The Committee for an Open Greenbelt (COG) filed petitions today containing more than 130 signatures from Garden City residents on two initiative petitions seeking to overturn the Bike Ban.
According to the group, once the signatures are validated the City Council must call for a special election. The election will apparently allow the residents of Garden City to decide if they want a truly open Boise River Greenbelt.
Two Initiatives will be submitted to the City Clerk of Garden City. One rescinds the ordinance that allows the Garden City Council to restrict bike riding on any section of the Greenbelt in Garden City. The second initiative prohibits the City Council from placing any restrictions on non motorized travel on the Garden City Greenbelt without the popular vote of the people.
The clerk told the GUARDIAN approximately 70 valid signatures are required to force the election. Ada County elections office will verify the signatures since they hold the voter registration records.
COG has engaged in a long battle with the Garden City Mayor and Council. In a press release COG said, “The cause is simple, this is about a City placing unjust restrictions on the use of the Boise River Greenbelt for the interests of a few. It is about families with their children, commuters, and recreationists wanting to ride their bikes on the Greenbelt as it was envisioned without risking their safety on the streets.”
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