By Tia Lynn Ivey
Morgan County government recently spent $1,100 for 14 new bike signs posted along county roads at the suggestion of a regional non-profit cycling club. The Covington, Conyers Cycling Club, known as the C4 Cycling Club, presented the idea to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) about purchasing signs to enhance biker safety throughout the county.
“The county was approached at the beginning of the year by C4 regarding designated bike routes on the west end. Since the cycling club has conducted organized biking along our roadways for some time, we thought appropriate signage was necessary. The designation of the routes also coincides with some elements related to the county’s comprehensive plan,” explained Adam Mestres, county manager.
The signs are designed to alert motorists of cyclists on popular county roads for bikers.
President of the C4 Cycling Club, John Keck, is working with numerous counties in the region to enhance safety for cyclists.
“We are working in the East Georgia area for improved bike-safety on county roads,” said Keck. “We are very active in the community, especially when it comes to bike safety.”
Keck showed the BOC the routes the C4 Cycling Club usually rides when coming through Morgan County and asked the commissioners to consider posting signs since the county roads are used often by cyclists.
“We try to stay on county roads and stay off of the main highways,” explained Keck, who noted Newborn Road and Dixie Highway are the main county roads cyclists utilize.
“The most significant way to improve safety for bikers, as well as pedestrians, is to improve infrastructure,” said Keck. “Adding signage to the streets is one of the least expensive things we can do, but also one of the more impactful things we can do.”
Keck would love to see bike lines added to country roads throughout Georgia but noted the cost of such a project is prohibitive for most counties.
“We would love to have bike lanes build along county roads, but we don’t have the millions of dollars it would take to do that,” said Keck. “But these signs will educate drivers that there are cyclists, joggers and walkers using these county roads, too.”
Keck’s group also persuaded Walton and Newton counties to post bike signage along their county roads.
The C4 Club is also working on a special giveaway for Christmas.
The group is conducting a bike build, building new bikes out recycled bikes, to giveaway to children on Christmas. “Our goal is to give away 50 new bike,” said Keck.
To support the C4 Cycling Club or for more, visit: c4cycling.com or check out the group’s Facebook page.