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Community foundation creates Bike Fund


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  • Jun. 11, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Community foundation creates Bike Fund

Coweta Community Foundation

Bicycling enthusiasts in Coweta have joined forces to form Bike Coweta, an advocacy group that promotes bicycle safety and a bicycle-friendly community. From left are Chris Doane, Jason Eaker, Sharrona Williams, Vicki Kaiser and Giovanni Middei.

The Coweta Community Foundation has established a Bike Coweta Fund as a way for bicycling enthusiasts and supporters to help make Coweta a safe and bike-friendly community.

Chris Doane, one of Bike Coweta’s board members, said the group is “dedicated to
advocating on behalf of local and visiting cyclists in Coweta County. Bike Coweta’s
goals are to provide a safe and bicycle-friendly community to local citizens and to
encourage cycling tourism to the area.”

“We have seen amazing growth in the Coweta cycling community,” said Bike Coweta board member Vicki Kaiser. “This growth has led to the recent announcement of a premier bike shop opening in downtown Newnan in August. Bike Coweta is being formed to meet the
safety and advocacy needs of this rapidly growing movement.”

Also on the Bike Coweta board are Ian Buchanan, Jessica Griffith, Jim Thomasson,
Danny Beck and JJ Thomasson.

Coweta County has designated more than 100 miles as county bike routes, and three State
of Georgia bike routes cross the county as well. Coweta bike routes are also used for
eight metro Atlanta area “century rides,” those of 100 miles or more and occurring within
12 hours, usually held as part of an event sponsored by a cycling club.

Bike Coweta lists among its goals implementation of bike/pedestrian facilities for
Coweta County and its municipalities; continued development of the Coweta County
Bike Route Network, including the addition of new routes, bike lanes and DOT-approved
signage; development of shared-use trail systems for hikers and mountain bikers;
marketing of Coweta as a venue for cycling-related events for both road and mountain
biking; establishment of a bike-friendly community designed to cater to both local
cyclists and tourists; and fundraising from private and corporate donors as well as grant
Programs.

The group has also established a website, bikecoweta.com, which includes information to
help local and visiting bikers plan their bike routes in Coweta.

“The Community Foundation is excited to assist local community leaders in getting Bike
Coweta off the ground,” said Will Conoly, chair of the CCF board. “The foundation fully
supports efforts that assist Coweta County citizens and their families to share an active
lifestyle. Bike Coweta will make it easier for citizens and visitors to explore Coweta
County and all the great things it has to offer.”

The community has a variety of ways to get involved with Bike Coweta. Financial gifts
may be made through the new Bike Coweta fund with the Coweta Community
Foundation. Volunteers are needed to assist with cycling events, and sponsorship
opportunities are available to organizations and businesses that want to play a role in the
new initiative.

For more information on Bike Coweta, visit bikecoweta.com. To donate, visit
cowetafoundation.org, click on the “Give” tab and select “Make a gift” before selecting
the “Bike Coweta” fund.