The "Gateway to Brunswick County" has plans to for a new path of the two wheel variety. Residents had their chance to tell Leland town officials what they think about proposed bike trails Tuesday night. Leland residents say a bike path will do more than just enhance the quality of life in the fast growing town. It will make it safer. Residents say bicycle and pedestrian safety has been a problem for years, and a bike path is long overdue. "There's no place to really bike. There are no really good streets. The roads are very crowded, there's no place to ride your bike," Bicyclist and Leland resident, Bill Culpepper said. Many say trying to ride a bike anywhere in the town is not just inconvenient but unsafe. "I got out last week and rode my bike down Village Road just to give it a try and I will never do it again," Resident Robert Woody said. That's one of the reasons the plan for a bike path is in the works. A town meeting gave residents the chance to give input about the possible route and discuss some of the potential problems. Right now, the plan for the bike path is still in it's infancy. Town officials are gathering resident input to come up with a final route. People who live in Leland say now there's just too much traffic and it's only going to get worse. "In 1985 my sister was struck and hit by a car while leaving school on Old Fayetteville Road," Robert Woody said, "These sidewalks and bikepaths are way past due." The DOT has given more than twenty thousand dollars to the town for the bike path. Once the plan is complete, the town will then look for grants to fund the rest of the project.
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