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There are plans for a new bike path in one town. It's the first stage in a large scale project to one day have connecting bike paths throughout the Pioneer Valley.

West Springfield will hold a public meeting Tuesday night to share their plans.

Diagrams are drawn and maps have been made, all in preparation of tonight's meeting to discuss plans for a 1.5 mile bike path in West Springfield.

It's a development the city hopes will make the area a hot spot.

"This is a great way to bring people to the river. We're gonna bring them back, enhance this area of town, and build off this in the future," said West Springfield city engineer Jim Czach.

It's all part of a long-planned development by the the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in the 1990s for the communities of Agawam, West Springfield, Springfield and Holyoke to have a connected riverwalk for recreation and transportation.

Czach hopes this first phase is a push toward that.

"That's the dream. That's the vision. The idea for this is to connect north to Holyoke and south to Agawam and Springfield," Czach added.

Residents also hope it will make West Springfield more of a destination.

"I think they need more safe things for tourists." said Leana Blain, of West Springfield.

The city will hold a public information meeting on the plans Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

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