PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg Police Officers are getting to know the community by patrolling on bicycles. Prestonsburg Tourism is promoting adventure and fitness for tourists coming into the area. With the new Dawkins Line Rail Trail, tourists are pouring into Eastern Kentucky and Floyd County to get a look at the beautiful hills of Appalachia. Officers state patrolling on bicycles allows them to be more personable with citizens.
One attraction that cops on bikes are now more easily able to patrol is the Dawkins Line Rail Trail. Located a short drive from Jenny Wiley State Park, the first 18-mile leg of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail begins at Hager Hill in Johnson County and goes to Royalton in Magoffin County. The trail was open to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders on June 15, 2013. The 18-mile section features the Gun Creek Tunnel, which is 662 feet long. The trail follows the old Dawkins Line railroad bed that runs from Hagerhill to Evanston.
“The bike trail is great,” said Brittany Looney. “Me and my son enjoy riding our bikes along the trail and we also ride bikes at Jenny Wiley. The officers being able to patrol the bike trail gives citizens a sense of comfort knowing that officers are patrolling the bike areas and keeping it safe. The trails are long and isolated. The cops on bikes is something that is needed on the bike trails and even in town,”
Prestonsburg Police plan on utilizing the bikes until the winter season.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.