DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – Law enforcement was patrolling the Katy Trail Thursday afternoon as alphabetical guidelines took effect to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
To manage the increasing number of Katy Trail users and encourage physical distancing the outbreak, Dallas Park and Recreation implemented a trail management strategy that gives visitors access to the trail on specific days according to their last names.
Visitors with last names starting with A through L are asked to use the Katy Trail only on Thursday and Saturday. Visitors with last names starting with M through Z are encouraged to use the trail on Friday and Sunday.
“We know that getting outdoors is another way for families to cope with stay-at-home regulations. Overcrowding and congestion on the Katy Trail make it nearly impossible for users to practice adequate physical distancing. Our communities’ safety remains our key concern. We are working together to reduce the spread on this pandemic,” said Dallas Park and Recreation Director John D. Jenkins. “We want our outdoor spaces to be accessible and we want visitors to do their part to protect themselves and others.”
The trail was busy but not over crowded Thursday as signs promoted the new policy and Dallas Marshal’s patrolled on motorized bikes.
“I don’t see how they are going to enforce this,” a Dallas woman said. “There’s always a risk. There’s the risk of being hit by a bike.”
The general public will have regular access to the Katy Trail on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
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