- Last Updated: Monday, 14 March 2016 19:36
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On Tuesday May 8th local trail safety advocates rode their bikes
from Conyers to the State Capital.
Their purpose was to meet with their State Senator JaNice Van Ness to underline a raft of important issues for vulnerable road users. The advocates asked for her support of current legislation that clarifies the law protecting pedestrians & cyclists in crosswalks. Other asks included: support of a statewide study of the economic impacts of cycling tourism, support of the East Coast Greenway, support of the construction of 50 miles of multi-use trail in the Atlanta area to truly connect all Atlanta’s existing trails.
The advocates spoke at length with Senator Van Ness about local issues as well. Local topics included: connecting the Olde Town Conyers Trail with the S. Rockdale Trail, specific roadways and intersections that are particularly difficult for pedestrians & cyclists, and the importance of all those in our community to have safe transportation options. In addition to the 45-minute meeting with Senator Van Ness, she graciously introduced the riders to Lt Governor Casey Cagle, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
After the meeting under the Gold Dome, the group returned to Conyers via Stone Mountain to complete the 65-mile bike ride using both multi-use trails and roads. When asked about the ride afterwards CRB&TC member Eddie Shirey said it was an overwhelming success. “Senator Van Ness understands the quality of life impact & economic development impact of multi-use trails and safer roadways for all users in our communities... She is a champion to our mission and I am encouraged that she understands the benefits these improvements would bring to our community”.
Information about CRB&TC can be found on their Facebook page.