With spring, when and if it finally arrives, come cyclists and walkers.  This year in Blue Springs will be a little different than most years for several reasons.

With spring, when and if it finally arrives, come cyclists and walkers.  This year in Blue Springs will be a little different than most years for several reasons.

Allow me to explain.

We awarded a contract late last year for construction of a few miles of new trails and several miles of designated new bike routes. Work will begin very soon on this project, so keep your eyes open for our contractors and we will keep you informed on their progress and the opening of these facilities.  Work should begin first on the Quarry Road bike route connecting to the existing trail in Blue Springs Lake Park.

Work on the new 1.5-mile trail around Lake Remembrance in Grounds Park will also begin soon and be completed during the summer. We are currently working on construction of the bridge approach for this trail, and the bridge is due to be installed during May. This bridge will not open for public use until the safety railing system and trail connection is completed.

Four new designated bike routes will be developed on existing pavement on the following streets; Missouri 7 from Pink Hill Road to Wyatt Road, Woods Chapel Road from Valley View Road to U.S. 40, Moreland School Road from M-7 to Adams Dairy Parkway, and Duncan Road from M-7 to Adams Dairy Parkway. Designated means the street will be signed, and with pavement markings helping to make drivers aware that a cyclist may be on the pavement.

The general public is not always aware that a cyclist and motorist have several things in common. They use a wheeled vehicle for transportation. They also must obey the same laws, since a bike is legally a vehicle. They both should stop at a stop light or a stop sign. They both shall yield in situations where a yield sign is present. They both have the right to use the pavement for the purpose of transportation. So motorists please watch for cyclists and respect their rights.

And for you cyclists, please obey the rules of the road, make sure you have reflectors or lights on your bike if using it in the dark, and be aware of your surroundings and motorists.

For those who prefer to bike on the trails, be aware that these are shared use, meaning you should expect walkers, joggers, skaters, and people walking their dogs. Cyclists should announce when they are coming up behind slower traffic and pass on the left. Be aware of those walking dogs so that the dog does not run in front of you as you pass, thus creating an accident. For those walking, jogging, or walking your dog, be aware of cyclists, keep your lead on your dog short, and allow faster traffic to pass on your left.

Let’s all get outdoors for a walk, a jog, a bike ride and share the road or trail with others.