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RE: [RC] Traction on wooden bridges? - Jean

Paint with lots of sand thrown on will help.



From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of steelsidedown
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:46 PM
To: Ridecamp
Subject: [RC] Traction on wooden bridges?


I have been tasked with finding a solution to a slick bridge problem.   Hoping someone else has some expierence.


Our local park, has a multi-use trail (hikers, bikers, horses), the land here is very low and the trails border a lake.  There are quite a few muddy or wet spots (the sink to your knees type) that have been covered with treated wooden boardwalks and bridges.  About half of these bridges are fine, they get plenty sunlight and are only slick in the rain.  The over half, hardly ever see sunlight, and quickly get green slick slime layers coating them.  The bikers are fine, walkers have a little trouble, for the horses its just dangerous.


Ideas presented: 

    *Power wash them  -- too short term solution

    *Grip strips like on stairs  -- I don't feel they would last, they wear slick pretty quickly just with humans in tennis shoes

    *Grip paint - again, will it really hold up with horses in steel shoes?

    *Thin wooden strips  -- it would work for us, but how would the bikers like it?  (anyone mountain bike?) 

    *Fine gravel or sand  -  this so far sounds to be the best idea


Removing or replacing these bridges is out, most are new, and there's about 30 total.  Also there is an access problem, the trails are just wide enough for an ATV or small tractor.  (single tract for horses) 




Thanks in advance!


[RC] Traction on wooden bridges?, steelsidedown