Staff is recommending 8-10 foot trails rather than 5 foot sidewalks. The roads being recommended for trails are either residential collector roadways or neighborhood roads with connectivity to major pedestrian generators including Ojibway Park, Chippewa Park, and Royal Oaks Elementary School. Feedback from the neighborhood last year indicated concerns for snow removal on sidewalks, and if trails are constructed residents are not responsible for snow removal. Trails also allow for two way bike traffic, which is expected based on the parks and schools located in the neighborhood.
The final design will look at opportunities to shift the roadway to reduce impacts on the side of the road with the proposed trail.