Daniel Boone Bike Trail puts Berea at the crossroads of America |

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BEREA – Signage for US Bike Route 21 (USBR), also known as the Daniel Boone Bike Trail, was unveiled in Berea on Thursday near the corner of Chestnut and Boone Street. The trail, which crosses US Cycle Route 76 from coast to coast, marks Berea’s new identity as “America’s cycling hub,” officials said.

Friends of Boone Trace chairman John Fox noted that USBR 21, which spans 426 miles, will eventually stretch from Atlanta, Ga. To Cleveland, Ohio. In Kentucky, the trail runs south to north of Middlesboro, following Boone Trace to Boonesborough, crossing the Kentucky River, and then out of Kentucky at Maysville, Ohio. The route follows much of the original “Boone Trace,” the historic trail established by Kentucky explorer and icon Daniel Boone in 1775.

Fox noted that 347 road signs marking USBR 21 are being installed in 10 Commonwealth counties. The effort to recognize the historic significance of the trail was initiated by Fox and others 12 years ago.

Officials in attendance for the unveiling praised Fox for his tireless efforts to research and preserve the Boone Trace Trail, and for assisting in efforts to make the trail a tourism, transportation and recreation resource.

In a statement released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Fox said, “The historic Boone Trace started the westward movement of our country. This directional signage will guide tourists by bicycle safely through scenic roads while passing many historical points of interest along the way, ”Fox said. “The bike trails also attract visitors to explore the towns of Kentucky and embark on other outdoor adventures in the Appalachian region that contribute to the local economy.”

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley cited Fox’s efforts as one of the main reasons the Boone Trace Trail is preserved and integrated into USBR 21, placing Berea at the crossroads of two national cycle paths.

“Dr. Fox is a retired surgeon. He could have done whatever he wanted to do in retirement. What he chose to pursue was his passion to preserve, access and mark. Boone Trace so that it is not forgotten in time. I cannot stress enough the importance of the work this person has done on his own, “said Fraley, adding that the trail will take visitors through Berea. “I think we are currently at the cycling hub in the state of Kentucky, thanks to the work of many people including Dr. Fox, Dr. Peter Hackbert and our friends at Berea College,” Fraley said.

Madison County Judge / Executive Reagan Taylor also praised Fox’s efforts, noting that it has helped elevate the community’s sense of pride for its rich history.

“Dr. Fox, thank you for all you have done to preserve this road and everything this trail means to our community,” Taylor said. “I appreciate you, and I think you deserve a round of applause for all the work you put into this area. “

Stating that Berea, by virtue of Berea College, was the first in many milestones such as racial integration into the college and coeducational education, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs said it was appropriate for the city de Berea is also the first major crossroads in two cycle paths.

Speaking to the public on behalf of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good Institute at Berea College, Dr Peter Hackbert said the project represents an integration of many of the qualities that make Berea unique.

“I think this project illustrates the public good. The integration of artistic and craft heritage, the integration of adventure tourism, the combination of our hiking and cycling tours are local assets that we share with other people, ”said Hackbert. “This public good is an economic driver, a driver of heritage recognition, and it is also a tool to create this asset serving not only the citizens of Madison County, but also the cyclists on the national bike path.”

Berea City Councilor John Payne, who has advocated for trail expansion by participating in the Trail Town project, said the designation of USBR 21 is needed as part of the ongoing effort to maximize resources city ​​recreation and help create a healthier community.

“It’s a great next step. I want to keep promoting our bike lanes, our shared use lanes – anything that gets people out and improves our quality of life, ”Payne said.

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