Is it Actually Legal to Walk and Bike on the Centennial Grade?
A new debate has sprung up at work and home about walkers, joggers, and bicyclists allowed along Canyon Springs Road, the steep grade taken to get to Centennial Waterfront Park on the Snake River. Are people breaking the law when they are walking this steep grade? My co-workers and husband insist it is prohibited. I disagree. Instead of bickering for hours and never getting any closer to a conclusion, I took it upon myself to search for the answer.
As you can see, I have been vindicated. Please note this in your calendars, I am right. On second thought, I’m usually right. No need to note the calendars. For future reference, note calendars when I’m wrong. It’ll take far less time that way. But, I have a faint memory of discussions about the road during construction a few years ago.
Google Maps reveals there was construction in 2019 and seeing this picture, I recall the lights that caught me quite often on kayak runs to Centennial Waterfront Park. We all waited with anticipation as they worked on widening and repaving the road and protecting it against falling rocks.
In the confused co-worker’s defense, non-motorized travel on Canyon Springs Road was prohibited before the improvements. The sign didn’t appear to hold people to the rule, but it was there. Pedestrians seemed to view it as more of a guideline. This was due to falling rocks. If you look back to a few years before, though, it was legal.
In 2012, misguided exercise enthusiasts were welcome to wear out their knee joints and run the risk of shin splints for ages to come. Now, I’m not one to disparage someone on their workout, but it seems like a form of self-torture to even walk this grade. People jog it with insane smiles on their faces. Confused bicyclists take this repeatedly for fun. Those poor, poor deluded individuals.
It is easy to become complacent now that it is allowed to walk and bicycle. What if a person doesn’t want to walk all the way to the scenic Perrine Coulee Waterfall? There are still some rules that apply. I believe it is evident that parking on the curve of the road is not allowed. Guidelines versus real rules again?