West Ashley bikers will be getting one pedal closer to the Ashley River this week. Charleston County will be hosting a public meeting on July 9 to discuss potential routes for a bike path from Albemarle Road to the Ashley River Bridge.

The meeting, at 6 p.m. at St. Andrews Elementary School, is open to the public for comments and questions. Participants will also be able to review and vote on designs and alignments for the path. The three possibilities include routes running from 1,300 feet to 2,700 feet and varying in their impact on the marsh and the roadside.

The path will be funded through the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax through the RoadWise program, which funds transportation and greenspace projects.

Bike enthusiasts have been encouraged to come out and show their support for the bike route, which will connect a future bridge path to the West Ashley Greenway, says Tom Bradford with Charleston Moves, a local advocate for more bike-able, walk-able alternatives.

“Charleston Moves believes (the new path) deals with a key ‘missing link’ in the growing network of paths usable by runners, pedestrians and cyclists,” Bradford told supporters in a recent e-mail. —Lindsay Frost