I have some follow up information regarding some investigating I did about trail plowing.
It is the Parks Department that plows the trails. Budget limitations are an issue, as 6 full time positions had to be eliminated by the end of 2009. Here are the priorities for plowing:
The 15 Community Centers
City Right of Ways (sidewalks) that are near schools
Overpasses near schools
Lewis and Clark Landing and the Riverfront
I did pass along what I considered to be the main message that "you all" would want me to say: the major trails are used not only for recreation, but also for transportation.
The list of priorities for plowing reflects active living at its finest; while I'm sure many cyclists wish that the major trails were higher on the list, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator in me is glad that the city is looking out for the school kids ... many of whom do not have any choice but to walk to school, even when the snow is piled up.
Safe riding, everyone. I know that there are many of you that have been out there battling the elements, and we salute you! Keep posting your winter riding stories - you are sure to inspire someone else to give it a try! (It's worked on this weather weenie, I can tell you that!)
Never doubt the power of this message: "If that person can ride in the snow, I can surely find a way to ride when it is nice."