Comment 63402

By Joe Minor (anonymous) | Posted May 11, 2011 at 15:48:01

Response to Moylek: Yes.
Part of the problem it that the City is incapable of building a paved path less than 3 meters wide. So, there is a large loss of vegetation, and grass makes for cleaner air while pavement makes dirtier air. Then there is road kill: high speed bicycle traffic doesn't stop for wildlife (or much else for that matter). The 3 meter wide roads fragment the park (making ever smaller "islands"). The paved pathways are raised and impound water, which is then diverted into sewers rather than infiltrating and serving the water needs of the natural areas downstream. Maintenance of pavement is expensive, and involves repeated applications of pollutants (e.g., PAHs) which then pollute the environment.

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