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    The cape cod rail trails are clearly designed by landscapers, and not people that understand traffic safety.  In particular, look at the eastern terminus of the trail.  To keep motor vehicles off, they have put a stone wall to either side, and a steel pin in the center of the trail, leaving two openings of at most 3'.   Plantings of trees leave the last 100' of the path in deep shadow, making the pin harder to see.  Its a bit of a downhill at that point, and they don't have any warning signage to indicate the end of the trail is approaching.

     The steel pin while designed to be removable is padlocked in place.  However to make it possible to lift it out of the way, it has a pin thru the steel section, with the ends sticking out several inches.  They did have enough of a clue, that they are pointing down the trail (so they don't snag those that pass too close) but not enough of a clue to realize that should someone riding the trail happen to hit the post, the pin is perfectly placed to perforate.  

    Yes, people hit the pin.  One of the charity rides (pan mass challenge)that I lend my bike repair skills to, uses the trail as part of the route. The first year they included that particular stretch, that very pin (before they added the "handle")  claimed two riders (one evacuated by ambulance, the other wound up with a two piece bicycle).  I was there, my EMT partner called in the ambulance request, and I hauled away the hunks of carbon that used to be an expensive road bike.

    This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

    by rjnerd on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 04:20:37 PM PDT

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