GRANITE CITY — May is National Bike Month, and Madison County Transit is marking the occasion.
The agency developed and maintains the scenic MCT Trails in Madison County. Since the 1990s, MCT has built one of the most extensive Class One trail systems in the country. With nine inter-connected bikeways, on 1,500 acres of greenspace, spanning 130 miles, and connecting 51 parks in 20 communities, the MCT Trails have become a magnet for new homebuyers and visitors.
Additionally, with 23 bridges and 46 tunnels reducing the number of at-grade crossings, more than 90 organizations have hosted fund-raisers and other events on the MCT Trails in the last five years.
MCT’s plans for celebrating National Bike Month include the following activities:
• MCT Trails Photo Challenge: In the month of May, Trailgoers of all ages are encouraged to take photos of their friends and family on the MCT Trails and post them on the MCT Trails Facebook page. All entries will be sent a gift bag and will be entered to win a $50 gift card.
• This month, MCT will open two new MCT Trail segments:
1). 1,100-foot MCT Nature Trail extension from Wabash to Johnson in Granite City.
2). 6.4-mile MCT Nickel Plate Trail extension from Alhambra to New Douglas.
• MCT Trails Maps Available: Pocket-sized MCT Trail maps and St. Louis Regional Bikeway Maps are available by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (618) 797-4600.
“The League of American Bicyclists recognizes May as National Bike Month; but for MCT, every month is Bike Month,” said MCTManaging Director Jerry Kane.
For more information about the MCT Trails, visit www.mcttrails.org or e-mail [email protected].