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Take a bike ride on the new Chisholm Trail (+video)

View from a bike of the new Chisholm Creek Park bike path

Ride along with City Hall reporter Dion Lefler as he risks his iPad to bring you a biker's-eye review of the new Chisholm Creek Park bike path. (May 13, 2016)
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Ride along with City Hall reporter Dion Lefler as he risks his iPad to bring you a biker's-eye review of the new Chisholm Creek Park bike path. (May 13, 2016)

There’s a new Chisholm Trail in town.

A bike trail.

And it runs through Chisholm Creek Park in northeast Wichita.

This week, Wichita city officials and bike enthusiasts ceremonially opened the trail that runs from near the Great Plains Nature Center, near 29th and Woodlawn, north to near the K-96 freeway, then west across the nature park from Woodlawn to Oliver.

The new concrete bikeway replaces a crumbling asphalt path running through the park, said Scott Wadle, senior planner for the city’s cycling effort.

Removing the old path and building the new one – along with signage and other expenses – cost about $1.2 million. About $1 million came from federal grants and the remainder from the city, said Park and Recreation Director Troy Houtman.

The park is situated on federal land. The trail through it runs about 1.8 miles total, about a 12-minute ride at normal biking speeds.

I’m very, very excited about another path that is ready for people to be on.

Lavonta Williams, Wichita City Council

“I’m very, very excited about another path that is ready for people to be on,” said City Council member Lavonta Williams, who represents the area. “We’ve been very, very busy with bike paths and walking paths.”

Last week, the city ceremonially opened improvements to the Redbud trail, which runs from just west of I-135 between Central and Murdock, to Oliver, near Wichita State University.

And on Saturday, local officials and volunteers will celebrate the expansion of the Prairie Sunset Trail, a 12-mile path primarily built by volunteers that runs from Garden Plain through Goddard to west Wichita.

Ride along with City Hall reporter Dion Lefler as he risks his iPad to bring you a biker's-eye review of the new Chisholm Creek Park bike path. (May 13, 2016)

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