After the recent blog entry about whether McKinleyville is bicycle friendly or not, I wondered whether folks are familiar with the Mid-Town Trail. If not, here’s a quick tour. The trail runs from Railroad Drive to Parkside Drive, located behind Mack High.
Here’s where it starts on Railroad Drive, roughly halfway between Central and McKinleyville avenues.
Here’s a sign at the trail entrance. Unless I’m mistaken, the trail was built entirely by developer Jim Furtado in conjunction with several subdivisions he built in the area. That means that no grants or tax dollars were required. Maintenance is paid for by residents of those subdivisions.
Here’s where the trail cross Bates Road. Not long ago the county installed “traffic calming devices” here. I’m told that Bates is still a drag strip.
Here’s the trail north of Bates. Graffiti and vandalism are a constant problem. I think that’s due, in part, to the design. With fences on both sides, McKinleyville’s population of feral teens can hang out in these areas and wreak havoc without being seen. Perhaps in the future such paths should be located adjacent to roadways. But, hey, that’s just my opinion. What do I know.
The trail pops out at Fernwood Drive. Then you take this section.
Here’s where the trail ends on Parkside Drive. There are footpaths that connect to the backside of Mack High. So what do you do if you’re on a bike and want to continue north?
Take Parkside to McKinleyville Avenue. Check out these nice bike lanes. Then take the bike lanes on Murray west.
You can hop on this new section of the Hammond Trail north of Murray Road. Those Hooven fellows did a nice job.