There was one main message for the public to get Glasgow closer to a greenway: We need a plan.
A master plan, according to Kevin Myatt, planning director for the joint city-county planning commission, is the first step in getting a series of walkways and bikeways in town for exercise, recreation and to connect the community.
Appropriately, Myatt said the plan for the path should include connections to a giant circle, like spokes to a wheel.
At a public hearing Thursday night, Myatt welcomed suggestions as to where the “spokes” should run through the city, which could include existing infrastructure.
“This is a plan that takes time, the city doesn’t have the resources to build a $250,000 walkway,” Myatt told the small crowd who attended the meeting.
Myatt showed a map of the greenway circle around the city that is the starting template for the greenways. He cited studies that showed the positive effect greenways have had on clean water, tourism and even criminal activity. He emphasized the point of joining the community together and giving residents a chance to walk to wherever they wanted to go, from baseball games to the grocery store.
“These are the opportunities that we’d like [residents] to have, they don’t have to use them, but we’d like to have them available,” Myatt said.
The public was vocal in their support of the greenway for recreation, but a big part was also safety.
“Nobody driving a car in Glasgow can grasp the concept of a pedestrian on the road,” said Billy Ray, an avid cyclist and director of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board.
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