RIVERDALE -- Residents and city officials are concerned that bicyclists and pedestrians cannot safely pass from Riverdale into Roy, especially when crossing the intersections leading to freeways.
"There are no routes to safely ride or walk our way west into Roy," Jamie Neff said in a letter read during a recent Riverdale City Council meeting.
"Biking is popular, and we haven't accommodated bikers and walkers," said Councilman Don Hunt.
Keith Manning, who often bikes in the Riverdale area, said he is concerned about the accumulation of debris on the shoulders of area bridges.
"To keep from getting a flat tire, you have to ride to the extreme left, putting you in harm's way of oncoming traffic," he said. "Please keep safety in mind."
The council recently passed updates to the general plan so that it calls for more bike- and pedestrian-friendly corridors throughout Riverdale.
The plan calls for defining "bicycle and pedestrian corridors to connect residential facilities, trails, parks, schools and retail centers."
It also calls for coordinating "with neighboring cities and (the Utah Department of Transportation) to enhance the safety of bicycle and pedestrian corridors through signage, striping and/or other improvements where needed to protect pedestrians and cyclists."
Council members believe this is a good time to look at the changes.
"With the economy and price of gas, we will see more and more people bicycling," said Councilman Norm Searle.
Avid cyclist Mark Myers agrees.
"Cycling is a growing sport," Myers said in a letter read during a council meeting. "It would be great to be a community that leads out (in bicycling safety) in Utah."
City council members discussed the possibility of partnering with Roy and the state to find a solution.