London Kentucky is now part of US Bike Route 21

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is funding the placement of roadside signage on Kentucky’s new U.S. Bicycle Route 21 (USBR) begun in July and is expected to continue through the fall spanning through 10 counties and 15 communities. Ultimately USBR 21, a national bike route, will begin in Cleveland, OH and end in Atlanta, GA.

USBR 21, also known as the Daniel Boone Bike Route, begins at the Cumberland Gap and extends 265 miles to the south side of the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky. Passing through the historic Cumberland Gap and foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it crosses through 10 counties: Bell, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Madison, Clark, Bourbon, Nicholas, Robertson and Mason. The route follows much of the “original Boone Trace”, the historic trail established by Daniel Boone in 1775 marking the first road to land west of the Appalachian Mountains.

KYTC provided the Madison County fiscal court with $85,000 to fund the signage project.

“Kentucky is now ranked as one of the top five states with the most miles on the U.S. Bicycle Route System,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray.

“By partnering with community members, the Cabinet has earned designation for U.S. Bike Routes 21 and 23, creating new north-south connections with its neighboring states. When we grow the U.S. Bicycle Route System, we’re giving residents and tourists alike greater access to alternate modes of transportation. As a recreational cyclist, these new markings are truly signs of progress and there’s still the opportunity to do more to elevate our bike and pedestrian network.”

The U.S. Bicycle Route System develops partnerships between transportation agencies, bicycle and trail organizations, and volunteers. The Adventure Cycling Association partnered with the Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. to design and implement USBR 21.

“The historic Boone Trace began the ‘westward movement’ of our country,” said John M. Fox, MD, President, Friends of Boone Trace, Inc.

“This directional signage will guide bicycling tourists safely through scenic byways while passing many historical points of interest along the way. Bicycle routes also attract visitors to explore Kentucky’s towns and engage in other outdoor adventures in the Appalachian region that contribute to the local economy.”

With the official designation of two new U.S. Bicycle Routes, Kentucky now has a total of 1,000 miles of connected bicycle-friendly roads. USBR 23 connects the Cave Region of Kentucky from USBR 76 to the Tennessee border. The 109-mile route travels through the small towns and historic sites of southwestern Kentucky and connects to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Both new routes connect to U.S. Bicycle Route 76, “The TransAmerica Bike Route,” which was originally designated in 1982 and has been updated several times since, providing cyclists with multiple connected 500-mile or greater route options across the state of Kentucky from rural Crittenden County at the Ohio River to Elkhorn City in mountainous Pike County. All routes were designed to take advantage of low-traffic roads, allowing for a scenic and comfortable cross-state ride.

The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing national network of officially recognized, numbered, and signed bicycle routes. All U.S. Bicycle Routes are certified by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). These new routes bring the total mileage of the USBRS to 14,000.

The trail route was developed over the course of four years by the 501c-3 organization Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., in partnership with Berea College’s Program of Entrepreneurs. Students researched the route and evaluated it for both safety and unique features. The approved route is designed for bicycle touring showcasing low-volume country roads, diverse terrain, picturesque vistas, and significant historic sites, including Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Pine Mountain Resort Park, Levi Jackson Park, Fort Boonesborough, and Blue Licks Battlefield State Park.

Free digital maps for all designated U.S. Bicycle Routes — including USBR 21, 23, and 76 in Kentucky — are available here through a partnership with Ride with GPS.

For additional information, contact: John Fox, M.D. President, Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. (859) 533-6433.

COVID Testing Sites

From the Laurel County Health Department:

Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please isolate yourself immediately. Do not wait on a call from the health department to isolate. It may be 24-48 hours after you receive your positive test result before you are contacted by our office. It is also important to make sure the testing location you had your test performed at has your correct phone number. Isolation Information for COVID-19 Positive Cases: https://laurelcohealthdept.org/…/Case-One-Pager-11-16…

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19:

Due to the increase in cases in our county, you may not be contacted by our office if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are asking the positive case to contact anyone they have had close contact with during their incubation period to let them know they need to quarantine. *There are certain instances in which we are still calling close contacts, but in many instances, we will not be calling them.

*If you are FULLY VACCINATED and have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case: https://chfs.ky.gov/…/QuarantineofVaccinatedPersonsGuid…

If you are NOT FULLY VACCINATED and have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case: https://laurelcohealthdept.org/…/New-CDC-Quarantine…

Yandell Recognized for Service to the City

The late Bruce Yandell served London with distinction and dedication in several capacities beginning in 1991 when he was elected to the London City Council. In 1994, Yandell was appointed to the London-Laurel Joint Planning Commission and the London Board of Zoning Adjustment in 2001. He served as chairman of the planning and zoning adjustment for many years. These appointments involved technical, thankless tasks that Yandell undertook with enthusiasm and professionalism.

According to his wife, Judy, they sometimes had to postpone or cancel vacations because Yandell had a planning or zoning meeting “that may wind up lasting only 10 minutes. He loved the city and its residents.”

On Monday night, the London City Council, as well as representatives from the planning and zoning commission and the board of adjustment, approved a declaration honoring Yandell for his years of service to the city.

“Bruce Yandell was an example of London’s exemplary, dedicated and honorable elected and appointed public officials serving the residents of London,” the declaration says.

In the photo, Mayor Troy Rudder presents a framed copy of the declaration to Judy Yandell. At left is Shirell Hall with the board of adjustments, and at right is Berry Cupp with the planning and zoning commission.

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