FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Katie Test, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Celebrate Florida Bicycle Month with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Cut the ribbon, take a ride, and pledge to Burn Calories, Not Carbon!™
Florida Governor Charlie Crist proclaimed March as Florida's Bicycle Month to recognize the important role bicycles play in the lives of millions. As Florida Bicycle Month enters full-swing, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has three suggestions for ways Floridians can help celebrate the month dedicated to bicycling.
- Welcome a new rail-trail! Join The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the State Road 207 rail-trail. The new rail-trail uses a historically significant railroad line. Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway was one of the most important features in the historical development of modern Florida. The rails traveling through St. Johns County were the first tracks laid for this railway, which eventually ran the entire length of the coast to Key West resulting in the entrenchment of tourism, agricultural industries and Florida's major East Coast cities. Celebrate this historic rail-trail at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m., at the trailhead on the FDOT Service Loop Road, off State Road 207 approximately 2 miles west of Interstate 95.
- Take the Burn Calories, Not Carbon!™ pledge on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's homepage, www.railstotrails.org. By signing the pledge, individuals to commit to "walking or biking more and driving less." And pledge-signers are doing more than just committing to personal action. Recognizing the role that community design plays in our ability to walk and bike, those who take the pledge call on political leaders for more "active transportation" (walking and biking) choices in their communities. RTC aims to have 20,000 pledges taken by National Bike to Work Day on May 16.
- Take a ride on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, the second inductee into Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution. The 34-mile Pinellas Trail goes from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. The popular trail has an estimated 90,000 users a month, and features multiple pedestrian bridges and sweeping views of the urban landscape.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.railstotrails.org.