Rome, GA – August 25, 2020: The TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) Rome Floyd Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Blanton Smith as Executive Director of Northwest Georgia’s only non-profit trail advocacy group. Since organizing in 2012, TRED Rome Floyd has operated with a volunteer Board of Directors and Julie has served as volunteer President, however, thanks to a generous donation from Hardy Realty, Julie will be the first paid staff member. TRED is dedicated to the development and expansion of trails with the belief that trails are integral to the economic health and well being of communities. Read More →

Bob Moore Bridge

Courtesy Sarasota Herald-Tribune Bill and Sue Newbegin looked for homes to buy here before moving down from Boston. In showing a Venice house, one real estate agent mentioned that it was only a half hour away from the Legacy Trail. The Newbegins moved down in March and bought bicycles. “We’ve always thought about biking,” said Bill Newbegin, a 64-year-old retired New England newspaper journalist, adding that he hadn’t ridden one in years. That’s not all that unusual. Advertisements for rental and for-sale homes promote their proximity to bicycle and pedestrian trails for sound reasons, as the Newbegins demonstrate. As Sarasota County embarks on two northernRead More →

Cartoon boy on bike logo

Monday, May 29, 2017 Congregational Holiness Church 323 Furnace Street Cedartown, GA 30125 Looking for a great family or youth group activity on Memorial Day? The 4th annual Miles of Hope ride is a fun way for riders and walkers to give back to Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center. There will be a fun walk or ride along the Polk County portion of the Silver Comet Trail or a 10, 20, 30, or NEW 55 mile road option for long distance cyclists. A celebratory post-ride lunch will be at Congregational Holiness Church. Registration fee is a donation of your choice with 100% of the proceeds used toRead More →

Up the Creek without a pedal logo

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic. Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options. Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County. Up the CreekRead More →

Ribbon cutting for the new GE Trails

Light rain Saturday didn’t stop a large crowd from taking part in the dedication of the new GE Trails at Garrard Park. Well over a hundred hiking and biking enthusiasts along with descendants of Dr. John L. Garrard huddled under tents near the trailhead, at the east end of the old General Electric parking lot, to dedicate the recreation area (map). The 123 acres are named for the doctor who originally owned the land and sold it to General Electric in July 1952 for $118,350. His youngest son, Bobby Garrard, who still lives in Rome, snipped the ribbon to officially open the recreational complex. Dr.Read More →

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic. Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options. Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County. Up the CreekRead More →

Save Saturday, April 29, 2017 for the 27th annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal bike and trail ride.  Online registration is open: https://upthecreekwithoutapedal.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6484 Many thanks to Harbin Clinic for sponsoring and leading the Heritage Trail Family ride!Read More →

December 15, 2016 By Doug Walker Associate Editor DWalker@RN-T.com A group organizing biking and walking trails on land donated to the city of Rome by General Electric got some more help from the company Thursday. Rome GE executive Cody Platt presented Trails for Recreation and Economic Development officials with a check for $5,000. The money will be used for the advancement of walking and biking trails at the park being generated on the 123-acre tract. “A portion will likely be set aside for ongoing maintenance of the trails,” said TRED President Julie Smith. Some of the funds are also slated to be used for theRead More →

JULY 14, 2016 the rules of the road Lindsey ENFORCEMENT, SAFETY, TIPS 7 Comments It can be hard to figure out what the hell you should be doing out there in the vast wilderness of traffic. People get angry about pretty much every behavior. Someone will get mad at you for following the law precisely, while someone else gets mad that you harmlessly break the law. Car-driving commenters love to rail about how bikers break the law and use that as an argument for why we shouldn’t invest in bike infrastructure or encourage cycling. Bike-riding commenters complain about drivers parking in the bike lane or pedestrians walking on bike paths. It’s all a hot mess.Read More →