Savannah celebrated National Bike to Work Day on Friday with a morning bike commute, the announcement of a Bicycle Block Party this weekend, and the celebration of a grant that will improve bicycle signage in Savannah. More than 20 cyclists started the morning by commuting from Habersham Village Shopping Center to Johnson Square in front of City Hall, where they enjoyed coffee, socialized and participated in a news conference. The ride was organized by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.
Among the riders were City of Savannah employees participating in the City’s LEAN Challenge, a competition in which participants have pledged to collectively lose almost 1,000 pounds. District 4 Alderwoman Mary Ellen Sprague is a LEAN Challenge competitor, and participated in Friday’s ride. “The City of Savannah is enthusiastic about cycling because it’s good for our environment, good for our roads, and good for parking,” Alderwoman Sprague said. “It’s also a great way to experience our beautiful community.”
At the news conference Dominic Ross with the City’s Mobility and Parking Services Department announced that the City was the recipient of a $2,500 matching grant awarded by Georgia Bikes to assist Savannah with bicycle safety and way-finding signage. The City will use the grant to install signage along the 1.3-mile route between Hutchinson Island (taking the Savannah Belles Ferry across the river) and the Savannah Visitor Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The route is a vital link along the Coastal Georgia Greenway, a 155-mile route through Georgia’s six coastal counties.
City Sustainability Coordinator Garrison Marr promoted this Sunday’s Bicycle Block Party on Savannah’s eastside, which will include bicycle games for kids, live music, fresh food from the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, and the much-anticipated Tricycle Time Trials. It will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Savannah Gardens, 515 Pennsylvania Ave. The Bicycle Block Party is the second of four Play Streets Savannah events to be held by the City this year. Savannah unofficially broke the world hopskotching record at the first Play Streets event.