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Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:33 pm

The group that has been working on the plan to legalize and manage the Manitou Incline will be holding a public meeting to present the alternatives that have been discussed to date. Show up if you're interested, want to know more, or want to make comments.
When: Thursday, October 21st, 7 pm.
Where: Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue
More info: http://manitousprings-co.gov/incline.asp
Draft proposal: http://manitousprings-co.gov/pdf/incline/Public_Workshop_2/DRAFT%20MI%20Stages%20Implementation_10.10.15.pdf
Gazette story with exaggerated usage estimates: http://www.gazette.com/articles/manitou-106377-incline-people.html
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby hollamby » Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:56 pm

Thanks for posting this.

Totally agree with you. They counted 23,562 in September, which is only ~280,000 a year at that rate. I don't understand where they are pulling 500,000.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby CO Native » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:02 am

I did enjoy that math as well. So are they assuming the summer months are the slow months and as we get into December and January that traffic increases?
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby CO Native » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:19 am

I read the document. Looks like a pretty good plan. The Barr trail parking lot sounds interesting with a credit card operated gate. Hopefully the fees aren't unreasonable. It would be nice to have the Barr Trailhead parking be usuable for those using the Barr Trail. It will be great to see some serious maintenance take place on the trail.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:07 am

They are essentially removing 100 parking spots from the Incline users (between the Barr lot and the spots on lower Ruxton that will be resident-only). I wonder, will the current users of those spots just disappear, or will they spill out onto Manitou Avenue?

The Barr lot proposal sounds interesting, but I wonder about the details. Where will they put the credit card reader, and how it will withstand winter weather, for example. The observation that 75% of the cars that enter the lot turn around is interesting - I've done that enough times that I usually just park on lower Ruxton without checking.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby hberry » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:18 am

Best comment on the article so far:

I am feeling safer and safer. A doctor and two 20 years olds growing 87 mj plants - busted. A guy dies by falling out of a police car and his daddy, who is on parole or something too, is now in custody. 12000 illegal aliens are voting. And now soon hikers will be arrested and we can all be safe.

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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:21 am

That's a "good" comment? It's currently illegal to hike the Incline (although with no enforcement), and this project will make it legal. The guy who made that comment is an ill-informed fool.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby hberry » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:30 am

Jim Davies wrote:That's a "good" comment? It's currently illegal to hike the Incline (although with no enforcement), and this project will make it legal. The guy who made that comment is an ill-informed fool.



I think the comment is funny - he's is inferring that there are many other things to worry about besides fining or arresting people who will be hiking after dark - at least that's how I perceive the comment to be written....

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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby CO Native » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:46 am

Jim Davies wrote: The observation that 75% of the cars that enter the lot turn around is interesting - I've done that enough times that I usually just park on lower Ruxton without checking.

Same here. I just prefer to start at the bottom of the Incline now as well. Easier parking and better experience. I don't think I've actually gone into the Barr Trailhead parking lot for the past year.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby CO Native » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:47 am

I'm also very interested in the alternative descent trail they are proposing to build. I think that would be great. That would greatly help reduce the traffic on Barr so those climbing Pikes Peak or headed to Barr camp don't have to deal with so much traffic for the first couple miles of their hike.
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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby Jelgan » Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:55 am

Bah, and I'm busy tomorrow night. Can someone post a summary of how the meeting goes here after its done?

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Re: Manitou Incline Alternatives Public Meeting 10/21

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:26 am

Bump because the meeting is tonight.
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