More than 52 percent of Garden City voters said Nov. 6 that they didn't want to see the city restrict non-motorized uses of the Greenbelt, unless restrictions are ratified by the public in a referendum vote.
That initiative dubbed Initiative B on the November ballot may be repealed the same day it becomes part of city code.
The Garden City Council will discuss the impact of Initiative B in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St. At 6 p.m., the council will take up the initiative, both adding it to city code and possibly repealing it. There won't be a public hearing at the meeting, but written and verbal comments will be accepted.
Mayor John Evans said the new ordinance would be too far-reaching, conflicting with statutory regulatory authority granted to cities in the state constitution.
"You couldn't restrict bike races on the Greenbelt. You couldn't even restrict for emergency closures," Evans said. "It's an unworkable ordinance."
Garden City voters rejected another initiative on the ballot Nov. 6 Initiative A which would have repealed a section of city code that allows officials to restrict the use of bicycles on designated sections of the Greenbelt.
The group Citizens for an Open Greenbelt, which been pushing for bicycle access on Garden City's pedestrian-only Nature Path since 2007, promoted the two initiatives.