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LETTER: Why aren't trails open to all?

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I'm a little confused by the term "rails to trails," as I thought I understood it. 

Apparently during the winter months it is known as "rails to snowmobile trails". Only to be used by the provincial snowmobile association. Banned from using these beautiful walking trails during the winter season, are the following: Horses, bicycles, skiers, quads and pedestrians. One might and indeed should ask the question: Why? Who made this decision to bar a huge portion of the population from using these picturesque byways? Why should one particular group have exclusive use of a prime part of Island?

When it was the railway lines, yes, it was exclusive for good reasons. However, the now very scenic trail that meanders from tip to tip should be open to all who wish to use it. One or more of our elected officials need to question these strange rules. 

The use of the trails should be open to all Islanders in all seasons. From what I hear, the trails in other parts of Canada are open to everyone, as it should be. I will forward this to my local MLA and others should do likewise. 

F. Ben Rodgers,
Abram Village

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