Volusia County celebrated two recent ribbon-cuttings for new sections of paved bike trails. The new trail segments provide cyclists with more miles of biking opportunities safely separated from cars.

The ceremonies brought representatives from Volusia and neighboring counties, the state Department of Transportation and local municipalities together to celebrate the new trail offerings with cyclists.

Gobbler’s Lodge

In Osteen, a 4.5-mile stretch of paved trail from the Gobbler’s Lodge Trailhead on Osteen Maytown Road west to Guise Road brings the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop and the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trails one step closer to completion. Speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony May 20 included Volusia County Council Member Danny Robins, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault and former Volusia County Council Member and veritable trail legend Pat Northey.

DeLeon Springs

Another ribbon-cutting ceremony in DeLeon Springs May 22 celebrated a stretch of paved trail roughly 1 mile long. The new stretch of trail dead-ends at U.S. Highway 17, where it will eventually extend north into Putnam County as part of a larger trail system. With the connection to DeLeon Springs, the Spring-to-Spring Trail is one step closer to allowing cyclists to ride from DeLeon Springs down to Gemini Springs in DeBary and beyond. The ceremony was celebrated with bike rides and speeches from Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower, Volusia County Council Member Barb Girtman and others.