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    Chattahoochee River

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Preparations Begin for Bicyclists on Trails at Sope Creek

Hiker on trail through forest showing design of new bike barriers.

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News Release Date: February 15, 2013
Contact: Rudy Evenson, 678-538-1241

Sandy Springs: Visitors to Sope Creek and the popular fitness trail loop at Cochran Shoals between Interstate North and Columns Drive in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) may notice changes in the coming weeks as park staff prepares to implement a special regulation allowing expanded bicycle access on these trails.

This regulation incorporates responses to comments received on the proposed regulation published in the Federal Register in September, 2012. The regulation is expected to take effect in mid-to late April. The exact date will be 30 days after its final publication in the Federal Register, which is expected sometime in March. For the text of the new regulation, please visit http://1.usa.gov/MVMEAU.

Beginning February 22, CRNRA staff will be installing bike barriers at 26 trail intersections where the newly designated multi-use trail meets pedestrian-only trails. The purpose of the barriers is to keep bikes on the 6.7 miles of newly designated multi-use trails, while preserving the walking experience for pedestrian users on other trails. The installation of the bike barriers is planned for February 22 and 23 and March 6 through 8. After the bike barriers are installed, park staff will then put in place additional regulatory signage closer to the actual date when bicycles are allowed.

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Did You Know?

Great Blue Heron hunting for food - Photo by Tom Wilson

Great Blue Herons stand up to four feet tall and have special feathers that dissolve into powder. They use a serrated middle claw to distribute the powder which they use for preening or cleaning themselves.