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Proposed bike path through The Village neighborhood draws controversy

THE VILLAGE, Okla. (KFOR) – Blended emotions encompass a proposed bike path to link Vinyard Blvd. and Village Dr. that would reduce straight as a result of a neighborhood of senior citizens in The Village.

A lot of people of the Hawthorn community say bringing bikes by way of their neighborhood would be harmful.

The Village Mayor Sonny Wilkinson stated the proposed bicycle path is a modest component of a $12 million strategy to strengthen the village, which includes parks, playgrounds a,mnd a pavilion. He reported he has the help of a bulk of his citizens.

“Bicycles and people today do not blend,” claimed Stephen Melsh, who life on Hawthorn Dr. The proposed bike route goes right guiding his house.

Melsh loves the pedestrian sidewalk that currently operates powering his property, but hates the proposal to add a bicycle path future to it.

“We want to hold this a pedestrian area for safety motives, for aesthetic causes, for way of living factors,” he stated. “If you boost this minimal path to 10 ft, we have no thought if smaller motorcycles, three-wheeled bikes, small automobiles will commence coming up right here and we do not want to acquire that sort of opportunity and shed any lives.”

His neighbor, Henry Asin mentioned earlier this week he experienced to bounce out of the way when a motorcyclist illegally whipped down the current going for walks path. He doesn’t want any additional of these shut calls. 

“This is a senior citizens village, basically,” he claimed. “If just about anything motorized or even pedaled [moves through] below, some of these men and women are not very agile and can’t dodge these issues.”

Wilkinson stated residents would not have to fear about having strike beneath his program. 

“I consider a bike path treatments all of that,” he stated. “We get little ones off the street, a four-lane street. Senior citizens get to use this bicycle path to wander in the evening. I wander my canines on this route. I fully grasp that you never want to be strike on that path. It is not incredibly wide. I’m not suggesting that we just take walkers and put them on the similar route as bikers. I would like to individual them via below as much as we can.”

Wilkinson stated this bicycle path promotes well being and superior connects the folks of the village. He’s taking into consideration additional than just the senior citizens of Hawthorn in his eyesight.

“I signify a full city,” he stated. “While the Hawthorn Homeowner’s Affiliation does represent a whole region, and I regard that and I want to listen to that, I also have to listen to our citizens throughout the metropolis.”

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The seniors of Hawthorn HOA would like the spot of the proposed bicycle route be employed for nicer landscaping, gazebos, senior conditioning centers and the like.

Mayor Wilkinson claimed he ideas to satisfy with them before long to present his approach and go over ideas.