Advocate editorial board opinion: Recreational feature declared safe for residents

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 7, 2011 at 6:07 a.m.

The Lone Tree Hike and Bike Trail was deemed safe by Victoria's police chief at a Tuesday city council meeting.

And that's fine with us. We agree. Everything the city and police have done is reasonable in response to a reported rape there in November. Now, we think the trail will have the same level or a higher level of safety as other recreational places in Victoria.

The trail now has increased patrols - police on bicycles, on all terrain vehicles and police dog patrols - new signage and more on the way and work on clearing brush so long stretches of the trail are not hidden.

Also considered as added safety measures are emergency call boxes and surveillance cameras.

And like Riverside Park's 11 p.m. closing, the trail is being considered for such a closing, as well. This would enable police to question anyone on the trail after hours.

With all these elements of safety, we think the trail is safe. And we might add that a good way to really make it safe is for it to be used. The trail should visibly present a scene of great activity. One way to increase activity is to devise a trail master plan that would connect all trails and parks - this would increase the use of this recreational plus in our community.

We praise the city and the police department for their work to make the Lone Tree Hike and Bike Trail safer.

And we urge our residents to use it for recreation.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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