Community bike ride planned for Olde Town Conyers

CONYERS - Cycling enthusiasts and residents in Olde Town Conyers are looking to begin a new tradition Sunday with the first of a series of monthly organized bicycle rides through town.

The Bicycle Ride in Olde Town is organized by the Conyers Main Street Foundation and Olde Town Conyers Neighborhood Association, with additional help from the Covington-Conyers Cycling Club and Conte's Bicycles and Fitness Equipment. The 4-mile ride will begin 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Railroad Depot in Olde Town and finish at the Whistle Post Tavern at Railroad and Elm streets.

Daniel Digby of the Olde Town Conyers Neighborhood Association said the idea for the bike ride is connected to efforts to build a multi-use trail connecting the South River trail with Olde Town Conyers.

The work is being done through a citizens' committee of the Main Street Foundation that focuses on trails. Organizers wanted to make the bicycle ride a monthly event, every fourth Sunday. Digby said organizers are committed to doing the ride for the next three months to gauge interest in the event.

"We look to generate interest in cycling in Conyers and Rockdale County and to get people out for some fellowship and ice cream," Digby said. "Hopefully, sometime in the future, we will be able to do this on the trail."

The route for the bicycle ride traverses the Olde Town business district and through some of the historic residential streets. The route will take cyclists up Milstead Avenue, Eastview Road, through Eastview Cemetery, up Woodland Road and Turner Street. The route continues on College Avenue and Springwood Drive before going on Main Street and back toward downtown.

The bicycle ride is also a continuing effort of organizers to obtain a Bicycle Friendly Community designation for Conyers. The designation is awarded by the League of American Bicyclists and recognizes municipalities that make significant steps to be bicycle friendly.

Conyers would be the second city in Georgia to obtain the designation, following Roswell. Overall, there are 72 cities in 26 states designated as a bicycle-friendly community.

"We see this as an economic development and quality of life thing," Digby said.

There is no charge to join the ride. Digby said the ride is designed to be a 45-minute, leisurely group ride for children and adults. For more information, call Eddie Shirey with the Covington-Conyers Cycling Club at 770-483-1110 or Digby at 770-760-1771.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: At a glance

· What: Bicycle Ride in Olde Town

· When: 6 p.m., every fourth Sunday of the month, beginning this Sunday

· Where: A 4-mile loop through Olde Town Conyers beginning at the Railroad Depot and finishing at the Whistle Post Tavern on Railroad Street. Ice cream and refreshments will be provided at the end of the ride.

· For more information: Call Eddie Shiery at 770-483-1110 or Daniel Digby at 770-760-1771