Bike trail continues to gain traction

Published 9:49 pm Friday, November 7, 2014

Selma is in the process of becoming more bicycle-friendly.

The Selma City Council revisited the idea to fund a Selma bike trail during its regular work session.

With the St. James Hotel undergoing restoration and the hotel having 12 to 15 bikes available to its guests, Selma Mayor George Evans said it was great time to provide residents and the general public with a chance to travel through Selma on bike.

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“When people come and stay [at the St. James], they should be able to get on a bike and have somewhere that’s outlined to ride,” Evans said. “If they want to ride the bikes, we’ll have a trail for them to follow, which will give them some views that will be beautiful to see in our city.”

Evans and Planning and Development Director James Benderson discussed the possibility of the preferred bike route ranging from Live Oak Cemetery to the intersection of Selma Avenue and Water Avenue.

According to the proposed Bike Share Plan map shared during the meeting, the six stations where bikes can be picked up and dropped off include Vaughan Smitherman Museum and the intersection of Water Avenue and Arsenal Place.

Evans said the proposed plan is to be later discussed by the council, who will help determine any changes that need to be made. The public will also be able to give their input, Evans said.

“This is a new thing that Mr. Benderson just gave me, and I want you all to be some help to us in determining whether or not this is agreeable for a bike trail in our city,” Evans said.

The idea was initially introduced in 2009 when Monica Newton, former councilwoman of Ward 3, brought before the council the idea of greenways — linear open spaces established along a natural corridor.

Community residents have also mentioned the need for the trail to the council, such Selma resident Mark Brookin. From Chicago, Ill, Brookin said he missed the bike trails that were widely available in his hometown, and wished Selma had some of its own, according to a previous Times-Journal article.

The group briefly discussed the Bike Share Plan Program on Thursday and intend to talk in further detail during the next council meeting.