Along with a lot of other people, E. Duane Howard was out on the Roanoke River Greenway this past Sunday The weather, frighteningly warm for any January Sunday, was the only pleasant thing about it.
He walked from Franklin Road to Wasena Park and back. The asphalt pathway was jammed with people of all ages.
“It was the most crowded I’ve ever seen it,” Howard wrote on my blog Monday. “Almost to the point of being dangerous, no not almost — it was dangerous. Couldn’t count the near misses of either myself of my dog nearly getting hit by a bicyclist.”
It’s a pity he wasn’t on the gorgeous greenway stretch in Salem I rode on my bike on that same day. You may not be aware of that because it gets much less attention. There were people on it, but it wasn’t crowded.
Our neighboring city opened its first short stretch of the Roanoke River Greenway in 2001.
Right now, it’s putting the finishing touches on a third leg of the project. Soon it’ll have a 3.4-mile-stretch of path along the riverside, uninterrupted except for a single street crossing.
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