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Parkersburg Works to Become More Bicycle-Friendly

By: The Associated Press, Jillian Risberg Email
By: The Associated Press, Jillian Risberg Email

UPDATE 11/5/2013 7:30 PM

In 2011, the federal government designated bicycling and walking as formal modes of transportation.

Parkersburg wants to make that happen.

Kim Coram, of Parkerburg City Council and Bicycle Advisory Board says it's a slow process.

First they have to figure out the infrastructures, education and how the roads are designed, but they are following the League of American Bicyclists blueprint.

"I should have the right to walk and ride my bike safely through this community -- to get around, as a mode of transportation," Coram says. "But it's not safe; a lot of times it's very dangerous to be on my bicycle."

She says it's good for her and the environment and puts less wear and tear on the road.

Coram and anyone else who wants to should be able ride safely and that's what they're working on to make a reality.
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Good news for cyclists in Parkersburg.

City officials say six bicycle trails are either complete or in the planning stages.

They say the trails are for both recreation and transportation.

The trails are a work in progress and the goal is to get them away from roadways.

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