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posted Jul 31, 2014, 5:29 PM by Nathan Rome
Dear Frankfort WalkBikers-

We've been busy this summer!  Here's a recap of what's been going on, WalkBike Frankfort-wise:
  • After much on-again, off-again discussion with CSX, we had a breakthrough in June on two fronts with regard to the planned KSU-Downtown trail.  We got a new contact at CSX who seems genuinely committed to negotiating the land acquisition and the City of Frankfort began to seriously consider using its power of eminent domain.  And just to ice the cake, a recreational trails grant to cover trail prep was renewed and Frankfort received a Transportation Alternatives grant for $232,000 to cover the bulk of the actual construction.
  • Sellus Wilder and the Planning and Implementation Committee worked with the Franklin County Health Department and other community partners to create a Sidewalk Master Plan.  The finished plan was adopted unanimously by the Frankfort City Commission at its July 28 meeting.
  • With assistance from Troy Hearn at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, we designed a proposal to incorporate new bike lanes, new sidewalks and new and improved pedestrian accommodations on Louisville Rd. from Lafayette Dr. to the intersection of U.S. 127.  The Frankfort City Commission unanimously passed a resolution supporting the improvements at its July 28 meeting.  Obviously, that was a big night for WalkBike Frankfort!
  • On July 4, Stuart Harrod and John Rodgers set up the bike blender at the Capitol Annex parking garage and served lots of smoothies to families gathered there to watch the VFW fireworks display.  And earlier that day, Stuart joined Donna Hecker and Mark Thornewill at the Liberty Hall Historic Site where they judged the awesome patriotic bicycle decorations on display for a bicycle parade.

  • At the beginning of the year, we met with KYTC officials to voice our concerns about pedestrian accommodations on Wilkinson Blvd. and to request that the Cabinet consider more and improved crosswalks along the length of the roadway being rebuilt.  We were unsuccessful at the time but hold out hope that the issue can be revisited once construction is complete.
  • Unfortunately, at this time, the River View Trail is impassable from Multi-Mile Tire to Buffalo Trace.  We've received reassurances from KYTC that the trail will be restored to its original state as the project progresses.
  • Planning for 2014 GABRAKY continues and we are in need of volunteers to help with marking the route, assisting at rest stops, providing shuttle support, conducting registration, etc.  This is our major fundraiser of the year and usually nets $2000 or more for supporting our work.  The ride dates are October 2-5.
  • Frankfort Parks and Recreation is exploring the construction of a boardwalk across the wetlands to make the River View Trail-Cove Spring connection permanent.  As many of you may know, we've been engaged in an ongoing (and losing) battle with the beavers who make their home there and a boardwalk seems to be the best solution.
  • Troy Hearn and the Kentucky Mountain Biking Association have been working on expanding the trail network to the other side of Glenn's Creek Rd. across from Capitol View Park.  And the Folkbike ReCyclery recently assisted with the inaugural Mountain Bike Boot Camp that took place a few weeks ago.
  • The ReCyclery also provided SAG support for both the Horsey Hundred, sponsored by our guardian angels at the Bluegrass Cycling Club and for the Preservation Pedal, which benefits preservation efforts across Kentucky.
  • The Folkbike ReCyclery took part in the Kentucky Heartwood Festival last weekend and served up more of their yummy smoothies.  And Brent Sweger gave a short presentation on WalkBike Frankfort to the gathered attendees.
  • Next Tuesday, August 5, WalkBike and the ReCyclery will be at Lakeview Park from 5 pm to 8 pm to participate in National Night Out.  Once again, we'll be fitting children (and adults) for free helmets.
  • And on Friday, August 15, WalkBike Frankfort and the Folkbike ReCyclery will be the featured non-profits at the Friday night concert on the Old Capitol lawn.
  • Sunday Funday rides are going strong!  If you haven't had a chance yet, please join us for these fun, family-friendly rides around Frankfort.  We meet every Sunday at 1:00 in front of the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe on Broadway.

The first half of 2014 has been great for walkers and cyclists in our Frankfort community.  Don't miss out on the fun for the second half; consider volunteering on one of our committees or at a special event!

Happy Trails from your WalkBike Frankfort Board-

Donna Hecker, John Rodgers, Sellus Wilder, Stuart Harrod, Nathan Rome and Mike Bomford