Path's future worries some

Path's future worries some

There are 8 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jul 12, 2010, titled Path's future worries some. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A new mile-long, $2 million bike path is nearing the final design stages, but it, and possible future additions, have some residents worried.

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Elizabetsy

Easthampton, MA

#1 Jul 12, 2010
I would think that proximity to a bike path would increase property values. I wish we would get one going in West Stockbridge, right past my house would be even better. I certainly would prefer bikes passing than cars going 10 to 15 miles over the speed limit. Bikes aren't a special interest group. People who use bikes for transportation reiieve the whole community of pollution and noise. I also see a lot more litter thrown from cars than from bikes.
Dan from lenox

Pittsfield, MA

#3 Jul 12, 2010
Could not have said it better myself. Elizabetsy is spot on!
Works in Lenox

Berne, NY

#4 Jul 12, 2010
It works in Lenox because you won't have the criminals using the path. Here in Pittsfield, the path where they want to extend the bike trail through is heavily used by criminals. People who live along the path are much more likely to have a B&E, for example. If it is paved, i guess it would make their nighttime job easier. What a crappy town this is.
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#5 Jul 12, 2010
All of these bike paths may seem nice, now. But the millions being spent, just because a rail line or whatever path is available just MIGHT, in the long run, prove to be an erstwhile expensive project.

If the state and towns were swimming in money I would be less reticent. There is just something about the almost craze of bike paths that seems so reminiscent of sending out for more fiddle strings while the city burns.

Or, maybe, it's just that I don't have a bike.
War Zone

Chesterfield, MO

#6 Jul 12, 2010
$ 2.0 Mil for a two mile long by ten foot wide path. That works out to about $ 19.00 per square foot. I can get a granite kitchen floor for less. I like the idea of a walkable community, but Sheeeesh?? At what price?
Government project

Berne, NY

#7 Jul 12, 2010
War Zone wrote:
$ 2.0 Mil for a two mile long by ten foot wide path. That works out to about $ 19.00 per square foot. I can get a granite kitchen floor for less. I like the idea of a walkable community, but Sheeeesh?? At what price?
It's a government project. What do you expect? Right off the top, half a million is to pay the cops to stand around and watch traffic at $75/hr. I can't say they will direct traffic, because they rarely do. Then the politicians have to extract their graft. Meanwhile, the people they buy the materials from are all connected and charging top dollar. Finally, the guys who actually do the work have to get their piece of the pie. There you have it, a $200,000 project Massachusetts style.
hard dude

Easthampton, MA

#8 Jul 12, 2010
There you have it, a $200,000 project Massachusetts style."..........

and people complain about a welfare state.
Michael Casteel

Littleton, CO

#9 Jul 12, 2010
TWO MILLION DOLLARS FOR A FRIGGIN" BIKE PATH??? One mile of bike path? No wonder this country is going broke. You know what we called bike paths when I was a kid? Sidewalks. Miraculously, I and my generation were able to ride our bikes from one end of Berkshire County to the other without the aid of a single bike path.

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