I've spent the last couple posts complaining about the slow arrival of the spring/summer season. On my way to work Thursday, I came across a guarantee that summer will come – construction signs.
And right in the middle of a beautiful bike path.
The Campbell Creek Trail meanders for about eight miles from a corner of Far North Bicentennial Park southwest toward Campbell Lake. The eastern portion of the trail has some of the newest and nicest paved trails in Anchorage.
And now it has a big gap where construction crews are building an extension of Bragaw Street. As a cyclist, I'm not a big fan of more roads. It seems with prices quickly heading toward $3 a gallon for the cheapest gas, we should be building more bike paths and bike lanes and fewer roads. But that's not likely to happen.
The good news for cyclists is that it is pretty easy to maneuver around the road-construction project. As you're headed east on the Campbell Creek Trail from Lake Otis Parkway, you'll eventually cross a pair of dog-mushing tunnels that go under the bike path. At the next left, you need to exit the path into the parking lot of the municipality's public transportation headquarters. Cross the existing Bragaw Street and rejoin the trail near the Albrecht softball fields.
Anchorage's bike paths are one of the city's true recreational assets. It's possible, with a little bit of road riding, to make a 35-mile loop on the Coastal Trail, the Campbell Creek Trail and the Chester Creek Trail. Jeff Dillon, the city’s Parks and Recreation director, says it's one of his favorite things to do with visiting friends and family members. Peter Roberts of Downtown Bicycle Rental has a map and directions of how to get through the tricky parts of the route.
If you're a cyclist, it's a must-do. If you haven't been on a bicycle in years, Anchorage is the perfect place to rent one and try out the coastal trail. The scenery is great, and you might see moose, black bears, eagles and a variety of other birds.
In addition to the construction signs, even the forecast makes it seem like summer is getting closer.