Such a treat to meet this couple on the Mascoma River Greenway this morning. Their home has easy access to the trail and they walk the MRG almost every day. He can walk to work on the trail; it takes 15 minutes by car and 30 minutes walking by way of the MRG. He says he prefers walking because the trail is so beautiful. She starts a new job in January and will also walk the MRG to work. They are currently a 2-car family but are planning to get rid of one car since they find they don’t need two. They were both so enthusiastic about the trail!
This couple embodies what many of us hoped would actually happen – commuting by rail trail. (We also met a fellow on a bike who had just done his shopping at Price Chopper ; he was heading home with his grocery bags hanging from the handlebars. Love seeing the trail as a functional resource as well as recreational!)
Meeting this couple today on the Mascoma River Greenway confirmed for me that the dream has become a reality. Next step for all of us trail-lovers: urge our City Council to move forward with the work necessary to connect this section of the Greenway with the Northern Rail Trail at the CCB. And then consider a contribution to the Friends of Lebanon Recreation to add to the funds necessary for signage, benches and other “finishing touches” to the Greenway. What a fabulous resource this is to Lebanon residents and visitors alike.
Excellent suggestions Lorraine!