Indian Crossing Trails Park should be off limits to mountain biking

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Consideration is being given to a proposal that would allow the sport of mountain biking in a portion of Indian Crossing Trails Park located near the Standish Dam off Burt Street.

The park currently has posted signs prohibiting biking at both entrances to the trails — one at Standish Dam and the other at the Globe Mill Dam near the Community Center.

We understand the lure of the park to enthusiasts of mountain biking. The terrain offers slopes and curves that challenge bikers who seek such conditions for recreation.

The problem of opening the park, or at least a portion of it, to the sport of mountain biking is one of safety. Those who walk or hike in the park shouldn’t have to worry about being struck and injured by an oncoming bicycle.

For many, the park is also a sacred area with the former Indian dancing grounds, a focus of walking tours organized twice a year by the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department.

The city should preserve Indian Crossing Trails Park by maintaining and encouraging its use for recreation, but not for activities that interfere and potentially endanger the public.

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