This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Environment & the MUP


     The other day I had a rather disturbing bit of information given me by a friend.  During the development of an MUP (Multi-Use Path)  it was decided by somebody to cut a path directly through a biological preserve and lay down asphalt to make that part of an interconnected pathway system being developed  here in West Michigan. I was shocked to find out that the Michigan Trailway and Greenway Alliance was behind the project and procuring funding.  I really think that is going too far. While the project is part of an overall plan to  develop an interconnected network of trailways in western michigan which I support, this looses sight of the overall mission.   While using otherwise unused land such as riverbeds, abandoned railbeds and right of way for high tension power lines and developing those areas into linear parks is a very desirable environmental contribution, to cut a path through an established preserve is harmful and unnecessary.

Hall Lake

There are plenty of ways to plan a route around or near the preserve, providing exposure to it and access to the existing walking trails without disturbing the environment more.   Having an additional influx of people directly into the area will do nothing but damage to the existing plant and animal life.
     I think that the zeal some people have for this work has overpowered their reason.  The world is not a zoo and the trailway system is not a Disney ride through civilization.  To take otherwise unused land and develop it into something attractive and useful is one thing, to use an existing preserve as if it's an ornament on the branch of their tree is entirely wrong.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic comment, and I'm 200% in agreement. Well said Marc. Certainly the world will benefit from more MUPs. BUT, leave those already undisturbed areas for walkers (of all species) only. There's already so much paving in the world, I'm not sure the biking interest should push more of it. That said, already established through-ways no longer in use (think old, unused railways) could become great new paved paths. And, many have become just that, with many more in planning stage.