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Sandy Springs: The final version of a new regulation allowing bicyclists on newly designated multi-use trails at Sope Creek in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) has been published in the Federal Register. According to the new regulation, 6.7 miles of trail arranged in a loop-style system will be open to bikes starting Friday, April 5, 2013.
"Creating multi-use trails at Sope Creek is the result of years of planning and discussions with neighbors, hikers, and bicyclists," said CRNRA Superintendent Patty Wissinger. "We look forward to working productively with organized, responsible bicycle groups to make this new regulation successful for all our trail users."
CRNRA volunteers have already installed new bike gates at trail intersections where the newly designated multi-use trail meets trails that will remain pedestrian-only. Additional steps to be taken before April 5 include posting new regulatory signs and maps. New site regulations are expected to include one-way travel for bicycles on alternating days (matching practices at other sites such as Roswell's Big Creek) and no riding 24 hours after rainstorms. New trail maps will include bicycle regulations as well as difficulty indicators. "The newly designated trails at Sope Creek are easy, beginner trails," Wissinger added. "They work best for leisurely family rides."
To see the publication in the Federal Register, click on this link: http://1.usa.gov/Z2kp5y