Here is an update on the Bike Trail –
For some time efforts to convince landowners to allow the continuation of the bike trail into Bellevue from where it currently ends were made without success. At the end of 2012, the administration decided to take the strategy of bringing the trail into town on U.S. Route 20. Grants were applied for in the first half of 2013. In the second half of the year, the City was notified that the grants were approved. The combined grants from the federal government and the state level total $1,170,594.00. The cost from the City will be approximately $189,766, 14% of the total cost.
As grants go, certain steps and requirements have to be made before the funds are paid out. The current step is engineering/drawings of the trail. The drawings will be finalized by the first quarter of 2015.
If this goes as planned, we would then wait on the funds to be distributed in the second half of 2015 and, hopefully, the trail will be completed by fall of 2015.
The map shows how the trail will come into the heart of town. The Administration is looking at ways to increase safety because of the high level of traffic. Approximately 20,000 vehicles go through our town in a single day. On the other hand, I believe having the bike trail running parallel with U.S. Route 20 will be great advertising for our community in promoting the bike trail.
The bike trail will enhance the benefits of living in Bellevue. It promotes a healthy, low-cost activity that can be utilized by one or up to the whole family. As I ride the trail from Bellevue to Clyde, it’s nice to see parents riding side by side with their children.
As health costs continue to increase, one great way to prevent potential medical need is exercise. The trail can be used for bikes, jogging, walking or roller blading.
I’ve had the opportunity to go to major cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, and San Diego, among others. These cities and many others provide bike trails for their residents. A “big city” feature will soon be in our town and will provide an excellent advertising tool to attract people to move here or visit our town.