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Bike path ideas resurface in Carolina Forest

Published: Sep. 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Safe places to walk or ride your bike along Carolina Forest Boulevard are few and far between, but now one organization hopes county funding could change that.

The Horry County Transportation Committee is expected to discuss the potential for bike paths to be built along the busy road. Officials say the discussion item was added to Tuesday's agenda following a letter forwarded by Sen. Luke Rankin.

The letter, obtained by WMBF News, was inked by Carolina Forest Civic Association President Dennis DiSabato.

In the letter, DiSabato raises concerns about the safety of bikers and pedestrians who travel along the busy road. He says with the completion of the Palmetto Adventureland Playground and anticipated completion of a new county library, the number of people traveling on the road could increase dramatically.

DiSabato says he fears some of that foot and bike traffic could be children.

While no concrete plans have been discussed or developed, residents like Rosalind Daminger says she's been waiting years for a bike path. She says when she moved to Carolina Forest, she was told a bike path was in the works and Carolina Forest Boulevard would be pedestrian-friendly.

Years later, she says that's far from the case.

"[Pedestrians and bikers] are wearing dark clothing, and if they're walking along Carolina Forest Boulevard at night, it's very hard to see where they are. It's very hard to avoid them because they don't walk in the high grass," she explained.

Her husband, Ray, agrees and says people traveling by bike or foot along the busy road pose big threats to drivers, too. When we asked him why he chooses to walk and exercise in his neighborhood, he had a simple answer.

"We would love to go out there if there were a bike path, but we dare not venture out there the way it is now," he said.

Horry County officials say if bike path plans are developed and meet certain requirements, the project could be eligible for South Carolina Gas Tax funds distributed to the Horry County Transportation Committee.

The idea remains in its early stages, with no concrete plans or funding secured.

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