Most, if not all, cyclists headed to bike Florida trails must pass through Georgia on the way. (Airlines charge outrageous fees to carry a bicycle as luggage.) In these challenging economic times, Georgia would do well to promote our existing trails -- like the nationally renowned Silver Comet -- and invest in extending those trails to become a destination for outdoor vacationers and adventure cyclists. And, Newton County is perfectly poised to be the east metro link in that chain of connected trails from the Chief Ladiga in Alabama, to the Silver Comet in west Georgia, to the Atlanta BeltLine, through DeKalb and Rockdale, to our community and beyond.
We'd better hurry, though. As the resolution clearly states, Florida is moving boldly ahead with hundreds of miles of greenway trails. We can't afford to keep falling behind.
Stay and bike Georgia first!