Why is That? Creek Road vs. Saucon Rail Trail
Why use Creek Road for jogging, walking and biking when the Saucon Rail Trail is mere steps away?
Have you ever noticed people walking, jogging or biking on Creek Road, which intersects with Friedensville Road just west of Hellertown's Water Street Bridge?
If you drive this narrow country lane regularly you probably have, and you've probably also worried about not seeing someone walking, jogging or biking as you round a bend--especially in the warmer months, when the shade of many large trees darkens the thoroughfare.
There's no question that it's a scenic Saucon Valley byway (albeit in the City of Bethlehem), but Creek Road is far from pedestrian-friendly, and with the attractive, accessible Saucon Rail Trail so close by, one wonders what the lure of it is--especially for families.
On one recent afternoon, I observed as a man riding a bike with a child seat attached to it and a baby in the seat (with no helmet on his/her head) was forced to the side of the road near the one-lane bridge that requires cars to "yield to oncoming traffic." The man was accompanied by a young girl on a bike, and all three of them were perilously close to traffic as they appeared to enjoy their bike ride.
With an increasing number of vehicles (including school buses and trucks) utilizing Creek Road as a "back way" to Hellertown and Lower Saucon--in order to avoid the congestion of the Route 412 corridor--it might be wise to reconsider this road's usefulness as a recreational route.
Regardless, motorists must always do their part by following the posted speed limit and remaining vigilant.