The Weekly Vista - - Opinion -

Trail Rights of Way

Trail rights of way — com­mon sense and ed­u­ca­tion in­form us to drive de­fen­sively. You might have the right of way but, to avoid an ac­ci­dent, you yield to the un­in­formed.

Un­for­tu­nately, a lack of ed­u­ca­tion seems to have be­come a real prob­lem with our new trail sys­tem. In this case, one hopes in­for­ma­tion might help. For de­tails, see IMBA.com rules of the trail.

The rules of the trail say that cars have the right of way over cy­clists and hik­ers when the lat­ter cross a road.

The rules of the trail also in­form us that hik­ers have the right of way over bik­ers. Bik­ers must yield not only to cars but also to hik­ers.

This rule keeps the trail as the trail. If bik­ers keep forc­ing hik­ers off the trail, it erodes our prop­erty, caus­ing dam­age to the area and in­creas­ing main­te­nance costs.

So if you’re bik­ing and a hiker is com­ing your way, please stop. Let the hiker walk past you on the same trail. If the biker comes up from be­hind to a hiker, stop, dis­mount and carry your bike past the hiker on the same trail. Then con­tinue your ride.

We all have a part in know­ing, obey­ing and en­forc­ing the rules. We all have a part in main­tain­ing the trails for all. Com­mon sense and ed­u­ca­tion help us all. Stephen L. McKee Bella Vista

A place to call home

I love my com­mu­nity. That com­mu­nity is Bella Vista. I had the plea­sure of run­ning for Bella Vista City Coun­cil this past year and it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The most im­por­tant in­ter­ac­tion I had was knock­ing on doors of res­i­dents and learn­ing what makes them happy liv­ing here, their con­cerns and what they see Bella Vista as in the fu­ture.

Even on So­cial Me­dia, I would have in­ter­ac­tions where res­i­dents didn’t agree with what I thought and most of the time, they would take the time and meet me in per­son; then the con­ver­sa­tion went way bet­ter than it did through a com­puter or phone screen.

From the start, res­i­dents don’t have to agree with me, but as long as we have re­spect for each other, it will be fine. I came up short with 43 per­cent of the vote against the in­cum­bent John Flynn. John has al­ways been a nice gen­tle­man and con­tin­ued to be through the cam­paign as we were both try­ing to get the Ward 1 seat. This was a great ex­am­ple of how po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents should treat each other.

The turnout was great (over 50 per­cent), and I ap­plaud the res­i­dents show­ing up and hav­ing their voice heard. Also, con­grat­u­la­tions to Mayor Christie, Steven Bourke, Larry Wilms on win­ning the other seats.

There have been events that have brought the com­mu­nity to­gether, but the most re­cent one is the stump dump fire on Trafal­gar Road. It has been cov­ered a lot by this news­pa­per and the lo­cal TV sta­tions.

One per­son that stood out was Am­ber Goin. She or­ga­nized a com­mu­nity meet­ing (that was put to­gether in four to five days) about the fire held on Dec. 1. Great job Am­ber!

There was a mod­er­a­tor who gave city of­fi­cials, ADEQ, ADH and many other peo­ple who are con­cerned about the fire a chance to speak. Also, at the Dec. 17 Bella Vista City Coun­cil meet­ing, res­i­dents and mem­bers spoke on what the plan is to ex­tin­guish the fire.

As long as we keep be­ing in­volved and be re­spect­ful in these sit­u­a­tions, Bella Vista will keep be­ing “a place to call home.”

Thank you,

Dy­lan Shad­dox Bella Vista

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