The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 23, 2000

Pathway clarification

To the Editor:

Recently our committee has heard much discussion about sidewalks. Sidewalks, pathwaysis there a difference? Our committee believes there is a very big difference. We think the term "sidewalk" conjures up a highly undesirable urban scene with long straight segments of cement or asphalt and granite curbstones. We are opposed to sidewalks as such and nearly all residents who have shared their views with us agree. The recently completed path in the town center is the exception and was designed to conform with the already existing walkway. As there are no other existing walkways, the community is free to choose how future paths might look.

While there are many other issues to resolve around safety for pedestrians, in the area of design and function of pathways, here are the alternatives we are investigating. There appear to be essentially three path types, all fairly narrow paths which would follow the natural terrain and move around major features such as large rock outcropping and stonewalls.

The differences in the paths are in the surface: asphalt, asphalt with a fine gravel rolled into the surface, and stabilizera path that has the appearance of dirt but performs similar to asphalt. A small section of this type of surface is on display at the Tot Lot on Church Street for all to see and walk on. This third type of surface is an aggregate surface with organic stabilizer. It is used in historic areas, performs well in climates more servere than ours, and has won awards by the Commonwealth at our local Minuteman National Park.

If paths are made in Carlisle of any of the three meandering types, they are intended to provide safety along the main roads of our town center. The paths are not intended for nor are they expected to be used by performance bicyclists. Safety for bicyclists will be gained with improved and maintained shoulders, obeying the traffic laws and mutual courtesy.

Our committee is not aware of any effort to build city sidewalks or high speed bike paths in Carlisle.

Kristine Bergenheim
Pedestrian & Bike
Safety Committee

Reminder to ride single-file

To the Editor:

The pleasant weather brings out the bicyclists on Route 225 and Concord Road, especially on weekends. I'm delighted to see this as long as the bikers observe some of the basic rules and courtesies of the road they share with the motorists, which most of them do.

My eldest son is a devout bicyclist and he is as concerned as am I about the practice of some bikers who insist on riding two, and occasionally three, abreast, instead of single file on these rather heavily travelled roads that have no bike paths. This practice is especially dangerous to bikers and motorists alike at approaches to bends in the road, where motorists cannot see oncoming traffic in time to slow down then and move over to give the bikers safe room.

It might help if the town of Carlisle were to post some signs, along Route 225 and the road to Concord, warning bikers against riding other than single file.

Philip Garnick
Aaron Way

A special invitation

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen, I would like to extend a special invitation to all town volunteers, as well as any other interested citizens, to join us on Thursday, June 29, in recognizing the work and efforts of the many town volunteers during the past year.

Our town volunteers provide essential services to our community. Through the often unrecognized and under-appreciated efforts of these volunteers, we have been able to maintain that special way of life we have grown to expect here in Carlisle. On the 29th, we will have the opportunity to say thank you to these special individuals. In addition, we will also have the opportunity to say thank-you and a farewell to former selectman Kate Simonds and former town moderator Pete Simonds.

Please join us on June 29 in the Clark Room of the Town Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to recognize the work of these individuals. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Michael Fitzgerald
for the board of selectmen

What a bargain

To the Editor:

Whoa! 81 cents per minute to 7 cents per minute! It pays to learn the game!

I telephoned AT&T to find out why I was paying 12 cents per minute for domestic calls and 81 cents per minute for calls to Canada.

We were switched over to a new plan after talking just a few seconds to the customer rep (after surviving a dozen menu choices). The new plan is current in response to the competition: only 5 cents per minute for domestic calls 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and weekends, only 7 cents per minute for calls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. M-F. You will be given this new plan if you call AT&T at the number on your bill, which is 1 800 222-0300. If you are pleasant and kind, they will award you 60 free minutes per month for the next six months for calling and not switching to the competition.

How do you know when to find out if there is a new plan that will save you buckets of money? The rep advises we call every three months to inquire if there is a new plan that's better than what we currently have.

I thought I'd spread the good news.

Phyllis Hughes
Acton Street

Gratitude after a 2 a.m. alarm

To the Editor:

There isn't anything more frightening than waking up at 2 o'clock in the morning to a house full of smoke. Your first thought is protecting your children. Pounding on a teenager's door, hoping they remember all the times we talked about emergency plans for fire safety, and hoping they respond quickly, all come to the forefront. The other thought is no matter what, your friends and neighbors who serve in the police and fire department as volunteers will be there as soon as possible.

Thank you doesn't seem quite enough to say. We are now all safe and well.

Hank, Judy, Tim & Alex Lane
Concord Street

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