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Higgins gets behind plan for bike path on Grand Island

Rep. Brian Higgins is supporting a plan that would transform West River Parkway in Grand Island into a bike path.

In a letter to the commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Wednesday, Higgins said the bike path would provide “the highest quality public access” to the waterfront on Grand Island. The plan proposed by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation calls for the closing of West River Parkway to motor vehicles and transformation into a bike trail.

In the letter, Higgins points to public access to waterfront areas in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the Tonawandas.

“It is important that the same progress proceed on Grand Island,” he said.

Higgins also addressed concerns raised by some have raised about the placement of parking lots proposed in the plan.

“These concerns are valid and the agency should, to the extent possible, address them substantively,” he said.

On Monday, the Town Board voted 3-2 to reject the plan. A petition circulating on social media in support of the project had received more than 260 signatures as of Wednesday night.

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