Pathways Announces Train/Ride

30 08 2007

PATHWAYS ANNOUCES TRAIN/RIDE

The Northland’s first-ever bicycle/rail hybrid trek set to depart September 8

Grab your bicycle and hop on board the North Shore Scenic Railroad for the region’s first-ever bicycle/rail hybrid on September 8, 2007. The Pathways group, part of the Knight Creative Communities Initiative, is inviting bicycle riders to take part and enjoy two of our area’s most beautiful territorial assets—Lake Superior and Scenic Highway 61. Tickets are $22, $12 for students, seniors and children. Call 722-1273 to register.

Participants will load their bikes onto the North Shore Scenic Railroad’s rail.jpgbaggage car, and enjoy a leisurely excursion up the Lake Superior shoreline before taking a 26-mile bike ride back to Duluth. There will be “sag wagons,” mechanical help, and, of course, plenty of refreshments available along the course.  Capable riders of any age are welcome.

“We hope that this ride will expand the Twin Ports’ reputation as a region for fun-loving adventurers,” said Pathways co-chair Kris Larson. “If this is successful, who knows? It may become an annual event.” 

Train/Ride will serve as a fundraiser for Pathways, one of five action teams for the Knight Creative Communities Initiative, a community project to build economic prosperity. Economic prosperity, as opposed to economic development, focuses on the attractiveness of an area to people, rather than strictly to businesses. 

This project will capitalize on the many unique urban and natural territorial assets of our area by creating greater connectivity and accessibility to these places via non-motorized transportation routes. Developing, connecting and promoting non-motorized transportation routes will contribute to the overall health of our community, make it a more attractive place for creative economy workers, and set a precedent for alternative transportation modes.

Ride Details:
– Riders should arrive at the Duluth Depot at 9:30 to load bicycles onto the train.
– Bicycles will be loaded onto a baggage car in a way similar to events such as the MS150, where bicycles are separated with cardboard and tied down to secure them.
– Helmets are required.
– The train will operate rain or shine. If conditions are dangerous because of weather conditions, riders will be able to take the train back to Duluth.
– A party will be held after the ride at Grandma’s Sports Garden for all of the riders. A host of door prizes will be awarded.

About KCCI

The Knight Creative Communities Initiative is a venture that aims to pull together the ideas and talents of all parts of the community in building a more attractive environment for economic growth.  The KCCI was initiated and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and works with the Creative Class Group and 31 citizen Catalysts.  The Catalysts were selected for their commitment to and interest in developing initiatives that build upon the research and writings of Dr. Richard Florida, which spotlight human creativity as the primary driver of community vitality.  The KCCI combines research, training and community dialogue to develop a community vision and accompanying set of strategies aimed at mobilizing leadership and resources.

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