Neighbors in Santa Ana’s Santiago Park who support the completion of a bike trial have launched an online petition to apply pressure for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and the Santa Ana city council to finish the bike path.
Bruce Bauer, a Santa Ana resident and a member of the Santiago Greenway Alliance, and other members of the organization have sent links to the online petition with an appeal for support from all citizens in Orange County. While the unpaved section of the bike path along the creek is in Santa Ana, this is more than a city-wide issue but is instead a county-wide issue because the idea of the bike path from the mountains to the sea traverses several cities in OC. The community group , the Santiago Greenway Alliance, is trying to apply some pressure on city leaders to have the city finish the bike path.
“For decades it has been a goal to establish a continuous bike trail from Santiago Oaks Park to connect with the Santa Ana River Trail in the city of Santa Ana, a distance of 9.7 trail miles.” said Bauer. “With the recent completion of 8.5 trail miles by the city of Orange, this is one section needed to complete the entire trail located in Santa Ana. This ‘missing link’ is the quarter-mile gap located in Santa Ana, in the Santiago Creek, between the I-5 Freeway and Fisher Park.
He added, “This area, currently a repository for trash and graffiti as well as a haven for vagrancy, is very difficult to monitor and police. A paved bike trail will remedy much of this by providing public use and police access in addition to completing this important regional trail. This goal has much broader implications since it would connect two National Recreation Trails (Mountains to Sea Trail and the Santa Ana River Trail). “
The entire City Council of Orange and its mayor supported the trail in their City (and it was almost nine miles), and the group is having trouble getting a ¼ mile approved in Santa Ana.
Bauer’s pitch asks for support within and outside the city of Santa Ana. “It’ll just take a minute! Also, you can have others sign it in your household, spouses, etc. You don’t have to be a resident of Santa Ana to support this idea,” he said.
The online petition can be signed by clicking here.