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Community pushes for bike and pedestrian-friendly path

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - There's a new push to make the streets of a growing Horry County community safer to bike and walk on. The Carolina Forest Civic Association (CFCA) wants to transform the town into a place where it's easy and safe for people to walk and bike around.  

"We don't want to stop with bike paths, but bike paths is what this community wanted strictly from a safety standpoint," said Dennis DiSabato Jr, spokesperson for the CFCA.

The plan drafted by a group of Horry County engineers calls for a 10-foot pathway along Carolina Forest Boulevard. It's wide enough for people to safely walk and bike on and it would connect all of the neighborhoods on the Boulevard and reach schools, churches, the library and recreation center.

The CFCA asked the county for help.  The group says the area's population continues to grow, and the people who live there need more options to get around besides driving. The new bike and pedestrian plan could put Carolina Forest one step closer to the improvements.

"This is just a planning tool in order to seek grants. You have to have a plan and you have to have a dollar amount attached to it in order to seek funding," explained Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

The next step is for the Horry County Infrastructure and Regulatory Committee to review the plan and decide if it should go to county council. If Horry County leaders eventually approve the plan, it would become part of the county's comprehensive plan. Funding would also have to be secured to cover the multimillion dollar price tag. 

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