The next time you’re at the GE Trails at Garrard Park, please sign the new log book attached to the kiosk to let us know you were there.  Several people have already signed the trail book and commented on the incredible trails and wonderful volunteers. Thanks to our awesome trail builders for the kid’s skills area to test their bike handling ability before they hit the GE Trails.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 →

Berry Service Day - maintaining GE Trails

GE Trails at Garrard Park was the beneficiary of Berry freshmen this past Saturday as 20 students participated in the Berry First Year Service Day by working on the trails.  They provided sweat equity by mulching the trails, spreading gravel along low lying spots, and using hand tools to clean and maintain the mountain bike and walking trails in West Rome. Thanks to dedicated volunteers who worked alongside the students, teaching them the work it takes to keep trails in riding condition, Billy Nicholson, Harry Brock, Steve Kight, Logan Boss, Mike Rousseau, Derek Walck, and to Chris Jenkins and City of Rome Public Works Department for providing mulch.Read 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 →

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 →

  Over 530 cyclists rode the beautiful roads in Rome and Floyd County on April 30 during the 26th annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal Century Ride, co-sponsored by TRED and Coosa Valley Cycling Association.  Ride options ranged from the 13 mile Heritage Trail ride upwards to the 109 century route that ventured into Walker County. For the second year in a row riders departed from the Town Green and were able to enjoy lunch at local restaurants, a favorite feature of the riders.  Also a favorite feature of the ride was the delicious homemade strawberry ice cream that awaited riders at the LCCLRead More →

Rome, GA-Rome resident and TRED Board of Advisor, Dan Greeson was recently awarded the Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation at the annual lunch meeting in Atlanta. Dan was nominated by TRED President, Julie Smith, and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton for his dedication to keeping the Heritage Trails clean from litter and debris. The Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” Award honors an outstanding man who has demonstrated lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resourcesRead More →

TRED is also a stakeholder in this great project… Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis (left) and Rome Mayor Jamie Doss cut the ribbon for the new respite area and interactive trail sign at the celebration ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Sarah Lane/RN-T)   Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Sarah Lane Recordings of native birdcalls played at the ceremony Tuesday marking completion of the rest areas and interactive signs on the Heritage Trail System in Rome. “It’s a great trail system and this just adds so much to the trail,”Read More →