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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby cramer » August 11th, 2014, 9:19 am

cbhiii wrote:So the plan is to close the lot off of Kies? That's a bummer. Even with the new lot, I had still planned to use the South lot, as it's closer for me.


That old lot was always temporary, until the funding was in place for a proper lot on 10 mile. The people in that formerly quiet neighborhood I'm sure will be happy to see all that traffic and activity moved to a more suitable location.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » August 11th, 2014, 9:31 am

cramer wrote:
cbhiii wrote:So the plan is to close the lot off of Kies? That's a bummer. Even with the new lot, I had still planned to use the South lot, as it's closer for me.


That old lot was always temporary, until the funding was in place for a proper lot on 10 mile. The people in that formerly quiet neighborhood I'm sure will be happy to see all that traffic and activity moved to a more suitable location.


Someplace I read that the Kies lot will remain open for trail runners/hikers/non-bikers only and that all bikers are to use the 10 mile lot exclusively.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby black2003ss » August 20th, 2014, 3:07 pm

What's the outlook look like for a ride tomorrow afternoon, around 12-1pm? Looks like scattered storms and I know you guys got some rain today and yesterday as well. Best to not bring my bike on my short business trip? Coming from the Detroit area for the day.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Mike_D » August 20th, 2014, 3:11 pm

black2003ss wrote:What's the outlook look like for a ride tomorrow afternoon, around 12-1pm? Looks like scattered storms and I know you guys got some rain today and yesterday as well. Best to not bring my bike on my short business trip? Coming from the Detroit area for the day.


My guess would be that it would be fine as long as we don't get any rain between now and when you ride tomorrow. We've had a day of sunshine to dry things out.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Sortaslow » September 29th, 2014, 7:19 pm

First time here today. Wow. What a trail. Why does it seem no one talks much about it?

Perfect shape. Nice work trail volunteers.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Race_Fan6 » October 1st, 2014, 2:56 pm

I have noticed a large increase in walkers and dogs on the trail with the new parking lot. I am all for sharing the trail but I feel that dogs not on leashes and people looking down at their cell phones is a bit dangerous compared to bikers carrying speed (especially around blind corners). Is there any way we can get some signage up to help keep the trail safe for everyone.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » October 1st, 2014, 3:30 pm

Race_Fan6 wrote:I have noticed a large increase in walkers and dogs on the trail with the new parking lot. I am all for sharing the trail but I feel that dogs not on leashes and people looking down at their cell phones is a bit dangerous compared to bikers carrying speed (especially around blind corners). Is there any way we can get some signage up to help keep the trail safe for everyone.


We can but it will be more effective to help spread the word that mountain bikers need to slow down and be more cautious while on the green loop. The the new starting point means this loop will always be more crowded than it was before. The blue loop did an excellent job of thinning out the users quicker.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Race_Fan6 » October 2nd, 2014, 10:00 am

RickPlite wrote:
Race_Fan6 wrote:I have noticed a large increase in walkers and dogs on the trail with the new parking lot. I am all for sharing the trail but I feel that dogs not on leashes and people looking down at their cell phones is a bit dangerous compared to bikers carrying speed (especially around blind corners). Is there any way we can get some signage up to help keep the trail safe for everyone.


We can but it will be more effective to help spread the word that mountain bikers need to slow down and be more cautious while on the green loop. The the new starting point means this loop will always be more crowded than it was before. The blue loop did an excellent job of thinning out the users quicker.


Is the blue loop now bi-directional? I have seen multiple people riding blue backwards as well. Most of the time it is wide enough to handle it but a few blind corners and tight areas make it more difficult.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » October 2nd, 2014, 10:07 am

Race_Fan6 wrote:
RickPlite wrote:
Race_Fan6 wrote:I have noticed a large increase in walkers and dogs on the trail with the new parking lot. I am all for sharing the trail but I feel that dogs not on leashes and people looking down at their cell phones is a bit dangerous compared to bikers carrying speed (especially around blind corners). Is there any way we can get some signage up to help keep the trail safe for everyone.


We can but it will be more effective to help spread the word that mountain bikers need to slow down and be more cautious while on the green loop. The the new starting point means this loop will always be more crowded than it was before. The blue loop did an excellent job of thinning out the users quicker.


Is the blue loop now bi-directional? I have seen multiple people riding blue backwards as well. Most of the time it is wide enough to handle it but a few blind corners and tight areas make it more difficult.



NO, the entire trail is still to be ridden counter clockwise. We are in the process of adding one way only and do not enter signs for each intersection. I think the visibility of the park from 10 mile has produced a lot of new users unaware of the one-way nature even though it is posted as such on the trail map at the kiosk
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby cramer » October 2nd, 2014, 10:43 am

RickPlite wrote:I think the visibility of the park from 10 mile has produced a lot of new users unaware of the one-way nature even though it is posted as such on the trail map at the kiosk


Agreed. Two locals asked me this week about the "new" park on 10 mile.
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Dirtdevil » October 7th, 2014, 8:43 am

What are the cross roads/nearby streets off of 10 Mile that are near the new entrance?

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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby RickPlite » October 7th, 2014, 8:46 am

between Courtland and Meyrs Lake
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Re: Western: Luton Park

Postby Dirtdevil » October 7th, 2014, 9:51 am

Thank-you!
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