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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 08:47 pm

Interurban celebration

Celebrate the future of biking in Springfield at the re-opening of the Interurban bike trail this Sunday, October 25, 1:00 PM at MacArthur Tunnel.   For those of us involved with the MacArthur Boulevard Business Association there is little better news we could hope for than a completion of this project - and the successful reopening of this bike trail, one of the only progressive things happening in this mostly developmentally backward Capital City.

So please, join your friends from the Springfield Bicycle Club and The Springfield Park District for an informal celebration of the Interurban Trail. Ride your bike or run on down to the new loop along the tree line on the west side of the future Legacy Point. Enjoy the lovely wooded areas along an abandoned railroad, and south to a tunnel under MacArthur extension, up a bike bridge over the railroad and down to the trail under I-72.

From the Bicycle Club: "The guest of honor is Senator Richard Durbin whose efforts secured the continuation of the trail when the construction threatened to close the trail. He was also responsible for funding of the tunnel which was not in the original plan. Lincoln Land Development provided right of way for the trail west of their development and away from the traffic along MacArthur. We wish to thank officials from IDOT, IDNR, the Springfield Park District, the Springfield Sangamon Regional Planning Commission, and Village of Chatham. We also acknowledge the help of all the volunteers of the Springfield Bicycle Club, Springfield Road Runners, Springfield Ski Club and Sierra Club for their support. Ace Bike Shop, Biketek, R & M Cyclery and Wheelfast Bicycle Company have also provided encouragement."

Amen I say!

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