The discussion between the homeowners and members of the TPCBAC became increasingly heated.
Homeowners said they had been assured by Pima County and Ray Carroll’s office that the trailhead was not going to proceed at the original site and questioned whether TPCBAC intended to pursue it.
TPCBAC President, Brian Beck, told the homeowners that his understanding was that they could proceed with the original location if they gained the support of the residents in the area.
Mark Acosta, a homeowner in the area, said neighbors would never support the project.
Despite the obvious opposition from the homeowners at the meeting, the TPCBAC passed a motion to create a temporary subcommittee tasked with establishing a public meeting about the trailhead and alerting the residents in the area.
“Don’t waste your time,” Val Colbertson said. “Everybody I spoke to that night was against it. We aren’t going to change our minds is what I am trying to tell you.”
Beck said regardless of whether or not homeowners and cyclists can come to an agreement about the trailhead, the meeting would be a valuable educational experience for future projects.
Emergency meeting called to discuss increasing Bike Boulevard priority
According to Thum, bike boulevards were not popular when the RTA fund was created, but have become very popular in the last few years. In the RTA plan, they are not given the same priority as bike lanes, shared-use paths and sidewalks, which makes it more difficult to fund them.
Thum asked the committee members to increase the priority of the bike boulevards so they would be on an equal level to the other facilities when the RTA looks at where to spend money designated for bike and pedestrian projects.
Committee members did not feel they could make a decision on the bike boulevards last night and passed a motion to schedule an emergency meeting on March 24, to revisit the topic.
I am planning on writing a piece about bike boulevards and how they currently get funded in the city. Look for that next week.