Angie Filbeck didn't have time to stop, so KOLR10’S Brett Martin walked with her on the new Talmage Trail in north Springfield.
"It’s so great to be able to walk where you want to go and to not just get in your car and drive somewhere,” she says.
The City of Springfield officially opened the paved trail at the entrance of doling park Thursday morning.
"This is a huge day as we continue to find ways to connect the city through alternate ways of transportation,” says Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried.
Seifried says the city is moving towards a healthier community.
"We'll continue to find ways to improve existing trails and expand new routes,” he says.
The four-mile trail is a part of the link system and will connect the park to college campuses, but is also a part of the entire eight mile-trail ending at Cox South.
"Trails like this is what makes that happen,” says Mike Fenton, a national walking advocate. “If you have a space like this where you can walk to the corner store, you’re more likely to do that."
Fenton says trails like this help brand the Ozarks even more.
"The brilliance of the work doing in the city, like what we are recognizing now is that we are bringing that beauty of the outdoors right downtown,” says Fenton.
Filbeck says she hopes its the beginning of a bright future for the trail network in Springfield.
“I'm really committed to that actually,” she says. “Making our city where you can get wherever you want to go without even having a car, just get on your bike or walk."
The Link also offers safe ways for biking around Springfield also. It helps keep bikers off the main streets to stay safe.
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