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Quad-Cities bike-trail users are appealing a lawsuit decision to the Iowa Supreme Court after a judge ruled in May that the City of Riverdale could keep a gate erected by the city government to block a cut-through between two trail end points.

At the heart of the issue is a path connecting a trail to a neighborhood street people used to move between two bike paths. Neighbors living on South Kensington Street were opposed to people using their street as a short cut between trail heads of the Mississippi River Trail and the Duck Creek Trail.

After neighborhood complaints, the city erected a gate in June, 2020, to block a 30-foot sidewalk leading from the Mississippi River Trail to Kensington Street.

But trail users say alternative routes to connect the two trails are more dangerous.

In October, 2020, the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club and the Cornbelt Running Club filed a lawsuit against Riverdale in Scott County, attempting to restore access.

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BIKEIOWA NOTE: Also follow along on the Facebook group: Stop Riverdale from Cutting Access Between MRT and Duck Creek Trail (660+ members)

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