This is in response to Commissioner Nancy McKeen's comment regarding the bike path from Edison High School to the Village of Milan. I find her comment calling this forward-thinking concept "the stupidest thing I ever heard of" to be unfounded to say the least.
I am one of the many people from Milan who use the roads in and around Milan for exercise. The village itself has a limited number of sidewalks, so residents must use alternate routes, as our village is surrounded by state routes on all sides. Pedestrians and bicycles must therefore travel on the soft gravel shoulder of Ohio 113, a few feet away from cars and trucks traveling 55 mph, including directly in front of Edison High School.
Injuries and fatalities have occurred in the past, and will continue here and in other local communities without adequate pedestrian and bicycle routes.
The connection of a bike path between the high school and village has many positive aspects. It would allow students who don't drive a way to get to the public library after school. It would allow all families in Twin Oaks and Edison Ridge neighborhoods walking and biking access to town and vice versa. It would allow students to walk or bike to school and return home after extracurricular activities ending after bus service stops during the school year and all summer long.
More exercise and using less gasoline are both positive things we could use more of today.
In conclusion, I think many people in Milan would be in favor of the bike path, given the opportunity to voice their opinion.