RANSON, W.Va. — Perry J. Keller is criss-crossing the state this month to gather opinions on bicycle paths.
Keller, a planner with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, held the first of eight informational meetings Thursday afternoon in the Ranson City Hall. About 25 people attended.
They were asked to add their opinions on improving cycling in the Eastern Panhandle on a color-coded map.
The transportation department needs the information for a study to identify proposed designated and signed bicycle routes along the state highway systems like the 11-mile paved biking/hiking path beside the newly opened W.Va. 9 between Ranson and Martinsburg.
Such paths would become part of an expansion of the U.S. Bicycle Route System. The idea is to connect West Virginia cities and communities with bike routes in other states.