Middle Fork Greenway Receives Funding for Trail Extension, $10K From People for Bikes

Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm

The momentum builds to make the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock more cyclist and pedestrian friendly, thanks to PeopleForBikes, the organization based in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to create safe and convenient biking communities across the country.

A completed section of the Middle Fork Greenway near Mystery Hill.

A completed section of the Middle Fork Greenway near Mystery Hill.

The Middle Fork Greenway project has received $10,000 from PeopleForBikes to help fund the next phase of a planned 6.5-mile greenway connecting Boone to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. This segment will link the Town of Blowing Rock to the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail, residential areas, and tourist and employment destinations.

“We are thrilled to be one of this year’s PeopleForBikes grant recipients,” says Ann Browning, Middle Fork Greenway Executive Director, “This national organization is a terrific partner for projects like the Middle Fork Greenway, not only as a funding source, but also as an information resource and convener of advocates for better, safer cycling options.”

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. The PeopleForBikes Community Grants Program has funded more than 300 projects since 1999, including bike lanes, paths, parks and advocacy programs.

The Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) is a developing pedestrian and cycling greenway trail along the Middle Fork River and US 321 corridor connecting Boone and Blowing Rock. It is being led by two non-profit organizations, Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways, in partnership with local governments and many community partners. For more information: www.middleforkgreenway.org and www.blueridgeconservancy.org.

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