Help fund a lawsuit to re-open the safest route to ride, run and walk between the Mississippi River Trail and the Duck Creek Trail.
We featured this trail closure in Episode 4 of our Friday Fives
. We don't agree with most current Riverdale City council decision and are glad the Quad Cities Bicycle Club and Cornbelt Running Club have joined forces to research options for a lawsuit against the city of Riverdale. If you look at the maps and review the proposed route, you'll see it is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians and goes against the master plan where they have already built an underpass and trailhead that essentially gets cut off from the trails
We donated and hope you will too...
Let’s open the gate!
We need your financial support to help to re-open the safest route to ride, run and walk between the Mississippi River Trail and the Duck Creek Trail.
Riverdale’s City Council voted unanimously on June 9 to erect a locked gate on the South Kensington Street connector to the Mississippi River Trail “because residents of the city have expressed concern with bicycle and pedestrian traffic in Haven’s Acres since the Mississippi River Trail was extended through the City”. Riverdale’s decision forces all trail users to cross U.S. Highway 67 instead of under it when connecting to and from the MRT and the Duck Creek Trail. Their decision also forces some trail users to use a non-suitable route from the Duck Creek Trail to Brenny’s Motorcycle store to cross US Highway 67.
The Council’s decision reverses a previous Council decision to construct the connector over 5 years ago.
Riverdale’s Council was given the opportunity to reverse their decision at their August 18 meeting and chose not to even vote on a resolution to open the gate.
The Quad Cities Bicycle Club and Cornbelt Running Club have joined forces to find a way to re-open the connector between the Mississippi River Trail and South Kensington Street in Riverdale. We have hired an attorney, John Flynn, to determine if there are any legal options. Together we are spending $2500 and need your support to pay additional legal-related fees. We may even have to pay Riverdale to provide us with public documents that may be helpful to us.
Every dollar raised will be used to pay our attorney, obtain documents and any other legal costs to determine if we have any options to re-open the safest route from the MRT to the Duck Creek Trail. Any funds that we do not use will be equally donated by both clubs to cycling and running non-profit organizations.
Thank you for your generous support.
Dave Ring, President QCBC
Paul Schmidt, President CBRC