Residents along Parkway Boulevard in Coppell have some concerns about the possibility of an area for bicyclists to ride along the largely residential thoroughfare.
“We support the bike plan and biking is important, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of its citizens and it shouldn’t come at the cost of a select few citizens,” said Connie Tankersley Tuesday evening at a Coppell City Council meeting.
Various proposals have been presented to the public, including a bike lane separated from the roadway by a parking lane, and a bike lane along the curb, where many residents already park.
Herschel Lander has lived on Parkway since 1985. Now he can pull up to the curb and has 11 feet to park and open his car door. This plan would cut that space, he said, also noting his concern about property values plummeting. That’s something that Tankersley and others worry about too.
Ken Griffin, Coppell’s director of engineering, said his department is trying to coordinate with the parks department, because part of Parkway needs to be rebuilt. Heartz Road to Moore Road will be redone, both departments are trying to align with the city’s master plan, Griffin said.
“We don’t want to limit the master plan either now or in the future,” he said. “We are standing behind the parks department and are supporting them.”
Evelyn Scurry bought her home on Meadowglen Circle adjacent to Parkway five years ago. She moved to the street to be close to her daughter. Scurry drives her granddaughter to and from kindergarten each day.
“I like to drive her to the curb in front of the house and help her out,” Scurry said. “I walk with a cane and it’s harder for me to walk around the car.
“There will be higher taxes for everyone to pay. There will be noise and construction for a long time. There will be much inconvenience for parking because the parking places will be smaller.”
As of now, residents on Parkway can park their cars on the street in front of their homes.
“Front lawns will make homes look like apartments with no curb appeal and with no pretty green grass,” Scurry said. “Not what residents wanted when they bought their homes.”
Several residents mentioned their preference for a bike trail to go down Sandy Lake Road because it is already wider and leads to McInnish Park in Carrollton.
And then there’s safety.
“We fought so hard to get the bike people grant them the permission to be in the roads ...,” resident Jason Tankersley said. “But when you put them behind our cars and use our cars as shields and buffers … think it’s more of a hazard trying to hide them inside and push them against the curb.”