Rail and trails

He mentions the cost of a train ticket — I am sure this never enters his mind when he drives his automobile to Nanaimo or wherever.

Re: Les Anderson’s letter (The NEWS, June 21) about rail on Vancouver Island.

I am not always in agreement with the Island Corridor Foundation, but this is an exception. I must ask the writer who he proposes to do the removal of the rails at no cost to the trail work.

He appears to be practising the very simplest form of generosity, giving away  something that wasn’t his.

The insight he provides on this subject is clearly from one side only. He mentions the cost of a train ticket — I am sure this never enters his mind when he drives his automobile to Nanaimo or wherever.

I shuddered at his mention of electric bikes. I am sure it was never the intention for these trails to accommodate any form of mechanized vehicles whether it be powered bicycles or ATVs.

In my opinion, Anderson and the cycling community would be better served in supporting the initiatives to get the E&N Railway back into full operation. With the railway active and prospering there would be more resources for future trail construction to the benefit of all.

Wayne B. OliverPort Alberni

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