City officials in Garden City continue to run up the legal bill to fight bicyclists seeking to enforce an agreement to allow two wheelers to peddle along the greenbelt north shore west of Glenwood.
They will have to defend their decision to ban bike riding in a lawsuit filed by the Citizens for an Open Greenbelt (COG) in a trial set for February 21, 2012.
The city application to the Idaho Parks Department for a grant of more than $800,000 to build a pedestrian bridge was turned down by Parks. The city never had the Corps of Engineers sign off on the application and the grant would have eaten up most of the state funds for local projects if awarded.
It looked like the bridge project would have been an attempt to mitigate the access issue by rerouting bikes from the north to the south bank of the river. As it stands now, the cyclists will be banned for another season, but their court case has not been bolstered.
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