Making A Local Bike Path Safer

by Audry Kensicki on May 21, 2010 at 5:52 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is working to make more than just the streets safer.

Starting soon, the reserve force of the sheriff’s office will patrol the bike path between Dresden and Zanesville.

"We have all sorts of walks of life people from handicapped, to children, to elderly who use the trail, said Reserve Deputy Drake Prouty. "This is not only a sense of security, but we’re going to emphasize the stopping at the intersection, making sure they have their helmet on and all their protective gear and understanding the dangers of the trail."

The four-mile trail runs between Main Street south of Dresden and Rock Cut Road.

Director of the Muskingum Valley Parks District Bonnie Dailey says this is a good thing for the county.

"It just makes people feel safer," she said. "We’ve been really lucky that nothing has really happened, but the more progressive counties where they have a lot of bike traffic and miles of trails, they already have already done this."

The project was made possible with local grants.