Davenport bike trail on the path to approval


A bike trail off Marquette Street is one step closer to being a reality. 

It’s continuing coverage of a story Local 4 News has been following since May of last year.

At the time, Dan Hankner proposed a bike trail in a wooded area off the 4300 block of Marquette Street. He and friend took it upon themselves to clear a path and build a small bridge. But concerns from neighbors put those plans on hold. 

Since then, Hankner started the “Save The Trails!” Facebook page, which now has over 550 supporters. He’s also been working with concerned neighbors and the Davenport city leaders to get their bike path approved

On Wednesday night, after no public complaints, city council gave the green light for the final vote next week. 

Hankner says while it’s been a long time in the making, the final product will be worth the wait. 

“We came a long way and worked with the neighbors and worked with the aldermen to come up with a plan that’s condusive for everybody,” said Hankner. “And it really makes everybody happy and I think that’s one of the reasons why everybody at this point is on board with it and so I have every confidence that they’re going to vote yes for it and I hope we’ll be able to start constructing in Spring.”

Hankner says since the trail will be built entirely through volunteer labor, it’s projected to take about three years to complete. But he says if they are approved to break ground in the Spring, they hope to have it partially open to the public by this summer. 

“Even though it’s kind of an end of a beginning because we still have all the work to do with the trails,” said Hankner. “But we are definitely excited for that and we’re looking forward to the Spring to get in there and starting doing what we’ve been wanting to do this whole time.”

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