Cindy Cash, daughter of singing legend Johnny Cash, will attend the ground-breaking ceremony Feb. 27 for the $3 million Johnny Cash Trail for bikes in Folsom. The trail will feature a Folsom Prison-like bridge.
The new off-street bike trail is on an easement on the western edge of Folsom State Prison, the state’s second oldest prison.
The groundbreaking ceremony is at 3 p.m. at the corner of Folsom Lake Crossing and East Natoma Street, said Robert Goss, city of Folsom director of parks and recreation.
The trail’s name comes from the legendary singer’s 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues” a January 1968 concert at the prison and the subsequent hit 1968 hit album “At Folsom Prison.”
A new bike bridge over Folsom Lake Crossing is the most expensive part of the project. It will safely carry riders over the busy traffic of Folsom Lake Crossing and East Natoma Street, which connects Granite Bay with Folsom and El Dorado Hills. The concrete bridge is designed to reflect the look of the Gothic guard towers of Folsom State Prison’s west gate.
Cash was not known as a big bike rider, but he helped make the prison famous, Goss said.
The city of Folsom has 35 miles of Class 1 bike trails, which are trails for bikes only and not on city streets. This new segment of trail adds about 2.5 miles of Class 1 bike trail parallel with East Natoma Street and makes a connection with the city’s civic center and also with the American River Bike Trail.
A second phase of the Johnny Cash Trail will parallel Prison Road to the prison’s front gate. Prison Road is a narrow, two-lane road, and prison officials were willing to give up the easement for the trail if the city would build an off-street trail to the prison for guards who want to commute to work by bicycle, Goss said.
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