Letter to the Editor

Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:05pm

"Mountain bikes" is a general term describing "trail bikes." Certainly there is enough room in Warner [Parks] to allow for additional trail for bikes. The "mountain bike" community in Middle Tennessee is usually very courteous to hikers on trails that are designated for mountain bike use. No user group is perfect. If there are bikes being ridden on hiking-only trails, then that is truly a shame, But, with a designated biking trail, there wouldn't be that temptation.

Posted by "sundown223"


24 Comments on this post:

By: tomba1 on 1/28/11 at 4:16

Forget way out there and go to Dean Park @ the fairgrounds. Since this project would cost Metro tax dollars, a convenient location for the majority of Nashvillians would seem to be critical. Why put it on the outskirts of the county where it will attract more non-resident visitors than Nashvillians, who are footing the bill.

The Dean Park site is naturally hilly, can be easily developed and redesigned for this and similar uses, offers a much more convenient location for all of our citizens with close interstate access, and is especially attractive to our urban residents who could actually ride their bikes to the park, do lunch etc. It's a win-win arrangement and wouldn't cost taxpayers a fortune to develop. So, go for it!! Now's the time to get it in the plan so the Council can consider it when the Fairgrounds issue comes back to them.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 7:32

Forget this LTE...how about Jeff Fisher? He was 142-120 which in dog years, is a winning percentage.
Bud Adams is 89 and in full controll of his faculties. Obviously.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/11 at 7:40

Well, d7, I always supported Fisher, but several times over the past 12 years he had the most talented squad in the league, and failed to bring home the hardware.

"Shake it up."
-The Cars

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 8:01

Fisher's a good coach, but house is right, he never won the big one. Although I'm not sure what year other than the one after the Super Bowl run they had the most talented team in the league.

They were the most schitzophrenic team I can remember....0-4 one year, 10-0 the next, 0-6...only to finish strong...starts 5-2 the next and then crashes and burn...

By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 8:25

Next, this, year will be interesting...a new coach, Collins is 38, probably the starter, and VY is gone.
"Can't Explain"
The Who

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 8:33

Technically, they haven't released VY yet...wouldn't it be something if they kept him now? This a day after Johnson said the VY-Fisher divorce was good for the team...lol

By: govskeptic on 1/28/11 at 8:38

Future ownership(which can't be far away)of team is as
big or much bigger question than next coach! Fisher has
been great citizen of our fair city and all middle Tn.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 8:43

Gov, they keep saying that Jacksonville or San Diego are the two most likely to end up in L.A. but I've always thought the Titans should be in that mix as well.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/11 at 9:10

The Titans aren't going anywhere. gd, grab the nearest bar of soap, and wash out your mouth.

L.A. should not get another team. They have failed to support the ones they had.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 9:32

Sure they do, just like Houston, Cleveland, Baltimore, St. Louis, Oakland...

By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 9:50

It's beyond me how and why L.A. lost the Rams. I know it's all about money, but how can Oakland support a NFL team and L.A. can't?

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 9:52

I think it had to do with a new stadium. The team wanted the city to foot the bill, they said no. They built the dome in St. Louis, so they relocated.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/11 at 10:23

Houston never should have been awarded another franchise.
Those pseudo-fans deserve nothing.

By: brrrrk on 1/28/11 at 10:23

gdiafante said

"Technically, they haven't released VY yet...wouldn't it be something if they kept him now? This a day after Johnson said the VY-Fisher divorce was good for the team...lol"

The same Johnson who said that next year he's going to run for 2500... yeah, right.

By: brrrrk on 1/28/11 at 10:28

Frankly I think the Titans get more attention than they really deserve.... meanwhile we ignore the other franchises that have busted their collective asses for this town. We lost a nationally recognized team when the Kats went away, and if we're not careful, the Preds will follow. Then what?

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 10:38

Brrrk, I agree about the Preds not getting the recognition they deserve. They put out a better product (personally, I think hockey is a better game too, but I digress).

By: Chewieez on 1/28/11 at 10:53

To tomba1:

A new mountain bike trail will actually not cost Nashvillians any money at all. We work solely on volunteer labor and government grants. We build and maintain trail solely on volunteer labor. Our local SORBA chapter has logged thousands of hours of volunteer trail work at Montgomery Bell State Park, Hamilton Creek, Chickasaw Trace, Lock4, Shutes Branch and other trails in Mid TN. Sadly only one of these trails resides inside Davison County. For a city with a population exceeding 1 million, one park with 1 trail available to mountain bikers is not enough. Think of how many miles of hiking trails in Davidson County, how many golf courses, football fields, soccer fields, baseball fields, disc golf courses. We only have 1 mountain bike trail.

If you attended the meeting last night at the Edwin Warner Nature System you saw or would of seen how passion and underserved our mountain bike community is. I would say 80% or more of the packed crowd at the meeting were there in support of mountain biking somewhere inside Warner parks; not necessarily inside the new Burch Branch area.

I plead for everyone to please allow us mountain bikers to share with you our plan, how we work, how we built sustainable trails that will last decades or more and how little we impact the environment.

Studies have shown that there are 39 million golfers in the Unites States and there are 59 million mountain bikers/road cyclist. We are a user group in every way and we are grossly under-served in Davidson County. Golf courses cost the city millions and they don't make a profit generally. Mountain bikers don't cost the city anything, and we bring lots of money into communities through dining, hotels and shopping. Our user group is also second to none in trail stewardship. We work on the trails and keep them in great shape.

-Greg Lawrence

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/11 at 11:29

Good post, Chewieez. I don't bike, but you drive a hard bargain.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/28/11 at 11:59

Weird, very strange term used here but even stranger are the circumstances!


By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 1:18

gD; Hockey does not employ cheerleaders.
Therefore, it is a sub-standard game as compared to the NFL.
What are the scores? 3 to 1. 2 to 0...a shut out.
Ever seen those Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders up close?
Talk about works of art.

By: revo-lou on 1/28/11 at 1:42

[By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 1:18
Hockey does not employ cheerleaders.]

Apparently d7 has not been to a hockey game, or, he was too drunk to recognize cheerleaders when he sees them. The Preds have quite a few cheerleaders, AND you get a lot closer view of them than you do at any football game.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/11 at 2:04

They're called the "ice girls", darge. You should go to a game or at least know what you're talking about.


By: dargent7 on 1/28/11 at 5:24

Ok, you idiots. Go oogle the Predator's "Ice Girls".
I'll take the NFL's cheerleaders.

By: BenDover on 1/31/11 at 10:42

I dunno, D7... that little Molly is smokin'...