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Imagine being able to walk or ride a bike across the entire county.

City Manager Jason Molino explains why the City of Batavia is joining with the Towns of Batavia and Pembroke and the county to try and obtain a competitive grant to create a single path.

“Part of our planning with the BOA (Batavia Opportunity Area Plan) was to develop more pedestrian-friendly improvements to multi-modal aspects of pedestrian and bicycle traffic," Molino said. "What we’re talking about is a recreational bicycle path that hopefully in the long run will connect the east and west sides of the county together, so you can ride or walk continuously from the Erie County line to the Livingston County line.”

The Transportation Enhancement Program or TEP is offering grants of $200,000 to $2.5 million.

The current project detail includes a trail starting in East Pembroke, continuing through the City and ending just outside the east end of the City at the recently-approved 76-unit residential subdivision in the Town of Batavia. TEP funding covers 80 percent of project costs.

While the project complements the plan, this specific project is too nascent to be addressed at the BOA meeting July 29; but Molino has high hopes for its impact on downtown Batavia.

“What this does for the downtown is it creates the opportunity for more activity and traffic in our downtown which is our primary commerce area," he said. "It connects the economic centers and creates more activity for our downtown businesses and our downtown in general.”

Molino says the three municipalities are working with National Grid as well as private businesses and property owners to develop a route for the trail. More details, including how much money the program would require will be determined in the “next several weeks.”

In 2006 the City received $500,000 of TEP funding to complete the Ellicott Streetscape Project which cost $750,000 total.

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