Public Asked to Avoid Horseback Riding, Cycling on Greenway Trails

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is asking the public to keep horses and bicycles off greenway trails during the spring thaw.

April showers bring spring flowers and soft muddy conditions, according Director of Conservation Services, Kevin Money.

Hooves and tires can tear up turf and leave deep ruts on the fragile ground that can bump up maintenance costs.

ERCA's asking residents to enjoy the trail network on foot but wait for Mother Nature to harden up the surface before they take a ride.

The Chrysler Canada Greenway is the only trail that allows equestrian use.

The authority has been looking at allowing horses on the Cypher Systems Group Greenway in the future, but facilities need to be added to accommodate them.

Motorized vehicles are never allowed on the greenway network.