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With a plan to secure bicycle-friendly status on its mind, City Hall moves to fix year-old flood damage to city trails

In City Hall, Floods on June 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

There has some talk here in recent weeks and months about the city’s ambition to win a designation from the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle-friendly city.

The city intends to submit a formal application to the League in August.

The enthusiasm in trying to secure such a cool-factor designation stands in contrast to the speed in which the city has moved to a repair section of the heavily used, flood-damaged Cedar River Trail below Czech Village.

The pace of the trail repair prompted City Council member Pat Shey some weeks ago to wonder if work couldn’t get moving on the project.

The City Council now has set a public hearing for its June 24 meeting to discuss the plans for repairing flood damage not only to the Cedar River Trail, but also to the Sac and Fox Trail and to the Ellis Trail. The work, estimated to cost $330,000, also will include fixes to the A Street SW levee, reports Rob Davis, the city’s engineering manager.

As now scheduled, bids on the work will be opened July 2. Construction will start Aug. 10 with the priority to be the Cedar River Trail. All construction should be done by September, Davis says.

As sections to the trails are complete they will be formally opened for use.

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  1. The City’s priorities are beyond comprehension. $330,000 for trails $100,000 to neighborhood associations for flood victims. I wonder how many cyclist, who use the trails will volunteer time to help? Probably none, but they will sure demand that the City get busy and fix the trails that they contribute nothing to. Oh, and lets not forget the high priority of the City be named a bicycle friendly City.Only 141 days till election day.

  2. Stop and think about why so much money is going to fix the trails.
    Hint:who on the City Council rides bikes and have been pushing for bike paths.

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