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Bon Air Drive Bike Trail

Posted: Updated: Oct 29, 2012 05:29 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A new bike trail is now open for cyclists. The ribbon cutting ceremony was today for a trail that runs through the ULM Campus.

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, went racing down Bon Air Drive in hopes to beat 93 year old Miles Luke with Monroe Advocates for Safe Streets.

Mayor Mayo says, "I've raced him each and every year, and he wins each and every year, and so I'm certainly going to do everything I can to try and beat him this year but more than likely he'll probably defeat me again."

The City of Monroe, ULM, and the Monroe Advocates for Safe Streets all enjoyed being able to cut the ribbon for the bike trail that runs from Northeast and Bon Aire to Diamondhead, and Cypress Pointe.

This is the fifth bike trail to open as apart of the City of Monroe's "Master Bike Plan" to develop multiple bike and pedestrian paths within the city.

While today's ribbon cutting was fun for everyone Mayor Mayo says it also helps fight a problem we have in Louisiana.

Mayo says we have one of the highest obesity rates in the country, and trails like this could help fight it.

Mayor Mayo says, "it's very important to make sure that we have opportunities to get exercise, and certainly having bike paths is just another opportunity to do that."

The City of Monroe hopes to continue this public/private partnership to build more bike trails.

The five bike trails combine for a total of 30 miles for bikers to ride on.

City leaders hope to grow that number in the future.

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