These signs were erected by the County at the request of the Corps. The property is federally owned and leased to the city, as I understand.
The Little Rock police officer was getting an earful, but was as gracious as he could be under the circumstances. He seemed a little puzzled by the change in policy, as was I, but he had a job to do.
There are a couple of Corps employees who are well-known to cyclists for their aggressive driving in the area. Apparently one of them honked at some cyclists who were in the road, and the cyclists took issue with him. A police report was filed and things went downhill from there. I think we've all been guilty of milling around in this area, so let's try to do our meeting and socializing out of the path of traffic.
I don't see how demanding elimination of the parking is anything but some small revenge from somebody who resents having to drive through a park to get to work, but that is simply my impression of the situation. There may well be other issues of which I am unaware.This is a no-win for BDB and trail users and for the City, so just be cool if confronted by impatient drivers in this heavily used area and expect to be ticketed if you ignore the signs.
Signs will go up directing overflow parking to Murray Park. No big deal for cyclists other than increased fear of break-ins in the more remote lot. Casual walkers and moms pushing strollers may not appreciate adding a mile to their routine, but we'll just have to deal with it.