ARLINGTON, Va. — On Saturday morning, I rode my bicycle over to the Four Mile Run Trail groundbreaking ceremony for the missing link in the trail. Some details from the Arlington County press release:
The planned route will eliminate nearly a mile of on-street riding and difficult road crossings, offering a safer, more direct path along Four Mile Run for walkers, runners and cyclists.
“The new Four Mile Run trail connection will offer bike commuters a quicker, safer route. It provides those riding for recreation with more trail options. Bicycle commuting takes cars off the road, which reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Paul Ferguson. “It is also a great way to get exercise.”
Several public officials spoke, including Alexandria mayor William D. Euille and Jim Moran, U.S. Representative for the eighth district. BikeArlington, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the League of American Bicyclists also had representatives in attendance. The League of American Bicyclists presented Arlington County with a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award. Handouts with press releases, maps as well as Hershey kisses and bike bells were provided.
I am really looking forward to Four Mile Run Trail being made contiguous (Moran’s second favorite word; he said earmark more, though this was funded by the county, not the feds) to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Unfortunately, the trail isn’t scheduled to open until 2009. [flickr set: Four Mile Run Trail extension groundbreaking]
I learned about this event from WashCycle