SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: In front of Episcopal Collegiate, the bike trail is but a sidewalk, wide enough for a single rider.

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  • SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS: In front of Episcopal Collegiate, the bike trail is but a sidewalk, wide enough for a single rider.

My mention yesterday of a gaping problem in the bike trail on the Little Rock side of the Arkansas River brought inquiries and an impassioned call to action from Gene Pfeifer, a recreational cyclist whose persistence helped get the Clinton Library off the dime on completing its bridge link to North Little Rock.

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The PsyclePath blog takes you step by step through the problem, including the sidewalk-only portion in front of Episcopal Collegiate School along busy Cantrell Road.

Mayor Mark Stodola, also a cyclist, has been saying for five years now he has a plan. If it’s in the tax package, I missed it. Maybe he could carve off some of that $38 million “economic development” slush fund and exercise some eminent domain to widen the way for bikers along this corridor.

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Read on for Gene’s call to action to fellow cyclists Ed Levy and Tom Ezell (who, it should be added, are innocent bystanders to his remarks). Following Gene’s letter, you might be interested, too, in a note from a former Dillard’s employee about a deal supposedly struck two years ago on running the trail along the river, on the north side of Dillard’s property.