GOSHEN — Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to quickly, and safely, get to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds for the fair this year.
The new bicycle trail that runs along Monroe Street from Goshen High School to the eastside of the fairgrounds is now complete.
Danny Jones, owner Lincoln Avenue Cycling and Fitness said Wednesday that bicycling seems to be growing in popularity, a testament to both the bike trail system Goshen has built, as well as the rise in physical fitness.
“It’s really cool to see Goshen become a more friendly community,” Jones said. “We’ve had people come from an hour away to use the trails.”
“All the bike trails that Goshen has done have been done very nicely,” he said.
Jones said that in the past he and his wife biked out to the fair in past years before the trail was completed.
“On C.R. 34 I just rode alongside traffic which wasn’t very safe,” he said. “This now gives a safe place for bikers and traffic.”
Goshen mayor Allan Kauffman agreed, saying that he has been surprised that there wasn’t a seriously accident between pedestrians and cars along Monroe. Kauffman said he’s seen families pushing baby strollers and walking with children along the narrow shoulders of the road.
“I have ridden my bike to the fair the last few years and you put your life in your hands once you get to the Rock Run Creek bridge,” he said.
Kauffman said that he is participating in the first official ride out to the fair on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., which will start in downtown Goshen at Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
“It’s a great addition to our bike path system and it’s much more than a benefit than to just the fair,” he said. “There’s RV rallies all year long that (participants) bring their bikes (with them).”