Is bike trail to Beloit a good idea?
An off-road bicycle trail now stretches from Janesville into Afton. Supporters want to continue it to Beloit. Someday, they envision it perhaps extending all the way to Chicago. Plans also call for extending it from Janesville to the Jefferson Glacial River Trail at County N north of Milton.
Trail planners have hosted meetings this week and last week to gather public input.
Some residents have expressed concerns about property values and fear the trail runs too close to their homes. Others question the cost to extend the trail from Afton to Beloit, particularly when governments are struggling to provide basic services. A consultant estimates that cost at $3.3 million, but Dean Paynter, president of the Rock Trail Coalition, believes it could be done for less. Some critics suggest it would essentially duplicate the bike lanes on the shoulders of nearby Afton Road.
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.