LOWELL | The town is planning a network of bike trails — some for now within the town and some for later, beyond town boundaries.
The Lowell Town Council unanimously agreed recently to contract with Active Transportation Alliance for planning, documenting and help in securing funds for the bike trails at a cost of no more than $12,000.
Leslie Fiemester, of ATA, will be the project manager under the one-year contract.
Lowell Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walters advised the council to use money from the cumulative capital improvement fund.
Council Vice President Craig Earley, D-1st, who is on the bike trail committee, said he had nothing but positive responses from residents after Fiemester presented ATA's proposal a month ago.
Councilman Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, said there was overwhelming support for the trails.
While a network of trails on secondary streets is the initial goal, the secondary goal, Earley said, is to connect Freedom Park with Liberty Park via trails. Long term, he suggested, the town might seek to connect with other towns such as Cedar Lake.
A trail linking Freedom and Liberty parks probably would run alongside the CSX Railway tracks. Fiemester said once a plan is drawn up, it will be easier to access grants, notably along railroad tracks.
A number of biking enthusiasts attended the meeting to show support.
Nathan Thomas told the council his father-in-law Ron Brown, a member of the bike trail committee, is donating $1,000 to get the project going.