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The city today announced the donation of three fix-it stations from local bike shop Pedal the Planet for the Legacy Trail. The stations will be located at Legacy trailheads at the North YMCA, the Kentucky Horse Park and on Coldstream Research Campus.
“These self-service bike repair stations will provide riders the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance such as inflating a flat tire, tightening handle bars or adjusting brakes,” said Derek Paulsen, the city’s new Commissioner of Planning and an avid cyclist. “May is National Bike Month and this is a great way to celebrate.”
Wendy Trimble, owner of Pedal the Planet, said the donation is one way the company is demonstrating its support for the local biking community. “Pedal The Planet is happy to contribute to the Legacy Trail because facilities like these improve the quality of life in Lexington. Having a good quality of life helps us be more competitive recruiting future companies and employees to this area and therefore improves our local economy,” said Trimble.
Pedal the Planet also sponsors teams and local cycling events, donates to numerous charities, sponsors the local Bluegrass Farmer’s Market on Richmond Road and advocates for bicycling issues. Pedal the Planet was recently named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
The Legacy Trail, which currently stretches from the YMCA on Loudon Avenue to the Kentucky Horse Park, will also soon be home to snacks for riders who get hungry along the 12-mile route. The YMCA of Central Kentucky is planting fruit trees along the trail so joggers, walkers or cyclists can take a break and enjoy an apple or pear.
Jerry Hancock, director of the city’s Division of Parks and Recreation thanked the Legacy partners for their continued support.
“Lexington is lucky to have such good partners as the YMCA, the University of Kentucky, Lexmark, many local businesses and organizations and now Pedal the Planet, in making this extraordinary recreational trail available to everyone,” he said.
Citizens interested in supporting the trail can get involved in the Adopt-a-Spot program. Eric Howard, volunteer coordinator for the Division of Parks and Recreation, said volunteers are needed to help maintain the 20 naturalized garden beds along the trail that contain native plant species. “Parks and Recreation needs help from individuals and companies to maintain the lovely gardens along the trail, which thousands of people pass each week,” Howard said. “The Adopt-A-Spot program at the Legacy Trail is unique because it offers volunteers a specific site, regular light maintenance activity and on-going recognition.”
The city will officially celebrate cycling during Bike Lexington on June 2. Activities include bike safety rodeo, races, giveaways, live music, food vendors, booths and performances by the March Madness Marching Band.