For the thousands of us who regularly use the off-street trails in Bozeman, interconnections are making our trails a true gem in our community park and recreation system. New trail connections, such as the Painted Hills Gap trail and the trail to the M, help remedy the “dead end quandary,” where a great off-street trail suddenly stops at a fence or comes to a dangerous narrow road with no shoulder.

This is why I urge support for the proposal to create a new Frontage Road Pathway connecting the Cherry River Fishing Access Site (North Seventh) to the intersection of North 19th Avenue and Springhill Road. With a continuation route past the NorthWestern Energy solar site on city property to the Valley Center Spur, this diagonal segment will give safe access between the magnificent north side trail system that envelops Story Mill Park and Glen Lake Park, all the way out to the growing northwest part of our city.

Residents of the Bozeman area take great pride in our multipurpose trail network. If you have lived in Bozeman for any period of time, you undoubtedly have had the experience of using a trail for getting to school, walking the dog, or simply exploring our civic landscape with a leisurely stroll. If you are new to town, I hope you will seek out a trail near your home and discover the quiet pathways and green corridors that bind together our growing municipality.

With community support and good trail planning, we can work together to enhance opportunities for non-motorized trail access within and around the obstacle presented by the I-90 corridor that snakes through town. Please join me and our many community organizations that support the proposed Frontage Road Pathway between North Seventh and North 19th.

Rob Maher