Brown's Mill, Senoia Rides
Effort under way to add more bicycle trails in Coweta County
by Staff Reports
Coweta County has its share of bicycle enthusiasts, and while local officials are looking to expand options for bike lanes and trails there are several opportunities coming up to get out in the spring weather, with organized rides upcoming at the Brown’s Mill battlefield park development and in historic Senoia.
Cindy Brooks, wife of Coweta Commissioner Rodney Brooks, recently appeared before the commissioners to ask for consideration of future bike trails in the county.
There are a lot of people moving into the area who “are living healthy and wanting to do those kinds of outdoor activities,” she told the commissioners. She’d like to see the county consider adding bike lanes when roads are repaved. She suggested the Tommy Lee Cook area would be a particularly good one for bike lanes.
Georgia Department of Transportation requires bike facilities on some new road projects, Coweta Assistant Administrator Michael Fouts said. The proposed Newnan Bypass Extension south of Newnan will include bicycle facilities. The newly widened Georgia Highway 34 Bypass already has bike lanes and pedestrian facilities.
Commissioner Bob Blackburn said he’s talked with county Transportation Planner Tavores Edwards about the possibility of the county getting some grants for walking and biking trails.
The board voted at the recent meeting to approve the use of county right-of-way for several events, including the Blalock Lakes Triathlon, Wounded Warrior Project Cycling Event, and Beck Charity Ride.
Coweta has seen a variety of bicycle ride events in recent years that bring visitors who experience the county’s historic ambience, see its natural beauty along back roads and spend money — rides such as the Georgia Tech Cycling Classic, BRAG/Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, and local rides such as the Moreland based Lewis Grizzard and Catfish Ride that benefits the Ferst Foundation’s literacy efforts.
Newnan City Council recently approved the first phase of a proposed citywide bike and pedestrian trail.
Phase I of the BikePed Plan provides a conceptual network that builds on previous and ongoing local regional planning efforts.
Various maps highlight existing sidewalks and pathways and proposed trails, and the work will be done in-house by city staff.
“Recognizing that there are limited resources to address bicycle and sidewalk deficiencies, the next phase of this plan will use a matrix to rank the potential bicycle and pedestrian segments outlined in Phase I,” according to staff documents.
“Bicycle and sidewalk facility expenditures will then provide maximum benefit. Phase II of this plan is estimated to be completed in September.”
Meanwhile, local bicycle enthusiasts can pump up their tires and get ready to ride.
Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association is holding its second annual “Ride for the River” benefit bicycle ride April 14 with rides beginning and ending at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road.
The rain-or-shine event will feature 14-mile, 30-mile, 60-mile and 104-mile rides. You can pre-register at www.friendsofbrownsmillbattlefield.com or at active.com , or register on site the day of the event starting 8 a.m. For more information, contact Carolyn Turner at 770-253-8264.
Turner is president of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association, working hard to raise both money and awareness of the Civil War battlefield park south of Newnan. The association, formerly the Friends of Brown’s Mill Battlefield, was formed shortly after Coweta County purchased the land as greenspace.
Senoia Area Historical Society is planning its fourth annual Historic Senoia Bicycle Tour 9 a.m. May 4. The event welcomes those interested in cruising along leisurely by bicycle with a group through the historic east Coweta town.
The Senoia historical society is sponsoring the easy three-hour bicycle tour of town for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. See interesting architecture, hear tales of residents past and present, and see sites where such films and TV episodes have been shot, including “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The War,” “Andersonville,” “Broken Bridges,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Walking Dead.”
The tour will begin and end at Senoia Area Historical Society Headquarters/ Museum at 6 Couch Street in Senoia. Recommended donations are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13. All proceeds benefit the Senoia Area Historical Society for use in its educational programs, museum, and activities.