Garden City Greenbelt Debate Leads to Special Election Petition

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In the continued fight over access to a portion of the Greenbelt in Garden City, the Citizens for an Open Greenbelt have a new plan.

At issue is more than a mile stretch of the Greenbelt on which bikes are banned. Supporters of the ban have called the path a nature path, while critics, like COG, suggest the neighboring homeowners have worked to discriminate against bicycles.

After attempts to litigate with Garden City's government, to work with the State of Idaho and to hold protests, COG now brings a petition of signatures to the city calling for a special election this fall.

COG says it has put together 120 signatures, which is enough for Garden City to add two specific initiatives to a fall ballot. The first would cancel the ordinance restricting bike usage on any portion of the city's Greenbelt, while the second would require a vote of the people to place restrictions on non-motorized traffic on the path.

Attorney T.J. Angstman is representing COG and plans to deliver the petitions to Garden City Hall on Monday, July 16, at 11 a.m.