Two trail steps forward for KC: Link to Katy Trail opens Sat; Riverfront Trail links to Kaw Point | The Kansas City Star

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December’s cold days are not typically considered great times for bicycling.

But cyclists next Saturday will be given cause for celebration when a new 47.5-mile link to Missouri’s Katy Trail opens in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

At 238 miles long, the Katy Trail winds across the middle of Missouri, stretching from just east of Saint Louis at Machens, Mo., west to Clinton, Mo. Next Saturday at 2 p.m., Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to be on hand in Pleasant Hill for a ribbon cutting opening up a new, 47.5 mile link to the Katy Trail State Park. . . .

The opening of the trailhead comes soon after opening on Nov. 29 in Kansas City, Kan., of a new $2.6 million concrete ramp that now allows both pedestrians and cyclists easy access to Kaw Point Riverfront Park.

The park at 1403 Fairfax Trafficway is a crescent of land on the Missouri River. It is a historic landing and camping point for the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

The east from Kaw Point offers one of the more sweeping views of Downtown Kansas City. The new pedestrian and cyclist ramp helps extend the western portion of the 15-mile bike and pedestrian known as the Riverfront Heritage Trail that sweeps along the Missouri River in both Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan.

MoBikeFed comment: More about the 47.7 mile Rock Island Trail State Park grand opening, which will connect Windsor (on the Katy Trail) to Pleasant Hill: