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January 24, 2013

City learns perks of becoming Bicycle Friendly Community

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Among the local leaders slated to meet with Broadwell through Friday include Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley, Chamber of Commerce CEO April Bragg, Economic Development Authority Executive Director Matt Poyner, Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Mike Couch, Oconee River Greenway Executive Director Heather Langston, Oconee River Greenway Foundation Board President Colin Moore, Bicyling Club of Milledgeville President Tom Glover, Middle Georgia Regional Commission’s Transportation Mobility Manager Bob Rychel, County Commissioner Tommy French, District 2, and City Council members Denese Shinholster, District 3, Phillip Joiner, District 4, and Steve Chambers, District 6.

“I’ve received some good, strong support from City Council on becoming bicycle-friendly, which will relieve parking issues downtown. They also liked the idea of putting up a video that tape records people going by and they can fast forward through the video to count how many bicyclists travel through an area. A council member was also excited to hear that we don’t have to put in bike lanes everywhere and that sharrows can help people be knowledgeable of bicyclists; it’s an inexpensive way to approach it,” Broadwell said Wednesday afternoon while heading to meet Johnny Grant, Georgia College community engagement and economic development director and former state senator. “The biggest areas of weakness are enforcement and education. There needs to be more focus on educating the public and positive efforts need to be made from the police department in enforcing the law. Overall, everybody is excited and anxious to get started as soon as possible.”

Lidstone hopes to apply to become a Bicycle Friendly Community with the League of American Bicyclists, the designating authority, in July.

“If a community has a Complete Streets policy, then it makes the application look better; they go together nicely,” he said. “Georgia has already passed a Complete Streets policy statewide.”

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