On Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m. the City of Davis will dedicate a new bicycle path and tunnel just south of the soon-to-open New Harmony Mutual Housing Community in south Davis. The public is invited to attend on bicycles. Vehicle parking will also be available at the New Harmony apartment site at 3030 Cowell Boulevard, just west of Drummond Avenue.
The new bike path connects to a corrugated metal bike tunnel which was originally installed in 1990 during a reconfiguration of Drummond Avenue. The bike tunnel and access to it were literally buried until the New Harmony project began uncovering and improving it in 2012, when the city had acquired the funding to complete the bike path connections. The bike path improvements were jointly provided for through city funding, grant funds and developer funds from the adjacent New Harmony affordable housing development.
The new offstreet path adds to Davis’ extensive bikeway system featuring over 53 miles of offstreet bicycle paths and over 52 miles of bicycle lanes. The Davis bicycle network is part of a city that covers approximately 10 square miles. The new Drummond Avenue bike tunnel will be the 26th grade separated bicycle crossing in Davis.
Davis was the first city in the United States to install official bicycle lanes in 1967. Davis has been a model for hundreds of U.S. cities while developing a safe, integrated bicycle transportation network of paths and lanes in the community. The League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C. has designated Davis as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community. The platinum level is the highest bicycle friendly ranking possible and Davis holds the honor of being named the very first platinum U.S. city since October 2005.
U.S. Census Bureau numbers show that Davis has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the U.S. It is reported that 22.1% of the Davis population commutes to school and work using a bicycle. The next highest U.S. bike commuter cities are Boulder, CO with 9.9% and Eugene, OR with 8.3%.
Those who wish to bicycle to the dedication from the west may follow the bicycle path and green belt that runs parallel and just north of Albany Avenue in south Davis. Those biking from the east may follow the bike path or Koso Street, both of which head west from Willow Creek Park. The dedication ceremony will take place directly south of the New Harmony housing development and just west of Drummond Avenue.
For more information, please contact the City of Davis, City Manager’s Office at (530) 757-5602.
Dave “DK” Kemp
Active Transportation Coordinator
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