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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tubbs Hill trail improvements ahead of schedule

Thanks to an exceptionally mild winter, upgrades to the east side trail of Tubbs Hill are well ahead of schedule. Initially, work was expected to be completed by June 30. Coeur d’Alene Trail Coordinator Monte McCully this week said work will be complete by the end of next week.

The project includes leveling slopes, smoothing the trail, eliminating outcrops, construction of retaining walls and placement of gravel in areas prone to puddle with water during wet conditions.
“It’s been so warm and dry that we’re are way ahead of schedule,” McCully said. “The crews have been hitting it hard and are nearly finished.”
Tom McTevia, a physically challenged Coeur d’Alene man, was instrumental in the improvements to the trail—which begin at the base of Tubbs Hill on the east end off 11th Street and continue up about 1,500 feet.
“These improvements will make such a big difference as far as accessibility for people who might otherwise not have been able to enjoy the beautiful trail,” McTevia said.
McTevia first approached the city years ago to express the need to smooth the trail and make it more accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities.
The $50,000 project is funded with a $29,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and a $21,000 grant from Avista Corp.

Photo: Tom McTevia, in wheelchair, ventures down the Tubbs Hill trail as crews from Trio Construction Inc. smooth the pathway.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Four Corners/BLM Corridor Open House

The second open house for the Four Corners/BLM Corridor plan is Wednesday, the 25th of February, 6-8pm at the Library Community Room. The plan includes a commuter trail along NW Blvd and an 8 acre bike park for cyclocross, short-track mountain bike racing, and some skills park features. Please spread the word and show your support for improving our bicycle friendliness here in Coeur d'Alene. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Law that could mean fewer trails!

A recent law introduced in Idaho could mean fewer new bike paths in the Gem State.
Senate Bill 1044 would restrict the use of eminent domain and prohibit it from being used to acquire land for bicycle trails, paths and greenways, unless they run next to an existing highway or street. This would hinder the ability of cities and the state to construct bicycle paths and trails. 
The vote happens on Tuesday, February 17th. Speak up now and ask your leaders to oppose this bill!
Thanks for taking action to protect bicycling.
—The PeopleForBikes Team