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Thursday, Sept. 4: 13 Miles of Bikeway and Green Drinks Tacoma

Wright Park, The Hub

The city of Tacoma has developed a connected network of bikeways and trails citywide so residents may travel more comfortably by bicycle from most city destinations. Photo courtesy of

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Get us a 40-ounce of Powerade, homie! The city of Tacoma will commemorate the completion of Tacoma's 13 Miles of Bikeway and Pedestrian Improvements Project in Wright Park Sept. 4. Wave your hands in the air for 58 new pedestrian ramps, 2 miles of bike lanes, 296 sharrows, five pedestrian islands and 15 improved intersection crossings. Yet, the real impact of these improvements, which span from South 96th Street and Park Avenue South through downtown along Fawcett Avenue to North 26th and Stevens streets, is increased connectivity to the things that make Tacoma a great place to live: vibrant business districts, distinctive neighborhoods, notable parks and community services. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks will start the celebration with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. at the Division and Yakima entrance near the statues. Then, what better way to celebrate the project than by seeing the improvements in person: Take a 1.5 mile walk with Mayor Strickland and Downtown on the Go; take a southern 3.5-mile bike ride along the project with City Councilmembers Lauren Walker and Marty Campbell to the Lincoln District; or go for a northeast 3-mile bike ride along the project with City Councilmembers David Boe and Robert Thoms through the Proctor District. Afterward, Green Drinks Tacoma will toast the new trails and the 3-mile accomplishments over beers and drinkies at the Harmon Hub beginning at 6 p.m.

GREEN DRINKS TACOMA, 6 p.m., The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, no cover, 253.683.4606

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