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Viewpoint - April 5, 2006

Editorial: Bikers deserve a trail

The San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Department is in the middle of a nasty dispute pitting hikers and equestrians against bicyclists over the use of trails in Huddart Park, just up the hill from Woodside.

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Posted by Jim Sullivan, a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

Posting this 7 yrs after this article to follow up.
SMCo Parks formed a blue ribbon committee comprised of hikers,mt bikers and equestrians.
After over 30 mtngs and 4+ yrs time, SMCo Parks was folded into Public Works,the blue ribbon committee was disbanded,and not 1 inch of dirt trails have been opened for bicyclists to ride from Valley to Skyline above Woodside.

Now(10/1/13) SMCo Parks is being reconstituted as a stand alone entity , I hope to see some progress in allotting some(a) dirt trails that will allow bicyclist a non auto shared route up the hill.

Posted by parent, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

I agree with Jim. Our kids need more outdoor opportunities. Horses are for the elite only. Bicycles are relatively cheap and a great way for kids to get exercise and enjoy nature. Please open of our San Mateo County to bicycling, especially trails that do not require lengthy drives from residential areas. Thank you.

Posted by Horsey, a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I find it very frustrating when people write statements like "Horses are for the elite only." Wrong. Horses are for people who love horses and equestrian sports. I know many people who have horses or a horse and yet are not rich. I am firmly middle class and have a backyard horse. Some of the people who move to the rural Southcoast of SM County do so because they CAN have a backyard horse and access to trails.

I have a family member who is a public school teacher (hardly the 1%) who lives and breaths horses and riding. I have a friend who is a nurse (also hardly the 1%) whose hobby is horses and riding.

While I think that trails should be identified that are appropriate for bikes and trails that are appropriate for horses, every time I read someone state that horses are only for the rich, it completely turns me off of your argument...because you are making an ignorant, blanket statement that shows that you really have no clue about horse people. Obviously there are rich horse people (as there are also rich bicyclists) but horses are NOT just for the elite. Now that you understand that, try forming your argument differently.

Posted by jim sullivan, a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

I absolutely agree w you Horsey,
The stereotyping rhetoric from all trails users needs to be left behind.
Then ,perhaps, progress can begin-continue in a meaningful direction on where a dirt trail above Woodside that bicyclists can ride from town to Skyline and beyond could be engineered-built.
I prefer to see the(TIC) similarities between Equestrians+bicyclists:

We both go for rides,
We both sit on saddles,
We both love our steeds
We both generally wear goofy outfits,
We both listen to corny music,

How can we be so far apart on all the other stuff when we have so much in common?

Respectfully ,

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