Dublin City Council has put the brakes on a decision regarding a bike trail for Brand Road.

Dublin City Council has put the brakes on a decision regarding a bike trail for Brand Road.

Council members on June 27 requested more information on a recommendation for a leisure trail for parts of Brand Road, between Dublin Road and Muirfield Drive.

In March, council heard three options for an east-west bike-trail connector on Brand Road but delayed the vote to gain residents' comments.

During the June 27 meeting, assistant city engineer Jeannie Willis recommended that the city install a multi-use path on the north side of Brand Road, between Dublin Road and Brandonway Drive, and another multi-use trail on the south side of Brand Road, between Bristol Parkway and Muirfield Drive.

A 2,200-foot area between Bristol and the intersection of Brandonway and Earlington Parkway would not get a path, Willis said.

"We feel very comfortable with no path between Bristol Parkway and Earlington," she said, noting that residents could use leisure trails that go through the Dublinshire subdivision, south of Brand.

A few previous options for trails on Brand Road included bike lanes, which would bring the need to widen the road to include two 4-foot lanes for cyclists.

Willis said none of those options is included in the proposed $1,025,000 project.

The proposed leisure trails would be set far enough off the road to allow for the future installation of bike lanes, Willis said.

"The path will be far enough away (from the road) so it won't be affected if a bike lane is added," she said.

Council member John Reiner called the proposal without a segment between Bristol Parkway and the Brandonway-Earlington intersection "counterproductive."

"I can't agree with this," he said. "The intent is to have an east-west connector."

Willis said the north fork of Indian Run, near Brand Road, posed challenges for a leisure trail in that area.

Some residents in attendance disagreed with the entire project.

"I'm entirely opposed to this," Brand Road resident Dave Jenkins said, noting safety concerns. "It's very dangerous to pull out of my driveway. It's an accident waiting to happen."

"A Brand Road bike path is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard," Mitch Grant told council members.

Residents also spoke against bike lanes that would widen Brand Road and threaten the "rural characteristic" of Brand Road.

Rich Weirich, however, said six homeowners associations and their members have sent council more than 1,000 letters in support of this project.

"Residents in my subdivision have been anxiously awaiting this connection," he said.

Most council members said they do not support bike lanes or the resulting Brand Road widening.

"I rely on the community plan, and Brand Road has rural characteristics that need to be preserved," council member Richard Gerber said.

Council member Michael Keenan, along with others, requested more information on how heavily some residents on Brand would be affected and about the feasibility of the proposed leisure trails being moved closer to the road.

Staff members plan to return with the requested information for the Aug. 1 council meeting, when a vote likely will occur.