February 25, 2020
In a significant win for local cyclists, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments has received the go ahead for its latest construction plans for CV Link, an alternative transportation route that connects eight cities in the valley. CV Link uses an innovative and award-winning design to combine pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed electric vehicles (including golf carts) on a dual pathway.
The California Transportation Commission released nearly $30 million in funding for the next phase of the project, which will begin bidding this spring. The next phase will include 13.5 miles in the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella as well as unincorporated Riverside County.
While only 3.5 miles have been built, CV Link will ultimately span 40 miles across the valley, providing an exciting resource for anyone interested in walking, running or biking. As cycling grows in popularity, CV Link will help take some of the traffic strain off Coachella Valley roadways, providing significant environmental benefits for all local residents.
In a press release, La Quinta Councilman Robert Radi, who is Chairman of the CVAG Transportation Committee, said: “Far too many people are discouraged from running and walking along our roadways because they see how dangerous it can be. We need investments like CV Link to really make a difference. We look forward to bringing this project to fruition in all of our communities.”
The Friends of CV Link non-profit support group is seeking new volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering at upcoming events or working an information booth should email firstname.lastname@example.org.