Macon bike riders celebrate ‘open streets’ on Sunday
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bike Walk Macon organizers started the month of October off on two wheels instead of four at their annual Open Streets Macon bike parade.
Organizers turned city streets into cyclist streets on Sunday–bringing residents and their bikes out.
“It’s a day where we shut down miles of streets in Macon and change them. Usually our streets in Macon are funded and designed only for vehicles even though everybody is meant to use the street, ” said organizer Rachel Holler.
Bells, rings, and chimes filled the fall air along the mile and a half stretch down College Street.
“People can come out and walk, come out and ride their bike, they can skateboard, they can get on their roller blades,” said volunteer Gregory Brown.
Anything without a motor, Holler says it’s all an effort to get Macon on the map of bike-friendly cities across the U.S.
“Macon has a big movement right now for better biking and better walking. We also have one in three people in Macon-Bibb County who do not have a driver’s license,” she continued.
Riders of all ages and skill levels rode from Washington Memorial Library to A. L Miller Village.
“Whether you’re a skilled biker or you haven’t ridden a bicycle the last thirty years this is a good opportunity to come out and get back comfortable with riding a bike,” Brown said.
It’s that’s the kind of terrain Holler and other Bike Walk Macon organizers want to create.
“This is an opportunity for us to let people experience the streets and hopefully, have a different change of mindset of ‘this is what our streets can be like if we were welcoming to bicyclists and pedestrians’.”
Two wheels, four wheels and even feet–all welcome to travel on the same streets.