Brentwood has made strides in laying down more paths to connect the city’s park system and neighborhoods, but members of Bike Walk Brentwood are hoping to see even more connectivity with future projects.
Richard Hunter, who serves on the Bike Walk Brentwood Board of Directors, shared with city commissioners on Monday the need to continue connectivity projects such as the Maryland Farms Greenway trail (phase two) and future east-west connectivity in Brentwood.
“We want to express our appreciation for the seriousness that this group and former commissioners have given to pedestrian and bicycling issues, infrastructure and safety,” he said. “It’s so awesome to see so many of the recommendations from the 2016 Bike and Pedestrian Committee Report put into action already in our city.”
A new, paved greenway trail in Maryland Farms was completed in late 2019. The trail now connects Powell Park to the Maryland Farms YMCA property.
Hunter shared the group’s desire for 2020 and beyond is to continue finding ways to make Brentwood safer through connectivity options such as dedicated bike lanes in the city.
“We have to look ahead in 2020 and to the next decade with renewed focus an energy to make walking, running and biking all across our city the safest that it can be,” he said. “Our traffic issues aren't going away. Our kids and adults are using electronic scooters, skateboards, etc. more and more on our streets and sidewalks, and in general, our citizens want connectivity and walk, run, bike safety. Let's not rest with the progress that we've made, but look to the future with renewed vigor and plan now.”
One project city commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting involved the upcoming repaving and re-striping of Granny White Pike, with the option of adding bike lanes.
“I think it’s really important,” Commissioner Regina Smithson said. “Granny White Pike, while we’re paving it, we have the opportunity to make it a safer situation.”
Commissioner Nelson Andrews encouraged citizens and cyclists to get involved in the planning process through an upcoming open house to see what bike lane plans are being proposed.
“I’m very pleased that we’re talking about options on Granny White rather than yes or no,” he said. “It seems to be, how do we get this done, and looks like we have some interesting alternatives. We don’t have a perfect solution, which is why this public hearing is so important.”
A public open house related to the Granny White Pike project is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Annex Room at Brentwood City Hall.
For more information about Bile Walk Brentwood, go to https://www.bikewalkbrentwood.org.