Cyclists tour A-State's PAC Paths

Astate Cycling
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several cyclists headed to A-State's campus Sunday evening to learn about the campus's PAC Paths.

Arkansas State University is known as the state's first bicycle-friendly university because of its trails and roads, according to their Facebook page.

Director of Marketing Bill Smith said Sunday was about showing community members the many bike paths throughout campus.

"Today we want to teach people what parts of campus are best to use," Smith said.

There are two specific paths Smith discussed.

"There's a family loop that's a mile that never touches the road," he said. "It's safe for families with children."

The other one is for more fast pace cyclists.

"The road loop is 3 miles," Smith said. "It's basically for people who aren't riding on a cruiser or don't have children or just want to go faster."

The goal of the slow and instructional ride was to introduce how safe the paths on campus are.

"We've marked these 10 feet and wider," Smith said. "You'll see a bike painted on the road with an arrow on top that tells drivers there will be bikers. It also tells bikers there will be walkers, so the sharing goes both ways."

Lisa Trevathan, an avid cyclist, said since the fatal cycling accident involving Jason McDonald in June, she wants to raise awareness of safe cycling.

Trevathan said she learned Sunday that A-state campus provides that.

"You know, we can ride out at Craighead Forest," Trevathan said. "We can ride on the roads. We ride on the roads all the time but to ride somewhere with a little kid with us we want to be safe. We're very safe out here today."

Trevathan enjoyed learning about the safe routes on campus that she had never heard of before.

Now, she encourages other cyclists to visit the paths for safe riding.

Anyone interested in viewing the different options of the bike friendly PAC Paths can visit A-State's website here.

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