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After hours commuting pass for University Parks Trail

Do you commute via the University-Parks Trail? If you aren’t aware, the trail has posted usage hours of 7am-dark. This means if you are commuting after sundown a park ranger or the police could stop you and give you a citation or kick you off of the trail.

In order to make sure you can use the trail after dark sign up for the commuter special use trail permit. You can follow this link to download the application  It takes less than 5 minutes to fill out and can be emailed to a MetroParks contact.

Doing so will ensure you hassle free commuting after dark!


is a UT graduate, completing a B.S. of Science in exercise science with a concentration of athletic training in 2004. Once she became certified as an athletic trainer, she worked as a corporate wellness manager in the automotive industry. As part of her job, she served as a mediator between the United Auto Workers and management to ensure the health and safety of factory workers. Through her work, she learned that people have a vested interest in health and wellness but find the barriers to living a healthful life insurmountable. Her interactions with the people she encountered inspired her to find ways to reduce environmental barriers to health. She returned to school and studied active living while taking classes towards a M.A. in recreation where she became interested in the links between environmental sustainability, public health, and land-use policy. This interest ultimately led her to the PhD program in spatially integrated social sciences at UT. Her research interests include active living, storm water management, and epidemiology. She is passionate about empowering community members to use scientific findings for advocacy which results in the betterment of their neighborhoods. When she completes her PhD she hopes to work at the federal level on policy issues pertaining to health and environmental sustainability.
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2 Responses to “After hours commuting pass for University Parks Trail”

  1. Brooke Mason Says:

    Thanks Karen for posting this! I commute via the bike path and sometimes, I’m here after dark. I don’t want to ride down Dorr at night, so I take the path but I worry about getting a citation. I’ll apply for the permit ASAP! 🙂

    Maybe you should post about the construction on the path this summer? May help other travelers out too!

  2. Karen Gallagher Says:

    No problem Brooke! I am in the process of drafting up the construction post now 🙂

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