I'm a big fan of bike trails. Connecticut has a wonderful assortment of hiking and bike trails, such as the Air Line Rail Trail or the Farmington Canal Greenway.
So I was pleased to read Christine Stuart's recent article in CT News Junkie:
A bill limiting recreational liability for municipalities overwhelmingly passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 142-1.This is a reasonable, common-sense bill that will allow municipalities to open up more trails and encourage citizens to enjoy the outdoors. I wonder why Rep. Fleischmann voted against this bill, though.
Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford, was the only one to vote against the proposal, which limits the liability municipalities have when it comes to public use of open space, trails, and other recreational lands.
The bill was modified to maintain liability for certain structures such as roads and playground equipment.
The legislation was partially prompted by the $2.9 million jury award to a bicyclist who was injured after hitting a gate at the West Hartford Reservoir.
Anyway, remember to wear a helmet and take responsibility for your own personal safety.