Monterey Aims To Make Recreation Trail Safer

By restricting car traffic. What about the assaults and robberies that always happen on the trail at night? Watch out for cars in the daytime yes, but don’t go there at night.

Bicyclists, runners, walkers and skaters traversing the Monterey Recreation Trail along the waterfront run a gantlet of cross traffic that threatens accidents.

Hopefully that will change as the city of Monterey refines its traffic, waterfront and downtown plans, said city traffic engineer Rich Deal.

“I would love to get comments on any of the trail aspects and the waterfront area,” Deal said, adding that the citywide transportation study is aimed at making the downtown area more accessible and friendly to bicycle traffic.

“I want it to be really safe and fun,” he said. “A good chunk of the visitors we have love to ride bikes and walk along the rec trail.” Drawing some traffic downtown, Deal said, would result in “an increase in activity without having to find places to park cars.”.

Monterey Aims To Make Recreation Trail Safer