Our hats go off to all the people in Long Beach including the students and faculty at Quarles Elementary who helped create a safer place to ride bikes and take a walk. Thanks to their vision Long Beach now has a Discovery Trail.
It's a 1.2 mile track that connects the city's recreation park and senior center. The trail is a great alternative to walking or biking on major roadways because it eliminates a lot of safety concerns like getting in the way of cars. The setting is also a lot quieter and more relaxing.
Trails like this and bike paths like the one along 605 are needed throughout South Mississippi. We've applauded cities like Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Wiggins in recent months for similar efforts.
We encourage other cities to create safe biking and walking paths including the completion of the boardwalk throughout Harrison County. It is an investment that promises a huge return for residents, as well as being a tourist draw.
If you've ever been over to the Florida Panhandle and driven along Highway 30A, you've seen how popular the bike and walking path that connects all the little communities is. The path adds to the lure of those beach towns. Certainly South Mississippi could do the same. Long Beach shows us it certainly can be done.
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