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Dear Kitsap County Commissioner’s – a Coordinated Trail System and the Physically Challenged

Dear Kitsap County Commissioners:

As a physically challenged person and cycling fan, I am writing in support of the Kitsap County Non-motorized Trails Coordinator and our need of one person to coordinate the entire trail system.  The present hodge podgy fingers in the same pie method are not working.  We need one person to oversee the entire trails plan for our county and no interest other than that.    Nothing else makes sense.

We need to fully fund the creation of this position and have it directly under the Commission as planned.

A planned trail system throughout our county would bring tourists here in droves – more importantly, it would be a massive boost to our own citizens – all of us.

Only a small portion of citizens uses the huge taxpayer outlay of funds you approved for the Howe Farm off Lead Dog Park in South Kitsap yet we all paid.   All Kitsap County citizens would benefit from the balanced and planned trail system overseen by a coordinator.

I am learning how to get around as a physically challenged person.  The hand cycle recumbent trike is useful because the bone on bone left hip causes too much pain pedaling a regular recumbent trike.  I am not yet able to pedal a regular recumbent trike.

The physically challenged in this county NEED the kind of trail system one coordinator would put together as one piece.  Our service men and women are coming home, many of them, with physical challenges the trail system would help address.

The timing is now for the future of our county in an ever-increasing awareness that physically fit and active people live healthier lives.

Let us turn Kitsap County from being an unsafe place to be into a safe place for the NMT fans and the best place to go.

One coordinator would have one job and that is the trails – no special interest would cloud the picture.   I am guessing the cost to put in that one dog park was far greater than the cost of a trails coordinator benefiting all.

Respectfully,

Sharon O’Hara

Now all I need is find a large flat area to practice and someone to give me a lesson or two and get it road ready with a headlight and stuff.  This hand trike turns by leaning the handlebars and post over to whichever direction you want to go..really neat.

Malin’s first ride on a recumbent trike tadpole… they’re not just for the physically challenged.

Please contact our KC County Commissioner’s if you understand the need for one coordinator to oversee the project.  Contact them if you don’t understand and thank them for doing a difficult job.  We live in a superb county – let’s make it work better.  Please.

Thanks for reading… Sharon O’Hara

2 thoughts on “Dear Kitsap County Commissioner’s – a Coordinated Trail System and the Physically Challenged

  1. I’ve got two photo’s that didn’t carry over with the text. Brian – I hope – can fix it!
    Sharon

  2. I agree. Bellingham/Whatcom county has a wonderful “interurban trail” which connects the city with the outlying recreation areas. I cannot overstate how much this benifited my quality of life while living there.

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