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April 12, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939
Craig Barnett, U.S. Army Reserve, 486-4944
Officer Charlie Marti, Lincoln Police Dept., 441-7755

New Watch Program To Enhance Trail Safety

Mayor Don Wesely today announced a new program to promote safety on Lincolnís 76-mile network of hiker-biker trails. The U.S. Army Reserve Trail Watch Program teams the 400 local reservists with the 300 members of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club. Together, they will report possible trail hazards, provide directions, provide bike repair and first aid and offer other kinds of assistance to their fellow citizens.

"We believe this is the first program of its kind in the nation involving any branch of the military, active or reserve," said Wesely. "Our trail system is already recognized as one of the best in the country, and this new safety program will make the system even more enjoyable for the people of Lincoln."

The project has involved the cooperation of the Army Reserve Unit 308th Transportation Company, the city Parks and Recreation Department, the Lincoln Police Department and the Mayorís Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee. Alltel is providing wireless phones for the program, and Planet Earth Distilled Drinking Water is also donating its service. The partners hope to begin the program at the end of April.

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