force them off the trail. Try being courteous enough to stay on your own side of the trail or sidewalk. I imagine the offenders don't read these comments, but I wanted to say it anyway.

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Oct-05-13 10:07 PM

exofDevola.....I wasn't insinuating you were not able to read. Just merely stating the fact that an article had appeared in Sept that it would not be a county project. You put more words into my post than I wrote. But that's perfectly ok to point fingers and put words in my mouth. Sure glad you know what I thinking.

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Oct-05-13 1:21 PM

Yes , click here, don't worry I can read, and I know the devola people now have other concerns now / ie drinking water than a bike trail. But someday it would be nice to have the trail extended to Devola. It is perfectly okay to wish and hope for a grant .

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Oct-05-13 12:11 PM

exofDevola:Apparently you need to read Sept 10 MT, "Crowd for Devola trail meeting" County Commissioner David White made it clear that, if the trail project moves ahead, it would not be a county project. "Our only involvement would be if and only if the trustees would ask the county engineer for assistance," he said. And Muskingum Township Trustee Carolyn Dempsey added that no township money would be expended on the project. "We have no extra money to put toward a bike path, so no one has to worry that any of our money would go to the trail," she said. "But if we can help to locate outside grant funding or in some other way, we would be willing to do so." Kalter said it's totally up to the Devola community if they want to pursue a trail project.

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Oct-05-13 9:04 AM

Yes , good news ,now send it the other way to Devola!

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Oct-05-13 4:15 AM

I would like to of attended this ceremony, must of missed seeing it mentioned in the MT. I will be talking a walk this weekend to spec it out.

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