Mayor Tom Barrett kicks off Bike to Work Week on Monday with his traditional ride from N. 51st St. and Washington Blvd to City Hall.
It’s understandable the mayor would take a direct route from his neighborhood to his office, but as long as he’s out for a ride he should check out the new additions to his city’s bike routes.
For example, he could detour through Walker’s Point and join Bay View cyclists in celebrating the asphalt path poured last week on the KK River Trail. A seven-block section of off-street path from E. Maple to W. Washington Sts. probably doesn’t seem like much, maybe not worthy of a mayoral spin, but it’s taken more than 20 years of fighting for a Bay View to Downtown bike route to get even this small bit of ride-able result. After all those years of promise without pavement, nobody is waiting for the official opening in June.
The off-street segment dumps onto Washington St., where the route turns east and continues north on S. Water St., a hazardous route with deep potholes and treacherous railroad crossings. City officials plan to rebuild S. Water this year, fix the railroad crossings and add bike lanes on the route to Pittsburgh and Erie Sts., near the Summerfest grounds. Judging by the markings on the pavement, they mean it.
Scroll through the pictures below for an update the KK River Trail project and additions to the Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron State Trails. Then take a detour to week and check them out.
New commuting and recreational riding routes are being added to the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf Trails.