A proposed bike path generally located between Oak Knoll Drive and Jefferson Ave., that includes Garrett Park, was stalled after Redwood City’s preliminary request to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to use the Hetch-Hetchy right-of-way was rejected following a nine-month review.
The Redwood City Parks Commission meeting, tonight at 7 p.m. at 1400 Roosevelt Ave., will have a formal public update.
Without the preliminary approval from SFPUC, the city can't proceed with further steps on the project, which would include outreach to gather community input to define the vision and scope for the project.
Matthew Self originally submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Parks and Recreation Department in March of 2012.
“It's very disheartening to see our local government agencies not able to work together on what seems like such a simple and beneficial project,” Self wrote in an e-mail. “The city is essentially asking for a permit to let residents legally walk along this 13-acre open space that they have been walking on for years.”
Among the community benefits Self listed was increased community exercise in a vehicle free zone along with bike commuting, community connection and safe routes to schools.
“As a large property owner in Redwood City, SFPUC has a responsibility to see that the public land that they oversee is used in the set interest of the residents,” Self wrote. “Every local government is trying to find ways to encourage their citizens to be more active and exercise more, so this seems like “no-brainer.’”
Will you be going to the meeting Wednesday night? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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