Mayor Buddy Dyer let slip at the September 15 Budget Hearing that the City is planning to construct an 8-mile bike trail loop soon.
The 8.25 mile loop will connect already existing infrastructure with projects that have yet to break ground, like the second phase of Gertrude’s Walk and the Colonial Overpass. The loop will involve closing the Dinky Line Gap and the Downtown Connector Trail, during the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year.
The City, according to the Press Secretary and Keeper of Secrets Cassandra Lafser, is currently working with the developers with the Sears at Fashion Square Mall to fill in the gap of the bike trail there as well.
The trail is 60 percent complete, with three major gaps left to be constructed, including:
- Colonial Overpass to Dinky Line Trail
- Cady Way to Lake Underhill
- Gertrude’s Walk Gap
Here’s the portion of the meeting at City Hall where Mayor Buddy Dyer refers to the Loop.
In reference to the video, the City told us that the City’s Bike Implementation Plan Project currently has over $100,000 left in their fund. This year’s budget proposal doesn’t have the annual $100,000 to the fund because, again, according to the City’s Press Secretary, the City is working on a larger implementation of the plan which will need considerably more funding. The plan is still in the works and will be presented to City Council to request the appropriate funding as soon as it’s ready.