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|Monroe reschedules bike path opening|
Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council are pleased to announce the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first two official bike paths in the City of Monroe will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Forsythe Park.
The event was originally to talk place Oct. 30, but was rescheduled due to weather concerns.
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 (MASS), and the Rotary Club of Monroe. Mayor Jamie 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 at Monroe.
City of Monroe Planning & Urban Development Director Chris Fisher comments, "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 adds, "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 adds, "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 October 30. Bring your bike or running shoes and let's have fun while getting a little exercise!"
Some benefits to having the new paths:
1. Safe personal transportation. Signs and other indicators are on the paths. This also is a way to educate drivers and others about proper traffic procedures and safety practices.
2. Promotes healthy activities (biking, walking, jogging).
3. Reduces dependance on gasoline and powered transportation.
4. Reduces traffic.
5. Improves the environment and our overall quality of life in Monroe.