Wednesday, June 20, 2012


What meets walkers on Shoal Harbour Drive

Sadly, I don’t get to see this town from the perspective of a walker as much as I should.  I don’t think I’m alone either, considering the volume of cars that we see on our streets these days.   Yesterday I had the opportunity to walk from work at the College, up the Wellness hiking trail, up the new sidewalk on Manitoba Drive, and up the side of Shoal Harbour Drive towards home.
The first part of the journey was great.  We have some beautiful trails through town that make you feel as if you are deep in the woods.  I saw one person.  If you get the chance, take the opportunity to explore the Clarenville trail system – I am sure you will enjoy it.

I emerged from the trail at Gladney Street and crossed Manitoba Drive at the lights to pick up the new sidewalk.  I was great to be able to walk up there on a nice day.  Our town is bustling!  Again, if you get the chance, use the town’s growing network of sidewalks.

Finally, the sidewalk came to an end and I was forced to literally pick my way up the side of Shoal Harbour Drive.  It too is a busy street and it is getting built up quickly. 

BUT the lack of a sidewalk or even the lack of a crushed stone path on one side, makes Shoal Harbour Drive a dangerous spot for walkers.   We see sidewalks installed in new subdivisions straight away, but commercial areas do not have the same requirement – I find that really odd!  I’ve seen many people stumbling their way up the side of Shoal Harbour Drive; I’ve even seen some brave, but silly souls, walking up the roadway - either way it is dangerous.   

My message is we need sidewalks on Shoal Harbour Drive soon – and in the interim, developers and the Town need to make frontages safe for walkers by removing obstacles and adding a strip of crushed stone. 

Clarenville is a great place to walk – let’s just make it safer for walkers.        

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