Riverfront Trail opens new Monument View section

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The Colorado Riverfront Commission was established in 1987 to create an uninterrupted public trail spanning the distance from Palisade to Fruita. The commission began building a trail along the Colorado River in three phases. The completion of the newest monument trail section brings a total of 35 miles of completed public trails through the Grand Valley.

"This is a destination for bike riders who want to do longer distances but at a leisurely pace," said Brad Taylor, Riverfront Commission Co-Chair.

With all the extra bike traffic, those on the trail need to pay special attention to their surroundings.

"This new section has a number of curb stops that have signs that indicate both motorists and bicyclists should pay attention to the traffic," said Taylor.

Sections of the trail along Frontage Road pass a number of driveways, and residents in the area are concerned for the safety of bikers who aren't careful.

"They don't stop at any of the stop signs, they don't slow down at any of the cross walks. The bicyclists need to understand that people have a right to get out of their driveway," said Leroy Foree, a Frontage Road resident.

Despite Foree's frustrations with some bikers, he is one of many who can't wait to get out and enjoy the trail.

The Colorado Riverfront Commission is hosting the grand opening of the new 8.4 mile trail section. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 AM tomorrow at the Walter Walker State Wildlife Area.