Rails to Trails Moving Along

   

Making room for Rails-to-Trails, removed ties at Burger King on Warm Springs Road

Making room for Rails-to-Trails, removed ties at Burger King on Warm Springs Road

 Rails to Trails is edging closer to reality.  Rick Jones, Columbus City Planner,  told members of the Coalition for Sound Growth that the rails and ties have been taken up, and that the company charged with the removal is paying $500,000  for them.  Bids on construction will be let next month.  He thinks construction can start in May and hopes the trail may be opened early next year.

This news was greeted with enthusiasm by the Collation since the more people who use their bikes to get around the less pollution their cars will add to the air problem in Columbus.  One Coalition member told me after the meeting that she plans to ride her bike the whole 11 miles from Psalmond Road, where she lives, to her job in downtown Columbus.   She said she looks forward to it.

Jack Lockwood, Coalition for Sound Growth, Spencer Environmental Center, Columbus, GA

Jack Lockwood, standing, right top, Coalition for Sound Growth, Spencer Environmental Center, Columbus, GA

And speaking of riding your bike to work,  Jack Lockwood of Environmental Health – West central Georgia District – asked everyone to help promote “Bike to Work Day”  on May 15th.  Can’t you just see those hundreds of bikes parked in the AFLAC and TSYS parking lots!  bike-to-eork_0804

I can remember when I rode my bike darn near everywhere.  I was eleven-years-old and lived in downtown Columbus, which was really jumping with a lot of cars back then so we mainly rode on the sidewalks,  and nobody complained.  After all,  you had to ride on the sidewalks when you “threw papers” on front porches, which everybody had then.   My Columbus Ledger route was on 2nd Avenue.

I remember one Boy Scout bike trip that was 28 miles roundtrip, but that one was on the roads that had some pretty steep hills.   I was sore in unmentional places for days.  I am sure 28 miles is nothing to today’s riders.

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One Response to “Rails to Trails Moving Along”

  1. Kent Says:

    I do not think the “Raisl to trails” program is a very good idea. Think about it. People who run or bike usually do not want to stop and wait for car traffic at least every mile or so. They want to maintain a pace over a long period of time. They also wear music devices I- Pods, MP3 players and can’t hear traffic. I just hope no one gets seriously injured on this new run/bike trail.

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