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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:18 pm    Post subject: article re: plans for multi-purpose trail in Ashland Reply with quote

Ashland Board of Commissioners approves phase one of bike route
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By CARRIE KIRSCHNER - The Independent Posted: 11/06/05 - 12:24:41 am EST

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(This article was forwarded on by Jim Ross in Ashland)


ASHLAND In continued efforts to improve the quality of life in Ashland and promote recreational development, the Ashland Board of City Commissioners approved phase one of a multi-purpose trail running from 7th Street to 35th Street Thursday night.

The first of three phases, which was first proposed by the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts several months ago at a commission meeting, will be completed sometime before July 2006, said Ashland City Commissioner Kevin Gunderson.

From 7th to 15th Street the path will travel along the railroad tracks inside the floodwall. Then from 15th to 18th it will run inside the floodwall on Front Street.

Between 18th and 23rd it will follow the alley between Greenup Avenue and Front Street and then will travel down Front Street from 23rd to 28th Street before then returning to the alley for the next block.

At 29th it will again return to Front Street until 32nd Street and then, for the remaining three blocks, will travel down old Greenup Avenue.


The path stays away from many of the heavily traveled roads in Ashland making it somewhat isolated, Gunderson said, but the benefit will be increased safety.

This route also takes advantage of riverfront views and, when the development project is completed, this path will connect to that system of pedestrian routes through the park as well, Gunderson added.

Charlie Holbrook, a founding member of the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts, a member of the FIVCO Transportation Committee and a member of the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeways Commission, said supporters of the trail were excited about the approval of phase one.

“We think we can get a good urban bicycle route around Ashland,” he said, adding members of the Ashland Cycling Enthusiasts are trying to connect as many parks and schools in the area by mulit-use trails as possible.

The trails, he added, are not just for bikers. They can be used by walkers and skaters as well.

The idea behind the pathways is to get as many people out of their cars and onto their feet as possible. Not only do multi-use paths help alleviate traffic but are healthy and could possibly help attract higher paying jobs to Ashland. “It's a quality of life thing,” Holbrook said.

According to Holbrook phase two and three will have the trail following the old C & O passenger line from Park Place to the Bluegrass Grill and then to the Catlettsburg city line along U.S. 23.

After those phases are completed, Holbrook said, the club plans to approach the Catlettsburg City Commission about extending the path through Catlettsburg with the hope of connecting to a multi-use trail already in the works in Kenova, W.Va.

“We've got long range plans,” Holbrook said, “but I think we can do it.”

CARRIE KIRSCHNER can be reached at ckirschner@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the development project is completed the route also takes advantage of riverfront views and the path will connect to that system of pedestrian routes through the park as well so it is really great thing.


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