City gears up for Bike to Work Day

PARKERSBURG – Residents will be using pedal power to get to work Friday.

The city will celebrate Bike to Work Day, with area residents encouraged to park their cars and ride their bikes to their places of employment.

The event will kick off at 7 a.m. at the City Park Pavilion with members of the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board holding an organized bike ride to downtown Parkersburg. Experienced and novice bike riders are welcome.

This year, the ride will use two new signed trails in the community, the Cross Town Bikeway (CTB) and Little Kanawha Connector Trail (LKC). The CTB is the city’s north-south trail. When complete, people will be able to ride their bikes from Emerson Elementary to Southwood Park on a signed bike route.

The other trail under construction is the LKC. When this trail is finished, riders will be able to ride their bikes from Point Park to Corning Park. The LKC is the city’s east-west trail and is funded in part by a Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century grant and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant.

Once downtown, riders will be treated to a continental breakfast at the Downtown Farmers’ Marketplace courtesy of the Blennerhassett Hotel and the Bike Advisory Board. Riders also will have a chance to see a draft of the city’s Bike Trail Network Map. The map was developed by the Wood-Washington-Wirt Interstate Planning Commission, in conjunction with the city of Parkersburg and the city’s advisory board.

Bike to Work Day is one of several events happening nationwide to raise awareness about the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling. Bike to Work Day is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists.