The so-called Quarry Hill gravel path behind Shaganappi Golf Course is a disgrace. In winter it is at times unrideable. In spring it alternates between dangerous icey ruts and gummy muck. Mud and ruts are common throughout the year. When you use this path, you sometimes arrive at work spotted with mud and your chain needing maintenance. At the same time, the Quarry Hill gravel path is clearly a major bicycle commuting route between the west side of the City and downtown, and it is the only unpaved part of the route between the downtown core and the neighborhoods of Strathcona, Patterson, Coach Hill, Westsprings, Couger Ridge and points west of that. While Edworthy is an option, it takes longer and adds time to the commute.
I have contacted my alderman Richard Pootmans but I haven't seen any indication that he even cares about this. I have spoken to Recreation and Parks on a couple of occassions (through 311) who say they would pave it, but some environmental type group will not allow it (as if a paved path in this area will cause some kind of environmental calamity, notwithstanding all the protected undeveloped pathways in the area). I know of at least one other commuter who is pushing the same issue.
This is ridiculous. Hopefully the new Cycling Coordinator can make headway on this issue. Because I give up.