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Salisbury City Park bike trail plans revived

Salisbury resident Jeff Dean, crew leader of the Eastern Shore chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, rides part of a trail east of Memorial Plaza in City Park. The group hopes to reach an agreement with the city to allow its members to refurbish and care for an existing 3.5 mile trail system used mainly by joggers. If the plan is approved, Salisbury would be home to the second official mountain biking trail in the area, with the first located in Pocomoke. Laura Emmons photo.

Salisbury resident Jeff Dean, crew leader of the Eastern Shore chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, rides part of a trail east of Memorial Plaza in City Park. The group hopes to reach an agreement with the city to allow its members to refurbish and care for an existing 3.5 mile trail system used mainly by joggers. If the plan is approved, Salisbury would be home to the second official mountain biking trail in the area, with the first located in Pocomoke. Laura Emmons photo.

As I reported last week, several initiatives blocked by the previous Salisbury City Council majority are seeing new life in the wake of April’s balance-tipping election.

Here’s another one: a local bicycling group’s proposal to develop and maintain a mountain-biking trail in the City Park.

The newly reconstituted council will consider whether to move forward with a written agreement between the city and the Eastern Shore chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

The discussion is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Government Office Building, room 301, at 125 N. Division St. Since it’s a work session, the council can’t formally vote on it, but they can provide direction to staff and schedule the matter for an upcoming meeting.

Back in December, the council grilled the group, questioning whether the trails would accelerate erosion, interfere with jogging and deter wildlife in one of the quieter portions of the park. The trails would be developed in the wooded section east of the dog park.

The new council, led by Council President Jake Day, approved a skate park Monday not far from the proposed bike trails. That was another project put on the back burner by the last council.

Skateboarders are happy now. Could bikers be next?

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