By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
In anticipation of the proposed Camp Ripley/Veterans State Trail (CRVST) coming through cities in Morrison County, placing bike racks has begun.
The CRVST will complete a 35-mile missing link between the Crow Wing State Park to the Soo Line Trail. The trail will complete the world’s longest continuously paved off-road bike trail (300 miles)
While it isn’t known exactly when the bike trail will get the funding needed to move forward, Kristina VonBerge, executive director of the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), isn’t one to wait.
VonBerge applied for grants to have the bike racks designed and manufactured, each with a different theme, tailored to the area it will eventually be placed.
A bike rack near Zoomski’s on Broadway East in Little Falls, near where a farmers market is held, features outlines of vegetables and the word “Fresh” on top.
Other bike racks in Little Falls are located near Pine Grove Zoo, the Carnegie Library, the Red Bull Bar, Falls Cinema, the Minnesota Fishing Museum, Maple Island Park and other sites.
VonBerge said Randall has planned for two small racks with a heart and an “R,” Swanville is looking at bike racks for its city near the school and downtown as well.
“I want everybody to have a bike rack with grant money,” said VonBerge, who has been working with multiple artists and welders.
While not every city has decided whether or not to place bike racks, VonBerge said, “They either have a concept or they have an order in. I want everybody to play.”
The concept, said VonBerge “Is that in two – three years, when and if we get that segment (of bike trail) we want to give people something to do to include all of our communities.”
She also envisions bike treks on an interactive map on the CVB website giving visitors directions to different cities and sights in the county.
For more information, call VonBerge at the CVB at (320) 616-4959.