St. Albans City recently won just over $2 million for a streetscape project on North Main Street. The project will include new sidewalks and bike infrastructure, linking downtown to a 19-mile pedestrian network and a 26-mile bicycle trail. The grant comes from the federal TIGER grant program, which stands for “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery.” Full story: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/12/20/biking-and-walking-score-big-in-tiger-iii/
On a related note, St. Albans City Elementary will be incorporating bike skills training into its PE classes from May 21 to June 1. Local Motion will provide the school with 46 kids’ bikes, all needed equipment, and a trailer to store the bikes, all at no cost (other than a small delivery fee) as part of its Bike Smart Equipment Loan program. For more info about this program, visit http://www.localmotion.org/education/bikeskillstraining/loanerprogram.
To top it all off, a Bike/Pedestrian Committee has recently formed in St. Albans with the goal of making the city even safer and more welcoming for people on foot and on bike. For more info about the Committee, contact David Hutchinson.