Eldon on the trail to a healthy community with new city Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan | News Tribune

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Outdoor activities could become safer in Eldon with the adoption of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which the Eldon Board of Aldermen accepted during its Tuesday meeting.

The plan recommends new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, bike routes, trails and other improvements in the city. It outlines how to incorporate the work into the city's Comprehensive Master Plan when road construction is needed or when funds are available. It also includes projects relating to development of the proposed Rock Island Trail, which would run through Eldon.

"The entire plan is about making our community better," said Sarah Rader, an Eldon R-1 School District employee and Rock Island Trail committee member. "We're hoping that the plan gives the city a direction so when they are redoing a street or doing any kind of work they can look at the plan and incorporate it in their work so it doesn't have to be done multiple times."

MoBikeFed comment: Eldon is just one of a large number of rural and outstate communities in Missouri now working hard to create more, better, and safer places for people to walk and bicycle.

Progress in Eldon has been spurred on because the city is on the planned Rock Island Trail state park.

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