The upcoming Tri-County Hill Hopper will be Sunday, February 16th, 2020 with day of registration starting at 7am, the ride starting at 9am and that final route sweep beginning at 3pm. Registration is open and can be accessed from the website https://www.tchillhopper.org/ There are four routes available, ample hills and pleasant scenery. The ride starts and ends near Round Top, TX.
The idea, I have for the velo way, is for it to circle the outer perimeter of park approximately 2 miles. It would have to be 12 foot wide, with a asphalt surface (cement cracks) with a white line painted down the middle to split the slower cyclist from the faster cyclist with everyone going clock wise. At any of the intersection with cars, the velo way would have to be raised at least 6 inches so to create a speed bump for the cars that travel through the intersection plus a stop sign giving the cyclist the right of way.
Before the intersection, designing a curve in the velo way to naturally slow down the cyclist would also help. Any pedestrian traffic would have to yield to the cyclist also. With the park having only one egress and one entrance, I don’t think this idea should be much of a problem.
The velo way will be for cyclist only and or maybe in line skaters but no pedestrians, no skate boards or any kind of motorized vehicle. Cyclist traveling at plus 25 miles an hour can not be playing dodge the people walking at 2 miles an hour.
I know this sounds like a dream but I think it is a good place to start. One of the important points is trying to make velo way as close to 2 miles as possible, smaller loops are much more monotonous becoming more of a criterion course with too many sharp turns in it.
Robert VAN BRUNT