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June 6, 2014

First Fridays ride uses new bike trail

GOSHEN — Noah Davis and his grandma, Bev Davis, sat on their bicycles along with about 50 other waiting for the ride to begin during First Fridays Sweet Summer Kick-off.

The pair was excited about the opening of the Monroe Street Bike Trail from Goshen to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds and getting their first look at the trail.

“It’s going to be good. I like bike riding,” Noah, a seventh-grader, said. “I’ve gone halfway to Middlebury on a trail. It’s just hot right now.”

A Goshen resident, Bev Davis said it was her first time attending a First Fridays event with her grandson.

“We decided to come and check it out. It’s pretty comfortable right now. It’s hot but it’s alright. I’m not complaining after the cold we’ve had,” Davis said, smiling as she sat on her three-wheeler bicycle. “My grandson motivates so I bought a bike last summer and it’ll be great to have (the Monroe Street Bike Trail). Goshen is a bike-friendly town and I’m so excited.”

They were waiting in the parking lot by Interra Credit Union, 300 W. Lincoln Avenue and had brought a non-perishable food item as a donation for the Elkhart County 4-H Food Drive.

Shelly Steury, co-chair for the food drive, was overseeing the volunteers who were busy collecting food items from riders participating in the event.

“We’re excited and it’s going good,” Steury said. “We approached First Fridays and the City about the bike ride and they have been so supportive. The canned goods and cash donations will be used towards our goal on July 20 of breaking the Guinness World record of collecting the most food possible for the Food Bank of Elkhart County. This is some of the fun things going on to promote the Guinness attempt and the bike trail.”

Goshen mayor Allan Kauffman was among the riders participating in the event. He spoke about the new bike trail and the impact for Goshen.

“It’s not officially finished yet but this is a great opportunity to provide safety for the fair and for people who come to spend money in our city,” Kauffman said. “This is great. I tell people to come to Goshen and enjoy.”

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