By Teri Shore
This is an excerpted copy of a letter I sent to Caryl Hart, executive director of Sonoma County Regional Parks:
I was shocked and dumbfounded to find on the very wet morning of Dec. 7, Maxwell Farms Regional Park was cordoned off for the Bike Monkey and CX Nation Cyclocross mountain bike race event. When I arrived at about 9:30 a.m., 20 or more bicyclists were riding at fast speed through both the upper and lower portions of the park on walking paths – including the paved, handicapped-access path – that were cordoned off from other park users.
I, along with several other park users, many of them with leashed dogs in hand, were literally roped off from use of much of the park, and use of the park was unsafe due to the speeding bicycles.
Not only were the bicycles damaging the natural walking trails due to the extremely wet and muddy conditions from the downpour the day and night before, but the upper and lower paved walking paths and driveway were also blocked off as bike-racing routes. The event should have been halted if for no other reason than for the muddy conditions.