Love art?  Love trails?  Love TRED?  Marry all of your loves by attending the opening night reception of “Paint the Trails with Art” at Rome’s ECO Center on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30-8:30 .pm. Local guest artists and students have donated their artwork in all mediums depicting trails and the outdoors and the art will be priced reasonably for you to take home several one of a kind pieces. A beautiful handmade quilt made from Coosa Valley Cycling Association ride t-shirts will be up for silent auction as well as handmade knives, ceramic crosses, and stationary. Other artists include: Cave Spring potter John Johnston, painterRead More →

Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune More than two dozen public officials turned out Monday for the first of two workshops this week to consider a possible extension of the Silver Comet Trail from Cedartown to Cave Spring. Sandra Lindsey, director of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority, said she’s excited about the tourism opportunities a connection to the 61.5-mile multi-use trail would bring. Cedartown Council Chair­man Dale Tuck also was enthusiastic about extending the pathway that starts in Smyrna and runs through her city. “I think this would be a great boost to the city of Cedartown,” she said. In addition to officials from the two cities, theRead More →

Thanks, Darren, mugging for TRED in his TRED shirt and coffee mug.  If you want to do the same, mugs and shirts are on sale at for $10 each at Cycle Therapy.Read More →

The Georgia Trail Summit is an awesome event that will take place for the second year in Athens, GA June 4-6.  Organizers are focused on the themes of “Building a Culture of Health on Trails in Georgia” and “Trails as a Transportation Solution”.  If you are interested in learning more about trails and the many positive benefits of them and how to be involved in your community (hint, TRED), please plan on attending the Summit.  Visit Georgia Trail Summit. This document encapsulates the work of the organizers and is a “clif’s notes” version of why trails, what is the difference between trails and greenways, howRead More →

  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 →