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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Woodside: Cyclists, equestrians agree on planning for park trails Woodside: Cyclists, equestrians agree on planning for park trails (July 20, 2005)

By Andrea Gemmet

Almanac Staff Writer

Now that equestrians and bicyclists in Woodside have come together in a common cause -- the future of trail use at Huddart and Wunderlich parks -- can peace in the Middle East be far behind?

"It's not very often that the Trails and Bicycle committees get together, and it's even rarer that they get together and agree on anything," said Millo Fenzi of the Woodside Bicycle Committee.

At a recent council meeting, the committees presented joint recommendations on the trails portion of San Mateo County's draft master plan for Huddart and Wunderlich parks in Woodside. The plan is a guide to development, from wildfire suppression to new trails and facilities.

Both committees oppose the plan's designation of new trails as multi-use -- for both bicyclists and horseback riders. (Currently, bicycles are not allowed on county park trails, although they are allowed on Huddart Park's paved roads.)

The committees agree that bicycles and horses shouldn't mix, as horses tend to get spooked by bikes, sometimes injuring riders.

They'd both like to see separate trails built for mountain bikers, and a crackdown on renegade bicyclists who illegally ride on park trails.

They both advocate the building of a new paved route for bicycles through Huddart Park to Skyline Boulevard, allowing bicyclists to avoid the two narrow, winding roads they currently use: Kings Mountain and Highway 84.

The committees oppose plans to close some trail entrances and creek crossings.

Presenting a unified stance strengthens Woodside's position, Town Council members said at the June 14 meeting.

Beyond trail issues, Town Council members said they would closely watch other aspects of the master plan that may impact the town.

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