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Area cyclists planning ride to Capitol
Show of support for better road safety
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Forsyth County News

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The bicycle ride to the state Capitol on Tuesday is free and open to the public. To participate, meet at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.georgiaridestothecapitol.org.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Area cyclists know the best way to have their voices heard at the state Capitol is to be well spoken.

That’s why hundreds of bicycle advocates will converge Tuesday at the state capitol in support of pro-cycling legislation.

About 20 Forsyth County residents will meet at 7:30 a.m. outside Dutch Monkey Doughnuts as part of the Reality Bikes group making the 75-mile round-trip to the Capitol as a group. Along the way, they will stop in Roswell to join a large, police-escorted procession to Atlanta.

Reality Bikes, a local cycling shop, has been participating in the event for years, regardless of weather.

“Even last year it was horrible, horrible weather with snow flurries, but there was still a huge crowd and I think that shows support for what they’re doing,” said Duncan McGuire, a spokesman for the shop.

The cycling effort supports Georgia Bikes, a cycling advocacy group that backs share-the-road initiatives and road safety in general.

McGuire said Georgia is not the most bicycle-friendly area, so “it’s nice to know there’s progress being made.”

At the Capitol, McGuire said there will be food, drinks and guest speakers who will address bicycling efforts and causes.

“Georgia Bikes does a really good job of fighting for improved road safety so that anybody that rides on the ride is acutely aware of how important that is,” he said.

“You’ve got hundreds of people from Roswell, and you’ve got these huge masses that converge on downtown Atlanta, so it’s cool to see that many people riding bikes and supporting the same cause.”