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City Only Approves Portion Of Controversial Citrus Heights Bike Trail

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CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — Residents attempted one last time to convince the city that a creekside bike trail is not a good idea.

CBS13 first brought you this story two weeks ago about a proposed 16-mile bike trail along Citrus Heights creek beds. In some places the trail runs just a few feet from people’s backyards.

Gerry Vinson says the trail not only ruins his property, but it also kills off the environment along the creeks.

“The trail would go up along my deck area, and that means I’m being cut off from my other segment of property, and that doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

He also worries it will make the area less safe.

“I think the report needs to go back to the planning division and be reanalyzed,” he said, “and these areas that are incapable of being developed should be taken off the plan altogether.”

Others spoke out in favor of the trail, saying it would promote a more active lifestyle and more accessibility.

“It will help us get to places without having to navigate the streets, which have a lot of high-speed traffic that places walkers and bicyclists at risk,” said one woman.

But others who live along  the creek don’t think what the trail brings is worth what it takes away.

“I actually like to ride bikes, but I don’t want to ride it through someone else’s backyard,” said Ned Telford.

The board decided to go forward with only a 4-mile portion of the 16-mile project on Thursday, setting aside the more controversial portions for later.

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