Scenic Loop Road Area Citizens’ Petition
To reduce Scenic Loop Road Safety Hazards
To: Bexar County Commissioner’s Court
Background: Over the past few years, an eight-mile stretch of Scenic Loop Road from Bandera Road to Boerne Stage Road, has experienced a rapidly increasing amount of bikers, hikers, and joggers. This has become a popular area for environmental and health enthusiasts due to the many amenities and ambiance of nature, along with the hilly terrain, curvy lane, vegetation, clean air, teaming wildlife, and country atmosphere.
Seven miles of the road are in Bexar County with one-half mile sections in both Grey Forest and Helotes. Narrow road shoulders (2’-4’) exist in the three mile area from Helotes up to Grey Forest. The remaining five mile stretch from Grey Forest to Boerne Stage Road has no road shoulders.
In 1985, a bond issue was passed to raise and widen all of the low water crossings on this stretch of road. However, the bond money was insufficient to modify three of these sites between Bluehill Pass and the Boerne Stage Road. It was at this same time that the county planned to acquire large amounts of private property on both sides of the road in order to widen Scenic Loop Roads to four lanes with a fifth turning lane to support developers. The area residents with a single voice convinced the County Commissioner and the County Engineer that this would never happen.
About 15 years ago, the county offered to place, at county expense, shoulders on the portion of Scenic Loop Road going through Grey Forest. This generous offer was refused by the city leaders. About 5 years ago, the county again offered to provide the material for shoulders on this road portion, but again, the city refused to accept this offer.
Three years ago, Ed Scharf sent emails to county and city officials detailing the looming safety crises on Scenic Loop Road. No action was taken by these officials. Today, the safety crisis has increased dramatically with an ever growing number of bikers, hikers, joggers dangerously intermingling with an also growing number of vehicles and large trucks. There are virtually hundreds of incidents just waiting for the right place and time for injurious or fatal accidents to happen.
Therefore, we the concerned residents, along with the concerned bikers, hikers, and joggers of the Scenic Loop Road area petition for the following conditions:
Install very wide asphalt road shoulders on both sides of Scenic Loop Road and
designate these shoulders for the exclusive use of bikers, hikers, and joggers that must remain within the marked boundaries of these shoulders, where possible.
‘No Thoroughfare’ signs to be erected at both ends of Scenic Loop Road to eliminate thru traffic by heavy trucks.
County and City Police to enforce these restrictions along with all traffic laws.
City Public Service Energy to remove double poles which restrict vision at driveways.