The free event begins at 9 a.m. For 9-11 a.m., it will feature information, bike checks and minor repairs and adjustments by local bike shop mechanics, instruction on bike safety and riding skills, and opportunities to practice in nearby parking lots.
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After bike checks and orientation, participants will be invited to walk or ride the Firefly Trail from Dudley Park to the temporary end of the trail at Hancock Road, a one-way distance of about 3.1 miles (see the route from Dudley Park to the trail’s temporary end at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37763626). The event will end at noon.
Drinks and snacks will be available at the Firefly Trail Inc. tent near the RaceTrac service station beside the trail near Old Winterville Road and Oconee Street. In addition, coupons for a free lunch at RaceTrac will be provided to anyone riding or walking all the way out to Hancock Road and back.
“The Firefly Trail is a powerful new amenity that can help bring the East Athens community together through safe, off-road exercise and car-free transportation,” said Doug Kleiber, Firefly Trail Inc. board member and lead organizer of the event. “We’re hoping to introduce a lot of families to the trail and create a greater sense of ownership among the community.”
Partnering with Firefly Trail Inc. will be Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services, BikeAthens, Athens in Motion, East Athens Community Center, the Boys and Girls Club, North Oconee River Greenway Commission, Georgia Cycle Sport and The Hub bike shop.
Families are welcome to bring their own bikes. Mechanics will be on hand to do light work on bikes that need a little TLC, and loaner bikes will be available for practice in the parking lot. Work is underway to acquire free helmets and other bike accessories. Light refreshments will be available.
Dudley Park is located about half a mile from downtown on East Broad Street across from the University of Georgia’s Chicopee Building. Free parking will be available in the Cook & Brothers parking lot (N-1) lot. In the event of rain, organizers will hold as many activities as they safely can but the event will be rescheduled at a later date if the weather is severe. All participants are urged to follow CDC recommendations for COVID-19 safety, including wearing a mask when close to people who are not in your household.
Firefly Trail Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to foster the creation of a 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point on or near the historic corridor of the Georgia Railroad Athens Branch. Paved trail segments are now open in Athens, Winterville, Maxeys and Union Point. For more information or to get involved, visit www.fireflytrail.com.