So I go through Panther Hollow at least eight times a week, often more
Today I noticed a Mercedes Benz SUV followed by a Dodge (whatever those mediocre sedans are called) coming off the Panther Hollow Trail
At first I thought they might have had a legit reason for being on the trail, like maybe robot CMU people (They’ve been playing with robo lawn mowers for it seems the last half year on the soccer field over there)
After they went through I noticed they passed over a broken wooden bollard, and the grass had a bunch of tracks in it, to the point of being complete mud
I hadn’t noticed the broken bollard before, but I did see Brickmen (landscapers) there maybe a few weeks ago
Then on the South Oakland side of the trail I tried to shut the gate only to find out that it cannot be shut. It’s bent in the middle of the gate so the latch is about half an inch off and can’t close
Now I enjoy cars as much as the next year-round Bike-Pgh commuter, but I don’t want them on the .00000000001% of pavement that dedicated to non-motorized traffic.
On a more safety oriented note… I can envision somebody not seeing the car or the car not seeing a bike on the bendy part of the trail causing an accident. Or somebody’s dog not on a leash getting hit perhaps
kids play soccer on that field, wee little adoreable ones whose shinguards are the size of their entire legs. just point that out to the cops. kids chase balls that go out of bounds. kids chase dogs. cars vs. kids doesn’t go well.
if they drove to that point, stepping out, swearing at the damn hippies (or whoever) who tied up their access road, untieing (sp?) the rope, and getting back in is faster than navigating back up and on to the legal streets.
chain and padlock would last until a work crew got to it (probably an hour or two).
Although some gorilla-like efforts are understandable, remember that emergency and (hopefully) snow removal vehicles need to have access to the trails. A chain and lock could hold up responders when minutes are important.
Better to just throw stones at offending vehicals. I’d love to hear that 911 call – ‘I’m illegally driving on the trail and… oh nevermind.’
Yesterday I encountered a black SUV going east on the trail maybe 600 meters west of the casino at a pretty good clip. I closed a gate a bit further ahead, and they returned within a minute or two. I do not think they got out to move the gate because it was so quick.