Fredericton woman calls on city to install walking trail lighting after ‘scary’ encounter

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WATCH ABOVE: A young woman in Fredericton is looking shed light on a serious problem after a frightening encounter in one of the darker areas of the city’s trail system. Global’s Jeremy Keefe reports – Jul 22, 2016

A frightening encounter has a Fredericton woman asking the city to review its trail system and the lack of lighting in some areas.

Claire Logan and her two friends had just passed over the walking bridge into the city’s south side on Wednesday night when they heard someone yelling in a threatening voice.

“We looked back and could see a figure coming at us on a bike,” Logan said. “It was really scary, a very intimidating voice so we started to run.”

While the bridge is fully lit the area just past it is not, and Logan says the darkness added to their feeling unsafe.

“We were really scared and realized there should probably be lights on the path,” she said.

“Once you’re in the trees it gets so you can’t see anything really,” Logan explained.

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Once they arrived in a better lighted area the three realized they were being chased by a teenager playing a prank and although he continued to harass them they were able to convince him to leave them alone.

“He just kept on talking to us and making fun of how scared we were which obviously we were,” she said.

“We thought we were in danger and then eventually we threatened to call the police and he left.”

Logan didn’t end up calling the authorities but a post on social media got their attention.

Shortly after her message was posted, Fredericton police tweeted at Logan to advise lines are open 24 hours a day and that no threatening situation should go unreported.

Since the incident, the City of Fredericton has said they are thankful the situation turned out the way it did and that no one was hurt.

They also indicated the city’s 88-kilometre trail and bike ways master plan, which guides development, recommends against lighting it entirely.

“In areas where you do light trails that are not normally lit you can attract criminal activity,” said city spokesperson Wayne Knorr.

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“It seems almost counter intuitive, you’ve got these areas where people don’t usually go in the evening or night. If you start lighting trails and people start congregating there you can unfortunately attract a criminal element.”

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