Stafford County is looking for some advice on its plans to continue developing biking and walking trails.

Residents can take part in two forums to discuss proposed updates to the county’s nonbinding Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, which was adopted in 1996. The first meeting will be Wednesday at the William J. Howell Library, 806 Lyons Blvd., while the second takes place Aug. 27 at North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Road. Both meetings will last from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.



The forums come as Stafford works to extend its Belmont–Ferry Farm Trail to downtown Fredericksburg by the end of the year. The new section will begin near Pratt Park’s River Road entrance, continue under Chatham Bridge and curve up to the bridge’s sidewalks.

That trail would eventually extend past Ferry Farm to the King George County line on Kings Highway, under the current proposal. The county also wants to build a trail stretching from the Falmouth Historic District to the Prince William County line near Widewater Road.

The county would likely need to acquire numerous easements to create the trails. That can be a difficult hurdle because some property owners worry public paths will lead to more crime—a fear trail advocates say is unfounded.

Residents can view the trails plan and participate in an online survey at staffordcountyva.gov/staffordbikepedplan.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402 jbranscome@freelancestar.com

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