More than 20 bicyclists gathered at the Middlesboro city parking lot Tuesday to celebrate the beginning of a bike-friendly movement brought about by Discover Downtown Middlesboro (DDM).
This event was modeled after an event in Texas called Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The event generated thousands of dollars for improvement in the Dallas area which were bike-related. In turn, it made streets safer for those on two wheels.
“If we do nothing we can’t expect things to change. But, if we do something to welcome cyclists here, that has the chance to drive our economy and create lots of jobs and just improve the quality of life here for everyone,” said Isaac Kremer, director of Discover Downtown Middlesboro.
Bike parking, sharrows and bike lanes are plans Kremer says will benefit the area and local cyclists. A sharrow is a street marking placed in the center of a travel lane to indicate that a bicyclist may use the full lane.
This bike-friendly movement is part of the statewide Trail Towns initiative which should attract people to the Middlesboro area who have an interest in biking and hiking.
As part of the trail initiative, DDM has purchased walking trail signage to be installed on Oct. 25 at the Build a Better Block event.
The signs map out a walking trail that will reach from Cumberland Gap National Park to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Middlesboro campus.
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