|Stop Right There|
Way back in November, 2010 (seems like forever ago, doesn't it?), I posted about plans to bore / dig / blast / trench / hydro-drill a new tunnel under 7th Avenue in Phoenix at the multi-use path crossing along the Arizona Canal Diversion Channel (ACDC) in the form of a complete photo guide (please see). I recently discovered, by riding smack into this fence, that the project has begun! For a few months, we'll be riding / walking around this project, but when it's complete, there will be another feature making this already-good path even better.
Now, taking a step back, out of the street-level crossings the canal paths make, this one never seemed that bad to me, however: I usually cross at off hours or at night, not at rush hour, so it may be a different story during busier times of the day. Some examples of busier street crossings are Camelback Road, and Scottsdale Road, both of which can be either exercises in diverting to a marked crossing and waiting for two lights, or else, froggering across between cars.
You can see the barbed wire at the top of the fence. Diverting around the project requires crossing the canal on the street bridge, and taking the path on the other side. It seemed less used, though, with broken glass and other debris on the surface. Which took me back to my "carry a wisk broom to clean up path debris" idea. I did pick one up that snaps into an accompanying dust pan, but haven't been motivated to fabricate some sort of frame or rack mount for it yet. In any case, this wasn't a spot cleanup of a few pieces of glass, but rather a block or two of crap on the path that would need a push broom or even better, a Python S2000, to make it right. But I'm not complaining. This is barbed wire and broken glass for good. After the summer heat has passed, after the monsoons are done and we get our autumn on, there will be a new tunnel here. One more important element in the system to get you to do the needful. Get up. Go ride.