Charleston city officials want to build a two-lane bicycle path along Kanawha Boulevard from Magic Island to Patrick Street.
Such a path would raise the quality of life on the West Side. A stroll or a ride along the river in the spring, summer or fall is one of the many blessings of living in Charleston.
Funding for the path would come from a $1.7 million federal earmark secured to help fund the ill-fated plan to transform an unused train trestle into a walking-biking river crossing. That project is on hold right now.
In designing a two-way bike path, the city must not impede the vehicular traffic that uses the Boulevard.
Accommodating the bicycling minority should not come at the expense of the motoring majority, which includes many people who because of age, infirmity or personal preference won't be biking.