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    Slaughter Creek Trail CLOSED Starting 4/16 until 4/18 to replace the front gate

    We received the email below about Slaughter Creek Trail closure -

    I have scheduled the contractor to replace the entrance gate on 4/16/2018. We will need to shut down the trail from Monday, 4/16 through Wednesday, 4/18, and possibly through Friday, 4/20. The installers told me that they can install it within 3 days but it could take up to 5 days total, depending on any unforeseen circumstances. Please coordinate updating social media as soon as possible so users are notified.

    Because they are working on the gate of the ONLY entrance - they have to close the entire trail. Plan your rides accordingly.
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    Hmm...

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    Thanks for the notification! Can they throw the old gate in the water so riders have a way to cross the low water crossing bridge safely? #roadkill
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    Indeed. It really sucks that we have two great beginner-friendly cycling spots (SCNP and Veloway) that are incredibly difficult to reach on a bicycle. You "have to" get in a car and drive to a place to ride your bike. (I don't, but the average Fred thinks so.)
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    It occurs to me that the phrase "incredibly difficult" has a very different meaning to some.
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    "Incredibly difficult" in this context means a high level of danger to bicyclists. It is strange planning that forces us to go on busy highways to get to these two bicycling venues. Especially since there are easy, safer, and more interesting ways to get to them available. If only the powers that be would build gates at those easy access spots.

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    "Incredibly difficult" - when group riding over the no-shoulder-low-water crossing bridge with 10+ riders of varying skill level including minors against semi-blind corners, rush hour commuters rushing home while posting their latest Instagram gem while being blinded by Mr. Sun. I can't think of a more dangerous spot in SW Austin. ...well...maybe fitzhugh on a sat night...or some's bedroom on any night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    It occurs to me that the phrase "incredibly difficult" has a very different meaning to some.
    Would you cross MOPAC, or worse, ride its shoulder, with kids to get to the Veloway? Would your grandmother do that? Most people, normal, rational people, would be terrified of the entrance to SCNP on a bicycle as well. There is no average joe pedestrian-friendly way to get to these places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    There is no average joe pedestrian-friendly way to get to these places.
    I like that when you ride to either one using the Southie trails, there's no one else there :-)

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    In case y'all don't know, there's a singletrack trail along 1826 all the way from Spruce Canyon to Slaughter, so you can enter Slaughter Creek Trail without riding on the highway. It's not visible on the heatmap, so I didn't learn about it for a long time.

    A gate on the east end from Circle C Metro Park would be a very welcome addition though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codysoyland View Post
    In case y'all don't know, there's a singletrack trail along 1826 all the way from Spruce Canyon to Slaughter, so you can enter Slaughter Creek Trail without riding on the highway. It's not visible on the heatmap, so I didn't learn about it for a long time.

    A gate on the east end from Circle C Metro Park would be a very welcome addition though.
    That sounds like a good idea, but I understand why the land stewards want to keep access to it limited.

    I use the trail along 1826 every time. It would be nice to see an easier way to cross that "bridge" over the creek though
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    Quote Originally Posted by codysoyland View Post
    In case y'all don't know, there's a singletrack trail along 1826 all the way from Spruce Canyon to Slaughter, so you can enter Slaughter Creek Trail without riding on the highway. It's not visible on the heatmap, so I didn't learn about it for a long time.

    A gate on the east end from Circle C Metro Park would be a very welcome addition though.
    "Out-and-back" ride? No! Plus...roads, sidewalks and parking lots are more stupid than a politics discussion on a mountain bike forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cramsay3 View Post
    Thanks for the notification! Can they throw the old gate in the water so riders have a way to cross the low water crossing bridge safely? #roadkill
    Talked to the land manager about this - again. He would not consider adding a pedestrian / bike only gate anywhere else. The gate and parking area are how they control usage.

    He like one idea I had about bolting some chain link fencing to the bottom of the south side apron. The chain link would provide some traction to riders crossing the slick algae covered concrete. It would not help when the water level is "high" and does not help hikers or horses at all. We will float this past TxDOT (land owner) to see if we can get it approved.

    I would love to hear other ideas on way to keep people from having to dodge traffic to cross that bridge / low water crossing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by codysoyland View Post
    In case y'all don't know, there's a singletrack trail along 1826 all the way from Spruce Canyon to Slaughter,
    Actually that single track runs past Spruce Canyon all the way to 45 now. It makes a great loop even if you don't pull into Slaughter Creek Trail.
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    Went for a ride yesterday evening... Trail needs some branch/bush trimming... Especially a stake-like broken branch that sticks out of a branch right next to one of the little rock ledges in the first part of the trail. Found out about it when I got bounced to the left going over one of them and got my arm jabbed by it. And I stopped to watch my wife ride it and she almost had the same thing happen to her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    And I stopped to watch my wife ride it and she almost had the same thing happen to her.
    What? You didn't warn her?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeke View Post
    What? You didn't warn her?
    I did. I stopped her before she rode up it behind me, then went back and did it again myself and got her to try it, knowing what line to take. But just like me she got bounced to the left. And knowing what was to the left she just stopped. It's kind of an odd set of lines... There's the easiest (less gnarly) line on the extreme left that will take you very close to the branch. Then there's a harder/higher kind of double ledge that's to the extreme right. In the middle is an assorted rocky/ledgey thing happening, an mixed in is a rock which is sharp and angled in a way that if you're riding slow will kind of bounce you to the left (which is what happened to both of us). You just need to come through it a with a bit more speed.

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    [QUOTE=The Tip;1196277]... all the way to 45 now.

    Where there is some more fun singletrack to be found! It's everywhere ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicewookie View Post
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    There is always room for both. And I like to mix in a little self-pity now and then.

    And now indulgence.

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