In response to a citizens’ petition, the Los Alamos County Council voted 6–0 on Tuesday to direct staff to investigate options for building an urban bike path through downtown Los Alamos and return with a recommendation for action within 90 days. Councilor Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
The petition submitted by Brenda Fleming requested a paved, two-lane path accessible to bicyclists, wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.
Fleming suggested a path leading from the Canyon Rim Trail to Central Avenue, past storefronts, museums, Ashley Pond and Fuller Lodge to the nature center and aquatic center, with a possible extension to residential areas.
“This would just be an awesome opportunity to increase tourism for families, bikers, wheelchairs, anyone who wants to enjoy nature in our town, increase accessibility,” Fleming said.
“I think it would actually help our local businesses be exposed, especially if we added paths that led to the co-op and some of these other hidden places. I think it would just be a great addition to our town.”
Approximately 85 people supported Fleming’s proposal through both physical and online petitions.