Bike/Pedestrian Path Can be Built
Running Track Issue is a Ruse
Closer analysis of this latest rationale from the District raises similar concerns. The proposed running track consists of only four lanes and is not a standard oval shape. This makes the track that District Staff are proposing only suitable for practice, as it could not be used for normal competitive meets. Shortening the track on it's Western side to accommodate the bicycle path is not to blame for our students not having an official competitive track: the District's own decision to cram too many buildings and too many grades onto too small of a property are responsible for that.
All that could be changed now is the relative usefulness of the track for practice purposes--all it was ever going to be good for. But since the District is planning on using "staggered starts" for runners owing to the sub standard size anyway, there is no effective compromise by building the bike/ped path. The section of straight line track along 53rd Street stretch remains at more than 360 feet long, unaffected by the bike/ped path and that portion of the track could still be used to practice the 100m and the 110m hurdles. Long distance runners can better accommodate an irregular shaped or length track and so will not be as adversely affected as the short distance runners who must run in a straight line.