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New urban trail opens Friday

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 31, 2013

Heads up, bicyclists. Free breakfast, a wheeled parade and live music are all part of an opening celebration for the city’s newest urban trail this Friday.

The Crestview/Highland trail runs for almost a mile along Airport Boulevard, next to the MetroRail Red Line. The 10-foot wide path connects transit hubs, businesses and the future Austin Community College Highland campus.

Capital Metro, Bike Austin and the City of Austin will host a grand opening for the concrete path, which is designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians.

A free commuter breakfast is scheduled for 7-9 a.m. as part of a “Wheels in Motion” celebration at the Highland MetroRail Station, 6420 ½ Airport Boulevard. The public can try out the city’s new Bike Share bikes, learn more about the new system and visit with fellow bicyclists. They can also practice loading bikes onto Capital Metro’s three-bike bus rack, and sign up for programs that reward sustainable commute choices.

At 10 a.m., Capital Metro President Linda S. Watson, Austin City Councilman Chris Riley, and Tom Wald, executive director of Bike Austin, will speak and the Texas Rollergirls will officially open the trail.

The public is invited to join the parade on their own wheels - whether they’re on bikes, skates or skateboards. Bradley Jaye Williams will perform live music and Mom & Pops will hand out frozen organic pops.