Archer Braid Trail, Officially Open To Public
ARCHER - Costruction for this bike trail that runs from Archer to Southwest 91st Street is finally over. While in these budgetary times some people were concerned about how their tax payers money would be spent. The people that I talked to were happy for the chance put pedals to the pavement.
A scenic stretch coming into Archer. The Archer Braid Trail could be used for biking, skating or walking. The multi use-path was opened to the public today with a well-attended ribbon cutting event. Dan Beck the Vice-President for the Archer Chamber of Commerce said, "It enables us to have healthy, safe activities outdoors. I've seen from toddlers to 80 year olds either walking or riding bikes."
The construction which began began back in January has finally come to an end, as you can see behind me. It has brought the community a trail that is 6 miles long and 10 feet wide.
Not everyone was in favor of the trail though. Ally Gill the Vice-President of Gainesville cycling tells me there was some opposition to the route that the trail would eventually take to get from archer to Gainesville. Gill said, "There were some concerns from some haile plantation residents that did not want the trail to be routed through their community. However the trail was built on public easement lands and our county commission saw fit to listen to the majority of the people."
But for some some like Joe & Patricia Car, habitual bikers. It was a much awaited trail. The Carr's said, "Hopefully as we get into retirement, we will hopefully be able to do it even more and more... You know? So this was a beautiful 12 mile stretch and we're so happy for Archer."
With further plans ahead, Gill tells me the trail is far from reaching a dead end. Gill said, "Phase two will take it from what is now the current eastern most end of the trail which is right near haile plantation which is southwest 91st street the trail will actually head north and east and pass through the haile area to complete phase two which will the next section which will carry it further into Gainesville."
About 400-500 people attended the event which included a bike parade and bike rodeo. Also, more than 15 bicycles were given away.
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