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Bike Enthusiasts Eagerly Await Debut of New Route in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.-Bicycle lovers rejoice, it's about to get a bit easier for you to ride your bike in Salisbury.

On Wednesday, you can look for the Orange Route that will connect Salisbury University all the way to the heart of the city's downtown.

And that's not all. Jake Day who is the city council president said that there are plans to add even more dedicated bike lanes in the future.

Jeremy Richards who is a true bike enthusiast said that while a student at the university, having a bike is mostly the only way he can get around town. But, sometimes he's not sure if he's even safe

"It's a gamble trying to get across the street," Richards said, "cars go fast and people got hit all the time and I have a couple of friends who got hit."

Even when it's time chill out Jeremy said that he likes to head downtown, but the ride there is not on his bike.

"I drive my car to Third Friday once or twice and it was a lot of fun but you know a lot of college students can't afford to drive everywhere," he said.

"The opportunity is that it doesn't just serve residents of Salisbury," Day said, "it actually encourages Salisbury University students faculty and etc to come down town and visit the downtown."

The route will connect the university to Camden Avenue, to South Boulevard to Waverly Drive, Carroll Street and finally to Division Street in downtown.
 
"There will be a blue route and a green route and there are other routes around town that are being planned out," Day went on to say, "and the intent is to serve and connect neighborhoods with districts where jobs exist."

Nathan Johnston is another avid bike rider and owns a small coffee shop in downtown.

He said the shop is a spot where a lot of local cyclists come through, so with the addition of the new bike route, he hopes that even more people will stop in and boost his business

"We care about that culture and how it transforms a city like Salisbury," Johnston said, "so we even do a bunch of offerings and even discounts.It's brought multiple bikers and new businesses and new faces to an area that may not have had that."

Day said that as part of the route expansion, on Tuesday the city council is also getting ready to approve the extension of an off road biker and hiker trail that goes along Beaglin Park Drive. 

 

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