New trail extends bike system

AUSTIN, Minn. – Austin is one step closer to linking a major bike trail throughout the city with their latest addition located west of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center on 21st Street Northeast.

The trail segment is approximately a mile long and part of Austin’s 15 mile-long trail system.

This is one of the last segments before the final connection is made to the Shooting Star Trail which, is scheduled to be built in 2015.

The trail from Austin, through Rose Creek and leading to LeRoy, could span as far as 40 miles.

“It gives people a really easy, and low-cost way to exercise as a family and to keep moving. They can then live a more healthy lifestyle knowing that they have more exercise resources available to them,” said Austin Vision 2020 Spokesperson, Laura Helle.

Austin will also begin a project to link the Mill Pond area to the tunnel under I-90 near the Hormel Institute.

Along the trails, you will notice QR codes on the trail route signs. The QR codes were designed and installed by Vision 2020 volunteer, Dan Urlick. These codes can be scanned to give you an idea of where you are on the trail.

“Bicycle tourism is a new trend, so we’re seeing a lot of potential for more money coming into the community through those tourists. That’s what those regional trails hooking up to Austin really represent. There are a lot of regional and state travelers that may come and enjoy our trails,” said Helle.

For a complete map of the City of Austin trail system you can click on the link below:

http://www.ci.austin.mn.us/Engineering/PDF/biketrail.pdf.

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