Warren Schimizzi is an ardent bicyclist who lives in the Garden City area. He races, and he rides for pleasure and commuting. His wife Paula rides a lot, too.
But one of the places you’re less likely to see their spinning wheels is on the Roanoke River greenway, especially the stretch between Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Black Dog Salvage in the West End neighborhood.
It’s out of control, the Schimizzis told me after a bicycle-safety meeting Thursday night at the South Roanoke County library. It was convened by Roanoke County Supervisor Charlotte Moore.
What was once a nice path for people to both walk and ride on has become, at certain times and places, a not-so great place to do either. As its popularity grows and more people crowd onto it, the number of conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians is growing, too.
The etiquette issue was explicitly recognized at Thursday’s meeting by Roanoke Valley Greenways Coordinator Liz Belcher.
“I do understand we have a problem,” she said.
Those are numerous, and depend upon one’s perspective.
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