greenhorn1 wrote:How about use the $5 fee charged to hire someone to staff the parking lot on weekends and turn away cars if the lot fills up? They can check for the green cards, watch the road nearby, and tell people they can't park there. As for the uphill right aways and passing - how about a sign or verbal notice by staff upon entry? Most will comply if they know the rules.
Ugh... might be more fun to go hiking downtown with that level of "management" participation.
As to the issue of the rights of upward bound hikers/bikers, the right of way issues on hiking/biking trails make me laugh. I've seen these arguments on the forums before, heard talk of them when it comes to open space planning, and I've observed expensive signs telling people what to do (in case we were really all that worried about it).
But, really, who cares? And, if they do care so much, then WHY do they care so much? With all of the recent talk of trail right-of-ways, maybe we ought to take a hiking test before we can hike in public? We could start with an "instructional permit" system, whereby hikers would be required to hike with a licensed hiker before being able to hike on their own
In all seriousness, we aren't talking about a crowded interstate highway during rush hour. If two adults can't figure out how to politely pass each other on an otherwise open trail through the mountains, then I really fear that our society is finally doomed for good!
The funny part is, the polite thing to do often isn't even the "legal" thing to do. By way of example: we've probably all seen the classic triangular shaped trail yield signs: Pedestrians yield to horses, bikes yield to everyone, and those on horses pretty much get to do as they please. However, as an occasional mountain biker who spends the VAST majority of my time hiking, I'll say that the polite thing to do in many situations is step aside for a mountain bike to let them pass. Similarly, some equestrian types have also waived me by when we've found ourselves in situations where it was easier for them to step aside.
I personally make it a habit to get out of the way of bikes, whether they are climbing past me, or simply descending more rapidly than I could ever hope to do on foot. It takes me very little time or effort to get out of their way, and they can then continue on their journey without having to stop and dismount. Of course, I could pump my chest out and demand that they yield to my foot-based superiority, but what would that really accomplish for either of us? The rule itself is logical, since we don't want hikers mowed down by self-righteous bikers who were granted the power of the all-mighty right-of-way, but the reality of the situation is that it is often far easier for a hiker to yield.
Thus, in a very long-winded and opinionated way, I've just brought myself to the point of asking: CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
(and, Greenhorn1, none of this post was directed at you personally).