Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray made another video on the proposed bike path on West River Parkway Sunday, and he’s not backing down on his vision for the road.
It’s his second video on West River Parkway.
In the video, McMurray acknowledges some of the complaints residents have voiced in opposition to the bike path.
“Some of you like the parkway as it is, and you enjoy driving your car on it,” he says in the video, which cuts to a man driving on the parkway, in a “joyride reenactment.”
McMurray said he’s also heard complaints from residents that the bike path will have an impact on security, and lead to “strange people” coming around.
While acknowledging that some residents will protest the bike path, McMurray asks residents to “think different” in the video.
“I think we can create something really beautiful on West River,” he says.
Under the proposed plan, the parkway would be resurfaced, no lighting or guardrails would be added, and there would not be an impact on the waterfront.
Money from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will fund the proposed 8-mile project if it moves forward, McMurray said.
A public information meeting will be held by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on the proposed bike trail at 6 p.m. July 20 at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.
As for the videos, McMurray said he’s trying to reach a wider audience.
“I think this is what people want,” he said, referring to his approach. “Especially young people.”
This article was written by Michael Canfield.