Pop-up bike lanes coming to downtown Macon

Temporary bike lanes coming to Macon streets

Next weekend, downtown Macon will be filled with temporary bike lanes to see if an on-street experiment improves urban mobility and street life.

The Macon Connects Streets Makeover will cover more than six miles and run along eight streets in the downtown area.

The goal is for residents to experience what it would be like to have streets designated for walking and biking.

President and C.E.O. of NewTown Macon, Josh Rogers, says this could help improve the economy if things go well.

"Low income people spend about 40 percent of their income on transportation because cars are so expensive," Rogers said. "And if people could walk and bike safely, it would enable them to become homeowners, invest in higher-quality housing, take on community projects that would improve this place for everybody... So we really think that getting these bike lanes in can make a huge improvement for the quality of life for everybody in middle Georgia."

The Macon Connects route will launch Friday, September 17.

For a complete map route, visit the Macon Connects website: http://tinyurl.com/maconconnectsconcept.


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