New Frisco hike and bike plan promotes more trails, on-street bike lanes

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Frisco’s new Hike & Bike Master Plan includes proposals for new trails and more on-street bike lanes to create an interconnected trail network throughout the city.

Frisco City Council approved the plan Aug. 6 unanimously, but some concerns were raised about specifics of the plan.

Robert Skinner, a resident and homeowners association board member, noted one trail in the plan goes through Newman Village, one of Frisco’s gated communities. He said residents in the community moved in not expecting the neighborhood to be open to the public.

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said the plan is a guideline for the city and the exact route of trails still needs to be evaluated. Director of Development Services John Lettelleir also said other gated communities in the city have public trails that go through them.

“We’re not opposed to a hike and bike plan in the city of Frisco; it’s great,” Skinner said. “It’s just that we’re opposed to putting a walkway through a private and gated community.”

Council Member John Keating also said some residents are not ready to see more bicycles on busy roadways. He said he was comfortable approving the plan knowing it was a 20-year, long-range plan.

“It gives for the bike community to work with [city]staff and better partner with staff to plan these routes out,” he said.

Cheney pointed out many proposed trails connect near the future University of North Texas campus, which he said could lead to a “true mobility solution for the campus.”

View the plan here.

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Lindsey Juarez Monsivais
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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