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Valdosta trying to become more bicycle friendly

Anthony Wingo Anthony Wingo

Valdosta is trying to make it easier for bicyclist to get around town.

Thursday afternoon, members of the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Planning organization, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Bikes organization, met in Valdosta to discuss ways to do this.

Officials discussed possible future intersection locations and roadway designs. Anthony Wingo, a Valdosta resident who uses his bicycle as his primary form of transportation, said he feels pretty safe when riding around but he would also like to see the city add more bike lanes.

"I'm comfortable with it, but we could use some more bike lanes on the narrower roads," said Wingo. "There's lots of places I'd like to go, but there's no lane really."

He said West Gordon Street near Remerton is one area in particular where he would like to see a bike lane installed. "Once you get past Lankford, Melody, there's nothing there," Wingo said. "It needs to be widened. [The city is] gonna have to have a bike lane there."

Several new bike racks were also recently installed at various locations throughout downtown Valdosta in an effort to become more bike friendly.

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