bike-rideOur Facilities Manager and Environmental Advocate, Nick Hawley, is heading up the 2nd Corvallis to Albany Bike Ride to promote the installation of a multi-use path between our two cities. Here are the details from Nick:

2nd. Corvallis-Albany Bike Ride
Sunday, May 3

Please come along on a 10 mile ride from town-to-town along Hwy.20 to show your support for the proposed multi-use path from Albany to Corvallis.

We will meet at the fountain in Corvallis Riverfront Park at 11.30 a.m and depart for our destination, the Calapooia Brewing Company in Albany at high noon.

All levels of riders are welcome.

Please check out the Albany Corvallis Bike Path website and RSVP in the comments if you plan to attend.

Funding for the trail is being decided in the Albany City Council and a public show of support in favor of alternative transportation could sway decision makers towards raising the priority of the project.

If you cannot make it for the ride then please email the Albany City Councilors. Their addresses can be found at http://www.cityofalbany.net/council/index-2009.php

And here is an excerpt from a recent article in the Gazette Times about the upcoming ride:

[…] Roger Irvin, public works director for Benton County, said recently the county had obtained funds from the Oregon Department of Transportation to design the first part, a segment within Corvallis.

Eventually, according to the proposal, the path would parallel the Toledo Branch rail line. It would allow for bike travel away from Highway 20, where motor traffic is sometimes heavy and always fast, making cyclists fear for their safety.

[…]

ODOT, however, has approved $460,000 toward the first segment, from Circle Boulevard to Manchester Street in Corvallis, under its transportation enhancement program.

The path also has been recommended as the top priority for another $581,000 under the same program, with a decision by the Oregon Transportation Commission due this spring, according to the ODOT website.

[…]

Hawley said that while funding for the project is being decided, “a public show of support in favor of alternative transportation could sway decision-makers towards raising the priority of the project.”

Calapooia Brewing is proud to be a supporter of this great cause and applaud Nick for continuing to keep this conversation on the table! Feel free to email Nick directly for more information, or leave a comment below and show your support!

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