Cruger Road project helps Washington become one of nation’s 400 bike-friendly communities
Construction last summer of a three-quarter mile Cruger Road walking and bike path in Washington played a role in helping the Tazewell County city earn a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award, one of only 16 municipalities in the state receiving awards.
Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists said in a Dec. 5 city release that the awards recognize efforts across the country to boost interest in cycling and make it safer. The league gave the awards to 400 cities across the country.
“We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities,” Nesper said in the release. “We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”
City leaders plan to extend the Cruger Road path, already linking Cummings Lane and Nofsinger Road, to Main Street, the release said.
“I’m proud of our city and its effort to create a friendly environment for recreation,” Mayor Gary Manier said in the release. “Also, I’d like to thank Russell’s Cycling & Fitness and our other community partners for encouraging all of us to stay healthy.”