Pathways through fields tell us a lot about where people want to go.
Frequently it is not where the planners or architects’ walkways want to take us. That’s because they usually make walkways accessories to buildings, following the same square lines.
In the summer, paved walkways and roads hide the pedestrian record.
But in winter, the size of the beaten path tells us how many people want to go somewhere. And if they want to go badly enough they will boldly go where no snow plow has gone before. [cut the Capt’n Kirk stuff –ed].
Let’s start off with the (in)famous gateway that the NCC has tried several times to close. Note, by the way, that the City is planning to permanently close this path by closing the transitway crossing in 2013 (unless we can convince them otherwise):
And a bit further on, along the ill-maintained old bike path along the aqueduct, you’ll notice something curious but all-too-common. The unplowed ped path parallels [try saying that fast!] a service lane used occasionally by a single vehicle to check on the aqueduct gates, but notice how well it is plowed. Why not make the lane and the pathway the same thing? Free winter plowing!
The photo above doesn’t quite show the full extent of the plowing … so try this one:
Naturally, pedestrians like the idea of a plowed path, so to get onto it, here is the Not-Eric-Darwin-Commemorative-Gate cut through the chainlink: