- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The first phase of a network of bike trails has opened to riders in Terrebonne Parish.

The Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1mlU2SD) the Southdown Bike Trail System is more than eight miles in length on the Southdown On-Road Loop, the Blackwater Outer Loop and the Leland Robichaux Inner Loop.

The Robichaux loop is named for Leland Robichaux Jr., a former Terrebonne Parish councilman who died in 2008.

“After he passed away his son Ricky Robichaux asked me to get something named after him,” Parish Councilman Russell Hornsby said. “I’m very proud of the fact that we were able to name one of the bike trails after him.”

The trail head is on Valhi Boulevard between the Summerfield and Mandalay Wood subdivisions. It serves as the entrance point for the system’s three trails and includes a parking lot, bike racks, an information kiosk and concrete pads where picnic tables will be placed.

The on-road, shared-use Robichaux loop begins at the trail head. It travels east along Valhi Boulevard, turning north onto Civic Center Boulevard to Louisiana Highway 311. From there it turns west along Louisiana Highway La. 311 and heads south onto South Hollywood Road to rejoin Valhi.

Along the route signage and decals have been posted to warn motorists of cyclists’ use of the roadways.

The Blackwater and Robichaux loops are off-road trails that loop south of Valhi Boulevard near the trail head.

Funding for the $125,000 project came primarily through federal funding managed by the Louisiana Office of State Parks. Terrebonne Parish also contributed funding.

The project’s second phase will involve paving the Robichaux loop.

A much longer shared-use trail is planned.

The Westside Bike Trail is a 51-mile loop that would share existing roadways and shoulders.

The loop is planned to run through the Houma, Schriever and Gibson communities.

The parish has received about $83,000 in funding for the Westside loop. Pulaski said the loop should be completed by the end of 2014.

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Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com


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