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Ann Darling: Bike path not the right place for pedal bus

  • The city of Easthampton has asked Pedal N’ Party, which offers visitors a new way to cruise through the city and visit local breweries, to stop using the rail trail. FILE PHOTO

Published: 6/20/2019 9:00:25 PM
Modified: 6/20/2019 9:00:15 PM

I encountered a pedal bus while riding my bike on the Manhan Rail Trail earlier this month, and then I read the story about it with interest in the Gazette two days later.

Personally, I don’t think these vehicles belong on the rail trail. They do not fit on one side of the bike path, as the business owner claims.

They take up two-thirds to three-fourths of the bike path and are hard to see around. The driver I encountered gave absolutely no acknowledgment of my presence, nor did I see any mirrors that would have given him visibility to the rear.

Not knowing if he saw me, and concerned that he might swerve out from the far side of the path he was driving on, I was very reluctant to pass in the narrow space left for me. If there had been people on that side of the vehicle, there would have been even less room for me to pass.

In addition, it was very loud and not what I want to hear when I’m on the bike path. I assume that was the pedal assist. I can see that this is a fun way to tour the city and can bring new people to Easthampton, which is a good thing I guess.

I do think those purposes could be accomplished without going on the bike path. It’s just not what that narrow and lovely place was meant for.

Ann Darling


Editor’s note: The city of Easthampton this week ordered the business, Pedal N’ Party, to stop using the rail trail.

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