It was a couple of months ago when I was negotiating the the road crossing at the east entrance to the treatment plant. A commercial tank truck came out of the facility at around 20 MPH and never even slowed down to cross the the trail. A cyclist could have been seriously injured or killed by a negligent driver in this situation. This is a fast section of trail traveling east. Bamboo and shrub growth completely obscured the view on the north side of the trail and shrubbery obscured much of the view to the gate at the treatment plant.
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Bamboo growth before cutting. Also note the shrubbery on the opposite side which obscured the view of the plant entrance.
Bamboo obscuring view of the trail from the road.
The Echo pole mounted hedge shear did an incredible job of cutting the bamboo. Known for it’s toughness, the bamboo was no match for the echo shear. There was also dense patches of the vines, privet and other shrubbery. I used the pole shear to whittle this tangled mass down to debris. I needed the chain saw to remove thicker growth which obscured much of the view of the gate on the south side. I worked until I could no longer muster the strength to handle the equipment.
After much work, cutting the bamboo and tangled masses of growth… the trail is clearly visible from the road. It left quite a mess, but I have no means to remove the debris. However, there is now a clear view all the way to the treatment plant fence line. I trimmed shrubbery on the opposite side of road too, the effect was not nearly as dramatic because of the earthen berms adjacent to the trail. Speeds from this side of the trail aren’t as high either because the grade is slightly uphill.
After much cutting and trimming.
View of road from the trail.
Treatment plant entrance, viewed from trail.