PRESTONSBURG — The city is continuing its push to become more bicycle friendly this week, as plans got underway for bicycle rentals at Archer Park.
Richie Schoolcraft, park director for the city of Prestonsburg, says the current plan is to offer bicycles for rent for $2 an hour or $10 a day. Schoolcraft said riders would only be allowed to ride within the confines of Archer Park.
In order to rent one of the bicycles, riders will need to present a valid driver’s license.
The bicycle rentals are part of recent grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The project includes signage to go up around the city promoting the city as a “bike-friendly city,” and renovations completing the Garfield Trail, allowing smoother riding for cyclists, as well as benches and picnic tables for cyclists and hikers.
According to Mike Vance, a dedication of the improved Garfield Trail is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 27.
The funding also provided for a city-staged bicycle safety class for kids age 9-12 at Archer Park. Maytown Center Director Dan Chauncy, who has been active in leading mountain biking excursions for area youth, was on hand to give a half-dozen kids lessons on riding safely. The kids also received free bicycle helmets as part of the demonstration.
Chauncy emphasized the importance of teaching children proper cycling by pointing out that 300,000 kids wind up in emergency rooms each year due to bike accidents.
Schoolcraft says more bicycle safety classes will be held at the park in the near future.