August 18, 2014 5:13 pm
Updated: August 18, 2014 8:23 pm

Lack of warning about blocked pathway irks trail users

CALGARY- One of the most popular bike routes in Calgary has been blocked off, much to the surprise of cyclists and other pathway users.

“There was some flood remediation work done by our utility company in the area,” explains Duane Sutherland from the City of Calgary. “The moving in and out of materials down to the pedestrian bridge caused a little bit of damage to our pathway system.”

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As a result, the Weaslehead trail around the Glenmore Reservoir will be closed until the end of the month. However, there are no signs put up in the parking lots to warn trail users about the closure, meaning many of them were forced to turn back about 10 kilometres.

“Our car is very far away and we had to turn around,” complains Jacquie Mecklenborg. “It would’ve been nice to know.”

She was one of a crowd of people who gathered at the bridge over the Elbow on Monday, only to be blocked by construction workers.

“That would be great if they let us know a couple of days ago,” adds Francis Cloutier. “It wouldn’t be hard to put up a sign.”

The pathway should reopen by September.

With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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