- July 28th, 2014
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Visibility at trail-road intersections is an important issue on the Silver Comet Trail. Cars need to see cyclists and of course, the cyclists need to see cars at trail-road intersections. Paulding County has several intersections that require regular trimming. I’ve been doing this for the last three years. The effects of trimming shrubbery and trees can have a dramatic effect on visibility and safety at road crossings.
Note: click images for larger view.
Eisley-Stamper Road: view North
Only 30-40 ft from the intersection and the north view of the road is completely obscured by the shrubbery.
Cyclists have a clear view of the road to the North. This allows them to focus their attention on the more hazardous south view which has an adjacent cross-street (Rosedale Rd) with turning traffic. No, my truck wasn’t moved between photos; before, it was completely hidden from view.
Wyandotte Road: view South
Was a major problem for visibility of vehicles. Ground cover had grown to a height which completely hid the view of approaching vehicles.
Before: The road is completely obscured from view.
After trimming: A dramatic improvement, the road is clearly visible.
After trimming: view approaching intersection.
Now, after trimming, the south road is completely visible to approaching cyclists.
Both access roads into the Paulding Waste Water Treatment Plant were also trimmed.