Making Bike Trails History
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth detailed a bill today that would allow cities to work with the California Department of Transportation to develop “Legacy Cycling Trails.
These trails would promote bicycle routes of state and regional importance, such as historical routes and those with scenic significance.
“It allows cities to designate trails so bicycle enthusiasts can use those trails and see that they’re part of the tour of California or a historic stage coach route,” said Smyth.
One such trail here in Santa Clarita is the bike trail that travels along Soledad Canyon and crosses under Bouquet Canyon. This trail parallels the Santa Clara river and is home to a beautiful river scene and waterfall provided by a nearby reclamation facility.
Another aspect of the bill would be to cash in on the billion dollar cycling industry and hopefully bring tourists to these trails to help generate revenue.
“This is a fabulous piece of legislation that would afford the city to expand its almost 60 miles of trails and paseos,” said Mayor ProTem Laurene Weste.
Assembly Bill 1464 passed the Assembly Transportation Committee and is heading to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The bill comes to light as Santa Clarita is set to take part in the Bike to Work challenge on Thursday May 14, when residents are encouraged to bike to work help promote a “no pollute commute.”