February 2013

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Nation’s Best National Bicycle Greenway Example – American River Parkway

We traveled to what we feel is a perfect world example of  how the National Bicycle Greenway  can take advantage of  the geographical assets each region all across the United States has to offer to increase the well being of all those who use it as well as those who live and work nearby. While it takes a region wide community of people from many walks of life to manage the 37+ mile American River Parkway jewel set at the base of the Sierras, we found three authoritative voices who have had decades of  experience with it on many levels. In the words ahead, you can hear what  Folsom Recreation Manger, Lynn Lepage, Folsom Water Works Operator, Daryl Pearson and Folsom Trails Director, Jim Konopka, have to say about the true bicycle treasure they get to enjoy on a daily basis.

[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.radio4all.net/files/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-AmRiver.mp3″ title=”American River Podcast”] American River Podcast  (59:03)

Excerpt from “How America Can Bike and Grow Rich” below.

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From “How America Can Bike and Grow Rich

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And it was easy to understand why. A true bicycle heaven indeed, we all looked forward to riding the American River Parkway. Perfectly smooth asphalt, it offered the ultimate two wheel escape. Tomorrow we would all be on a path that felt miles from nowhere even though busy freeways and the life of small cities lay just beyond the river bluffs. We would look out on a peaceful summer-time river that gently poured over the rocky bottom it often exposed.

Along the way, we would ride through a few tree shaded, lawn covered parks, cross the American River on an historic metal bridge and be entertained by all the people frolicking in the many different swimming holes along the way. As the trail neared the base of the Sierras we would find ourselves passing through miles and miles of untouched open space where even the occasional tell tale  sign of human life, such as  a far away building or road, almost as instantly disappeared from sight.

American River Associations

American River Conservancy

American River Natural History Association

American River Parkway Foundation