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River Valley RC Bike-Ped Activities

RVRC-implemented bicycle and pedestrian activities have met with great success as evidenced by increased participation among individual participants and advocacy groups each year. Each event addresses numerous regional plan goals ranging from the promotion of, and improved quality of, alternative modes of transportation, marketing campaigns promoting cycling and pedestrian activities, Georgia Made-Georgia Grown, economic development, increased recognition and appreciation of historic resources, and buy local among others.

Another regional plan goal addressed is a safe walking environment for children. One area school has constructed grant-funded sidewalk and bicycle facilities as a result of one of several Safe Routes to School plans prepared by River Valley.

The numerous promotional activities are attracting increased local sponsorship and have received planning awards from state and national planning and development organizations.
• Activities have helped Columbus implement its Complete Streets ordinance
• Annual Bike to Work Days and Rides with the Mayor generate hundreds of participants in Americus and Columbus.
• Hundreds have participated in the annual Columbus Midtown Bike Around event
• Cyclists who do the “Tour de Farm” each spring travel a pre-planned, three-day two night, 100+ mile, marked route.
• Hundreds more, some from as far away as Alabama, Florida and Tennessee, have cycled along a three-city route connecting both of the region’s national historic sites, Andersonville and Jimmy Carter National Historic Sites.
Promotion of these events through the activevalley.org website has helped develop “bicycle” traffic in, and attract tourist cyclists to, the region.


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