Jacksonville City Council discusses bike trail access
by Katie Turpen
May 30, 2013 | 4035 views |  0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE — The safety of bicyclists in this college town was on the City Council’s agenda Thursday evening as council members learned that Mayor Johnny Smith recently sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration asking to remove parking places for the Chief Ladiga Trail on the north side of Alabama 204.

Smith said he requested the spots be removed in this area extending through Jacksonville State University in order to provide a more direct route for the cyclists.

“We are concerned about the bikers’ safety,” Smith said.

While the four parking spots are a convenient location for cyclists to leave their cars, Smith said the high amount of traffic in the area could lead to accidents.

“We will move forward when we hear back from the highway administration,” Smith said.

Smith is also waiting on an estimate for a proposed greenway project, which would extend a section of the Chief Ladiga Trail to downtown Jacksonville and allow cyclists to enjoy a scenic ride to local restaurants.

“We are hoping to line the area with plants for riders to enjoy,” Smith said.

The council also approved an action to cut down trees at the Jacksonville Industrial Park along James Hopkins Road and at the site of the future public safety complex, which will be behind Walmart on Pelham Road South.

“We are really just trying to thin those areas out,” Smith said.

The council approved a new code of conduct and disciplinary guidelines for the Jacksonville Senior Center. Coordinator Wendy Bussey said that until now the activity center has had no official rules in place other than federal and state laws.

“We have been looking at what other counties are doing,” Bussey said. “We are putting these in place to protect our seniors because their safety comes first. We are also protecting volunteers, family members and staff.”

Council members read aloud two proclamations for the month of May. The first was for Older American Month honoring all senior citizens and their right to affordable care. The second was for Foster Care Month honoring foster parents and their children.
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