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New bike path makes it safer to get to the County Fair

New bike path makes it safer to get to the County Fair

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A new trail is making it safer to bike in Goshen.  The Monroe Street Trail will take riders to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.  It's scheduled to open later this year, but Friday night people got a sneak peek.

Tammy Victor was one of those who rode the new bike path "I think it'll be much easier to get to the fairgrounds rather than by car," she said.

Victor said taking her bike to the fair will keep her out of traffic jams.  "Dodge the traffic and get on the bike trail and be here in no time."

Shelly Steury with the Elkhart County 4-H Fair agrees.  "You can avoid the traffic of the fair, especially on Sunday and some of our bigger concerts."

Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman said the biggest benefit is safety.  "If anybody has ever gone to the fair and seen all of the kids, all the adults riding bikes on the road, pushing baby buggies on the road, it's an accident waiting to happen."

The new path keeps bikers and walkers off the street.

Goshen Civil City Engineer Mary Cripe said they've been working towards getting this bike path since 2006.  Construction finally started last year and it isn't a big cost to the citizens because it's mostly federally funded.

Mayor Kauffman said it'll be great for people going to the fair but will also bring campers from the fairgrounds to downtown.  "It not only serves the fair but it serves all these RV people that come to the fairgrounds and they ride their bikes around our bike trails."

New bike racks will be installed at the fair grounds for people to store their bikes.

Cripe said they expect to have the grand opening of the bike path on the opening day of the fair, July 18.

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