MACON, GA.-- - You might find yourself cruising on a bike around town a little more often now that more bike lanes are coming to downtown Macon. It is all thanks to a new Macon Connects project.
They are heading up an on-street experiment to bring more bike lanes to the area. They hope it will improve urban mobility and street life.
Sharon Petzel and her husband came all the way from Tifton to see what Macon Connects is calling the largest pop-up bike lane network in the world.
"They can come down here and see what living like this could be. That's the beauty of it. It's hard to imagine something unless you see it. If you've never seen it in another community, you don't know what it could be like,” says Petzel.
Others say the new bike lane additions will make Macon drivers more aware of riders on the road.
"People who aren't normally bike riders are actually aware of the street right now and aware of people in motion around them instead of another car. So I think it brings a lot of awareness to people who normally wouldn't be thinking or keeping an eye out,” says bike rider David Higdon.
Driver awareness is not the only benefit to having more bike lanes to cruise around on says another rider. Elliott Caldwell with Georgia Bikes says it is an opportunity to bring more tourism and money to the city.
"A lot of the studies have shown that people who are biking or walking near businesses they go to those businesses more often. So you'll see the kind of businesses you see in more walkable or bike-able neighborhoods. That kind of economic development could be great for this area and downtown Macon,” says Caldwell.
Bringing Macon to the forefront of bike-friendly cities. The event will continue Saturday as well on Third Street between Poplar and Cherry. It runs from noon to 5 p.m.