I recall some kerfuffle a while back about using the RV Cemetery road as a through-road for bicycles. Does anyone recall what the management of the cemetery says with regard to cyclists? Are we free to use the roads? Are there less prohibited times than others to ride through? While I freely admit to using this route on occasion, I'd like to know where cyclists stand in the eyes of the cemetery's operators.
I would like to know this as well. I also feel a little uneasy riding through because I am unsure how welcome I am, and I know the employees have seen me a time or two. Seems as though they tolerate it but don't want to do anything that waives their right to exclude us if they so choose.
Here's the article I wrote about it:
"Safety concerns may close popular cemetery route"
my recollection was that the cemetery management is very understanding and cool with bikes....BUT they simply demand respect for their private property. Not sure where exactly it ended up but I know my coverage of the issue helped bring a lot of people to the table. Including lawyer Ray Thomas, cemetery manager David Noble, and the BTA.
Here's a bit from an email from David Noble that might be helpful:
"The only acceptable solution in River View's opinion, is that bicyclists
understand that this is private property and that it is a privilege, not
a "right", to ride here; that they must obey the speed limit; that under
no circumstances should they ride their bicycles across the grass and/or
grave markers; and that they understand that cemetery visitors are
frequently grief-stricken and unaware of how they are driving, which
means that everyone else (bicyclists, other autos, cemetery maintenance
vehicles, etc.) are always the one responsible to avoid a collision.
Any cyclist that finds these restrictions too burdensome can simply
bypass River View and utilize Taylor's Ferry Road to navigate between
Terwilliger Blvd. and Macadam Avenue."
All of the workers that I've ever encountered have been cool with bikes. I try and make eye contact and nod or give some kind of greeting on my way up in the mornings (especially the rainy ones). At night it's a different issue, you are not supposed to be in there and will get chastized/told to leave if caught, and don't try and run away from the very rarely present gaurd, it will only piss him off.
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