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    Here s news that should interest fans of car free transportation alternatives in Southeastern Louisiana: The Pontchartrain Levee District, a governmental
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 29, 2006
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      Here's news that should interest fans of car free transportation
      alternatives in Southeastern Louisiana:

      The Pontchartrain Levee District, a governmental entity responsible
      for flood protection in 6 parishes (counties) between Baton Rouge and
      New Orleans, is funding a study to determine the feasibility of
      creating a paved, 122 mile bike path along the Mississippi River. If
      the path is created, it would tie into existing paved paths running
      atop the crown of the Mississippi River levee in metropolitan New
      Orleans and Baton Rouge, resulting in a paved bike path over 150 miles
      long.

      This new trail would certainly be good news for the Southern Louisiana
      portion of the Mississippi River Trail. Here, long sections of the MRT
      are routed along highways with either marginal road surfaces, little
      to no shoulder or high traffic speeds. Currently, the MRT doesn't even
      go to Baton Rouge (Louisiana's state capitol, 2nd largest metro area &
      home to LSU).

      Creating this paved trail and routing the MRT over it will provide
      hundreds of thousands of local residents with a safe & scenic place to
      walk, roller blade, jog or bike, improving the quality of life and
      increasing property values. The trail will also introduce revenue from
      bicycle tourists creating new jobs in small lodgings, restaurants,
      attractions and shops along the route. IHere's news that should
      interest fans of the <a
      href="http://www.mississippirivertrail.org">Mississippi River
      Trail</a>. The Pontchartrain Levee District, a governmental entity
      responsible for flood protection in 6 parishes (counties) between
      Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is funding a study to determine the
      feasibility of creating a paved, 122 mile bike path along the
      Mississippi River. If the path is created, it would tie into existing
      paved paths running atop the crown of the Mississippi River levee in
      metropolitan New Orleans and Baton Rouge, resulting in a paved bike
      path over 150 miles long.

      This new trail would certainly be good news for the Southern Louisiana
      portion of the Mississippi River Trail. Here, long sections of the MRT
      are routed along highways with either marginal road surfaces, little
      to no shoulder or high traffic speeds. Currently, the MRT doesn't even
      go to Baton Rouge (Louisiana's state capitol, 2nd largest metro area &
      home to LSU).

      Creating this paved trail and routing the MRT over it will provide
      hundreds of thousands of local residents with a safe & scenic place to
      walk, roller blade, jog or bike, improving the quality of life and
      increasing property values. The trail will also introduce revenue from
      bicycle tourists creating new jobs in small lodgings, restaurants,
      attractions and shops along the route. If you have any doubts, just
      look at what the Danube River Trail has done for rural Austria or the
      Coeur d'Alenes Trail in Northern Idaho.

      As stated on the Federal Highway Administrations website, "bicycle and
      pedestrian projects are broadly eligible for funding from almost all
      the major Federal-aid highway, transit, safety, and other programs."
      With last year's enactment into law of the Safe, Accountable,
      Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
      (SAFETEA-LU), more federal funding is available for bike trails than
      ever. Add to the equation the levee's importance to Homeland security
      and the potential the levee offers to be a safe route to schools in
      local communities along the route and it seems that funding for this
      project should be a slam dunk.

      I encourage organizations such as Mississippi River Trail, Inc., the
      League of American Bicyclists, Adventure Cycling, Inc. and others to
      come together to help make this trail a reality.

      Links:
      http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/suburban/4263646.html
      http://www.mississippirivertrail.org
      http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/bp-broch.htm
      http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/safetealu/factsheets/rectrails.htm

      Respectfully,
      Larry Lagarde
      RideTHISbike.com
      Ph: 504-324-2492
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