The weekend forecast — some sunshine and a high close to 60 — is not such good news for the Rome Winter Cyclocross races, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday in Ridge Ferry Park. When it comes to cyclocross, a Euro-centric cycling sport, it seems the worse the weather, the better the event. “It’s based in the tradition of bad weather, cold, rain, snow, mud,” said organizer Trey Smith. Smith said a 1.5 mile course will be laid out over the section of the park closest to downtown. The format will be somewhat non-traditional. Instead of one long race, 45 minutes to an hour, theRead More →

If you missed last night’s bike/ped/trail update meeting at the Forum in Rome, you missed hearing from people who believe in Rome and Floyd County being better connected creating more bike and pedestrian infrastructure.  Yes, there were people there who felt that “Rome will be like Pakistan, with all these people on bikes.” and people not understanding why this plan has to happen in the first place, but I choose to believe in good, and the good news is that at least half of the room understood that we are planning for the future and that we have to plan now for transportation alternatives thatRead More →

Voters flocked to the polls last Tuesday and we saw many changes in State Houses and Congress. But what did November 4th mean for biking and walking? Advocacy Advance tracks and supports campaigns to win public funding for active transportation. Yay for Cobb County, where fifty-three percent of voters approved a renewal to the one cent sales tax for transportation projects, including $35 million for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Boo for those in Greenville County , SC (home of the Swamp Rabbit Trail):  After a successful poll in 2013 showed public agreement that elected officials should support funding for a variety of transportation types, the GreenvilleRead More →

Rome, GA-TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) is pleased to announce “Dan,The Clean-up Man” as the newest addition to the initiative to keep the Rome-Floyd Heritage Trail system clean and unobstructed from debris.  “Dan,The Clean-up Man,” also known as Dan Greeson, is a recently retired banker who loves to bike and is happy to give back to his community by donating his services to TRED. Dan rides a bike designed to pull a trailer equipped with a trash can, bags, and lawn equipment and three to five hours of Dan’s weekly rides will be devoted to assisting the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority inRead More →

Great shout out by USA Today on Rome’s beauty and the great network of Heritage Trails.  We are working to increase them! Rome, Ga. Embraced by three winding rivers, Downtown Rome and bustling Broad Street have been the center of activity in this northwest Georgia hub for over 180 years. The mix of boutiques, Victorian architecture, Roman cuisine, rich heritage and green space has allowed Rome to live up to the reputation of the classic eternal city from which it derives its moniker. In addition to a variety of dining options, there’s a fascinating assortment of statues and plaques detailing the town’s development. Don’t missRead More →

The public workshop meeting for the Rome-Floyd County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update will be held on Monday, August 4 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Berry-Shorter Room of the Forum in downtown Rome.  The workshop will include a brief presentation as well as small group discussions to identify specific walking and biking improvements desired in the community.  Want a bike lane along a particular road, a trail with connections to specific destinations, or an intersection improvement to make it safer to walk? This is the time to share your thoughts. The project team will also be hosting open office hours on Tuesday, August 5Read More →

By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist Posted: July 15, 2014 With a glistening river beside him and a lush treetop canopy above, Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was in his nature-loving glory atop his Zurich LeMond road bike one spring day a couple of years ago, breezing along the Schuylkill River Trail, when two things of beauty caught his eye. They were signs on the fence of a restaurant on the other side of Kelly Drive, just west of the Route 1 overpass, in East Falls. One said: “Bikes Welcome.” The other: “Beer & Bikes.” The establishment, In Riva, has sinceRead More →

By Herb Hiller A conference of Georgians that didn’t blink at the idea of marketing bicycle tours to commemorate Sherman’s March to the Sea left no one shaking their heads about trails, not cars, fronting Georgia’s urban future. If the ravaging of antebellum culture could be re-packaged as economic development, why not trails to free Georgia from its oath to suburban culture? The Georgia Trail Summit in April was the first in 15 years. Although its 150 registrants spent less than a day and a half under the same roof, they came away convinced of trails ascendant in a future channeled through volunteerism, nonprofits, andRead More →

George Harper, Rome Some recent letters to the editor have expressed opposition to developing the proposed rail corridor between Rome and Cave Spring as a rails-to-trails project. The writers express concern about loss of privacy on their property and crime, and they ask basic questions like who will patrol the trails and how will basic human hygiene issues be addressed. First, Rome’s leaders have done a great job of developing recreational trails for our community. Rome is a better place to live because of it. Young professional workers look for these kinds of amenities in a community when considering where to live and work, andRead More →