A regular Swamplot reader has a question about the sidewalk on the south side of Cinco Ranch Blvd. as the street passes between retention ponds for the North Lake Village and South Lake Village neighborhoods, just west of Cinco Lakes Dr. (map here). “The sidewalk exists on the south side of the street block from Peek Rd. to Mason Rd. When it reaches the pond, the sidewalk moves to the inside of the fence and becomes private. The fence is between the street and the sidewalk.” What’s a pedestrian supposed to do when the only sidewalk moves into a gated area, and is marked as off limits? Asks the reader: “Can a pedestrian be cited as a trespasser? Note the North side of the street is a golf course with no sidewalk.”
As the photo at the top shows, there’s no gate separating the private from the presumably public portions of the sidewalk. But if you keep walking east along the sidewalk from the spot shown, past the NO TRESPASSING sign pictured above, you’ll eventually find yourself on the opposite side of the metal fence from the street, where you’ll be labeled by another sign facing the street (see second photo from top) as someone who’s somewhere you aren’t supposed to be.
The reader wonders whether new construction may have created the paved path to indiscretion: “There is a possibility that the sidewalk inside the fence predates the rest of the sidewalk. I seem to recall new sidewalk construction in the area (Cinco Ranch Blvd. and Peek Rd. area) about a year ago.”
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