Jean Gorman, head of the BRAD Fund (Bicycles Ride Alongside Drivers) isn’t yet ready to find a new site for the Brad Gorman trailhead.
“That site on Catalina highway is just an awesome spot to start an awesome day or finish an awesome day,” Gorman said.
Gorman said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry told her in a phone ceonversation that he would schedule a meeting about the proposed trailhead with the neighbors who have complained about the project.
When Gorman started hearing the complaints from the neighbors, she spoke with several cycling groups in the city to find out what they actually needed so that the trailhead could be as unobtrusive as possible.
She said she was was told cyclist didn’t need lights or trash pickup or picnic tables, all of which were concerns raised by the neighbors. The question of safety has also been raised because cyclist would have to make a left turn across traffic to access the trailhead. Gorman said the situation is similar to the trailhead at Saguaro Park East, where cyclist make a left turn into the bicycle facilities. She said that hasn’t created an issue and she belived the left on Catalina Highway would be a non issue as well.
Gorman is dissapointed that the neighbors are upseat about the project and the lack of communication. She was told by Pima County officials the project was so small that the neighbors wouldn’t need be brought into the process , but for Gorman that is not excuse.
“To me that doesn’t make a difference,” Gorman said. “The neighbors thought they should have been brought into it.”
Gorman is hopeful with modifications to the trailhead the neighbors will support the site and the project.
It’s not to memorialize my son, “Gorman said. “I don’t have to do that. It’s about saving lives.”