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Emergencies on paved rail-trails??

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staehpj1:
I've seen a cop car on the Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) here in Maryland, so I assume that an ambulance would be allowed access.  I should note that the car in question was not one that had jurisdiction for normal patrols of the trail.

indyfabz:
Have seen them on several occasions on the Schuylkill River Trail, which is used on your spur into Philadelphia and which is the I-95 of trails in this area.

By "can" I assume you mean is it physically possible. Access and response time could be affected by remoteness and surrounding topography. For example, the 23 or so mile trail through the Lehigh Gorge State Park has only a few access points. The Pine Creek Gorge trail is another one that comes to mind. Trails are often managed by government agencies or authorties who be expsoing themselves to liability if they were to unduly hamper emergency vehicle access with things like bollards that cannot be quickly removed.

Regarding "may," I have seen numerous trail rules publications that prohibit motorized vehilces except emergency response and other similar vehicles.

wbst31:
I recently retired from a local fire department in South Fort Myers, FL. We covered a popular biking trail, John Yarbrough Linear Park, as Rails-to-Trails, have limited vehicle access. We have in the past pre-planned each section of the park for emergency vehicle access points and path obstructions, ie pedestrian bridges only.

Each section has been designated by intersecting roadways that allows us to place the caller’s location for emergency access points as per our response plan for that section of the park.


John Yarbrough Linear park:

http://www.leeparks.org/pdf/Lee%20County%20Tour%20de%20Parks%20Route%20Bike-Walk-Recreate.pdf

TwoWheeledExplorer:
Speaking as a park ranger and an EMT (and also a National Mountain Bike Patroller), all trails, paved or unpaved, should allow exceptions for emergency situations. Our community recently built a corridor trail linking the two largest cities in the county, and although it is specifically designed to keep ATVs and snowmobiles (as well as cars and trucks) off the trail, the barriers are removable in an emergency. The local fire departments and sheriff's rescue squad have ATVs set up for patient transport. The biggest issue with modern ambulances is their width. (No pun intended.) Most paved and gravel trails are 8 to 10 feet wide. So are most modular (box-style) ambulances.

A few years back, we had a rider thrown from a horse deep inside our park, with had a possible broken back. Our trails are all 8-foot wide gravel/natural surface. The duty ranger and the local fire department used ATVs to access her and transport her out to the waiting ambulance. I think most, if not all communities have plans for this kind of occurance when trails are built. There would probably be major liability issues if they did not do so.

Ride safe,
Hans

jrswenberger:

--- Quote from: TwoWheeledExplorer on January 23, 2013, 11:42:21 am ---Speaking as a park ranger and an EMT (and also a National Mountain Bike Patroller), all trails, paved or unpaved, should allow exceptions for emergency situations. Our community recently built a corridor trail linking the two largest cities in the county, and although it is specifically designed to keep ATVs and snowmobiles (as well as cars and trucks) off the trail, the barriers are removable in an emergency. The local fire departments and sheriff's rescue squad have ATVs set up for patient transport. The biggest issue with modern ambulances is their width. (No pun intended.) Most paved and gravel trails are 8 to 10 feet wide. So are most modular (box-style) ambulances.

A few years back, we had a rider thrown from a horse deep inside our park, with had a possible broken back. Our trails are all 8-foot wide gravel/natural surface. The duty ranger and the local fire department used ATVs to access her and transport her out to the waiting ambulance. I think most, if not all communities have plans for this kind of occurance when trails are built. There would probably be major liability issues if they did not do so.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Backboarded on an ATV???

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