Bike path sign on Highway 51 unveiled _lowres

Photo provided by Alyson Lapuma -- Attending a ceremony Jan. 14 marking the placement of the first bike path sign along the Manchac Greenway are, from left, Natalie Robottom, St. John the Baptist Parish president; Robby Miller, Tangipahoa Parish president and Gordon Burgess, former Tangipahoa Parish president.

After less than a year of planning, the organizers of the proposed Manchac Greenway joined officials from Tangipahoa and St. John the Baptist parishes to erect the first bike path sign along old Highway 51.

The sign, located near the Swamp Walk south of Ponchatoula, was unveiled Jan. 14 during a ceremony.

Organizers said they hope to provide a venue for running, biking and enhanced viewing and swamp access on the 26-mile route from Ponchatoula to LaPlace.

“This idea was initiated by a few citizens a year ago who sought to have a fishing pier build at Pass Manchac,” said Frank Neelis, a member of the Manchac Greenway steering committee.

The steering committee began to realize there were numerous other venues and have developed a list of potential projects.