2013-04-11 / Editorial

Let’s expand the proposed bike path connector along North Road

The Town Council is debating whether it should ask voters to approve a bond issue to resurface all of North Road at one time instead of spreading the project out over several years.

One suggestion made at last week’s budget hearing was for the addition of a bicycle path along North Road when the resurfacing project is done.

We believe all bicycle paths are worthwhile and putting one along North Road would be good. However, there are many right-of-way limitations that may prohibit a bike path along the full length of North Road.

That is why the cross-island connector was originally proposed. A committee has been working on that project for several years.

From west to east, the proposed path would cross the Jamestown Bridge, exit at Helm Street and follow Tashtassuc Avenue to North Road. From there, cyclists would turn left, heading north to a bike path that would begin just south of the town reservoir. Riders would follow the old road around the reservoir to East Shore Road into the village.

When North Road is resurfaced it would be a good time to add more bike paths that would compliment the proposed bike path.

The goal of the Bike Path Design Committee is to start construction of the connector bike path by 2014 if it can obtain all the necessary approvals. But as with any such project, the biggest obstacle is financial. Where will the money come from?

— Jeff McDonough

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