Thanks to the Kentucky Department of Transportation and Sara George’s great follow-up on my earlier blog post, we have some new road signs in Elkhorn City and Elkhorn Creek. In fact, I am told that the Trans-America Bicycle route is now signed all the way to the Perry County Line. I hope the rest of the state follows up and signs the route all the way across Kentucky.
Since my last post regarding the Bike trail we have had about 450 bicyclists come through Elkhorn City since early March. I only count the ones I see so the number is probably higher as to the total use of the 1976 Trans-America Bicycle Trail.
I see most of them at the local restaurant (402 to be exact) and I have seen a lot of them at the local grocery store, that means they are spending money in the local economy. If we are having a weekend event in Elkhorn City some of the bicyclists hang around the whole weekend. Based on my rough estimates I would say that bicyclists have about a $25,000.00 dollar a year impact on Elkhorn City’s economy.
Today I met a nice gentlemen named Andre’ from France. He and his wife were biking across the United States along the Transamerica Trail. They had stayed at the Breaks Interstate Park and made it into Elkhorn City about 11:00 a.m. Every year I talk to numerous bicyclists who come through Elkhorn City along the trail.
My conversation with Andre’ was insightful for two reasons. One, I enjoy talking to and meeting new people, especially form other countries, and two, Andre’ could not figure out why the TransAmerica Trail
had good signage all along the route in Virginia, but as soon as he got into Kentucky there where no signs at all showing the route.
When the trail was first developed, in 1976, there was good signage all along the trial in Eastern Kentucky. I can remember seeing the signs and I also remember bicyclists staying in the basement of the Elkhorn City Church of Christ.
This brought home to me the fact that we need to do more work to develop our adventure tourism infastructure in Kentucky. Replacing the signs along the Kentucky section of the Transamerica Trail makes good sense. It is the type of project that adds value to our tourism infastruture and would not be expensive to complete. Governor Beasher has made a big push for adventure tourism, it seems to me that replaces the signs along the Transamerica Trail is a no brainer.
If you feel the same way contact the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and let them know we need to put up signs for our tourist who use the Transamerica Trail.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Multimodal Programs
125 Holmes Street, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40622
The Transportation Cabinet has put out a nice pdf document on Bicycling in Kentucky and all the Bike Trials in the state you can find it HERE
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The first transamerica trail bicyclist have made it into Elkhorn City. I have been looking out for them all month. Two fellows headed to San Francisco got into town late on March 30, 2011. I also keep a count of the total that come thru town each year. Last, year the count was 754. I only count them if I see them so the total number has to be greater than 754.
Generally, we start seeing bicyclist around mid March of each year. It also seems to coincide with the Bradford Pears blossoming each year. The cyclist travel along the Trans America 1976 Bicycle trial which was developed in 1976 to celebrate our country’s 200th birthday, or Bikecentennial. Since then, thousands of cyclists have ridden this 4,200 mile route between Virginia and Oregon along America’s back roads. The Trail is noted for its focus on America’s heartland, scenic diversity, and historical interest.