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Posted: July 14, 2012 7:07 p.m.

Social Circle promotes cycling

As an initiative to promote healthy active lifestyles, the Social Circle Better Hometown Program, Blue Willow Properties, Walton Wellness, Walton Health Care Foundation and Walton Foundation have partnered up to fund Project Road Share.

The Social Circle Better Hometown Program was granted $6,036 for the project at the Social Circle Better Hometown Merchant Coffee on July 10; the money will be used to establish a bicycle trail at Blue Willow Village.

"We're promoting healthy lifestyles specifically through cycling and targeting bicycle riders,"said Mike Miller, director of the Social Circle Better Hometown Program.

The trail consists of four loops - a trail to Good Hope, a trail to Covington, a trail to Madison and a trail to the downtown historic area. Through the contribution of Blue Willow Properties, the trailhead will start and end at the Blue Willow Village.

Paul Jones, director of the Tony Serrano Century Ride, created the trail after meeting with Miller and Walton Wellness.

The project is estimated to cost around $14,000. The Better Hometown Program plans to install kiosks, bicycle racks and signs around the city indicating Project Road Share. Along with the donations from the community's organizations, the Better Hometown Program has contributed its funds from its October golf tournament fundraiser.

"We're hoping families will start riding and exercising together. We're also hoping people outside Social Circle will visit to ride and stay in town to shop," Miller said.

The ribbon cutting for the project is planned to take place in September.

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