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|Officials set to open city bike paths|
Mayor Jamie Mayo and the city council will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the first two official bike paths in the city of Monroe at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Forsythe Park.
The bike trails are the result of over a year of cooperative efforts between the City of Monroe (Engineering, Public Works, Monroe Transit, and Planning & Urban Development), Monroe Advocates for Safe Streets, and the Rotary Club of Monroe.
Mayo and other city officials will join representatives from MASS and local students for an inaugural bike ride immediately following the ribbon cutting. Each of the two bike paths begin in Forsythe Park. One route goes to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, while the other path goes to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
City of Monroe Planning & Urban Development Director Chris Fisher said, "We are extremely excited to complete one of the projects included in our new comprehensive plan. This is the result of teamwork and is a project which the entire community can enjoy."
City of Monroe Planning & Zoning Division Head Joanne Poret added,"Our objective is to provide safer biking and pedestrian routes to key destination points. Now, families, commuters, area cyclists and runners can enjoy using a safe route to reach our Zoo and ULM."
MASS is a nonprofit corporation and member of the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The group was founded by Miles Luke, a 90 year-old cyclist and 6-time Senior Olympian. Other founding members are: J.J. Dixon; Brian Murray; Craig Lott; David Boles (The Bike Source); and, Jake Metzger.
MASS Founder Miles Luke said, "This project is a dream come true and will be enjoyed for generations. We invite the community to come out and enjoy the activities on Oct. 30.