Falling in line with the town of Franklin’s initiative to make downtown more pedestrian and cycler-friendly, town leaders will be hosting a community bicycle ride on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 10 a.m.
“The bike event is going to be another great event to help show the traffic patterns and conditions that cyclists experience when biking around Franklin,” said Town of Franklin Planner Justin Setser. “The consultant team will have firsthand knowledge of problem and congested areas. All while making stops along the way and explaining options that could be pursued in those areas of concern.”
Consultants working with Franklin officials to make recommendations to sidewalks and roadways in and around Franklin will be on hand to identify possible plans and improvements to the downtown biking area. The route will help both town leaders, residents, and the consultants learn of problem areas and identify specific needs in the community.
The event will begin and end in the parking lot behind Smoky Mountain Bicycles on Main Street in Franklin. All riders wanting to join the ride will need to have their own bicycle and must wear a helmet. A map of the route will be provided the day of the event.
The town of Franklin is developing a bicycle and pedestrian plan to make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. Once completed, the plan will be used to guide future investments in on- and off-road bicycling and pedestrian facilities and support town programs that encourage alternative transportation options.
The community bicycling event follows a community walking event held earlier this month. Both events are part of the town’s broader vision to improve downtown. While improving Franklin’s streets and sidewalks is a longterm goal for Franklin leaders, the new town board have each made access to downtown a top priority and while running for office, promised voters to tackle the issue sooner rather than later.
For more information on the process, visit bikewalkfranklin.wordpress.com or look for updates on Town of Franklin Planning Department Facebook page.