CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Leaders of the Clarksville Cycling Club met with Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan recently to discuss ways to promote bicycle-related activities in the Clarksville area.
Alex King, board member and past president, and Lawrence Mize also signalled support for the City’s efforts to create an advocacy group to promote a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community.
The club, which formed in 2004 and has about 90 members, sponsors rides and special events, and hopes to add kids’ activities and a new focus on mountain biking in coming months.
King said the club is urging its membership to attend the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department’s meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at Liberty Park’s Freedom Point to discuss forming a bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group.
“I welcome the club’s input and urge its members to get involved in our efforts to make Clarksville easier for biking and walking,” Mayor McMillan said. “This is exactly the kind of citizen engagement we need.”
Mize said the group also wants to offer input on how to make the community’s road network more bike-friendly.
“We think there are some cost-effective solutions to improve bike accessibility, and we want to discuss these ideas with the appropriate Street Department and planning officials,” Mize said.
For example, the group has compiled a list of proposed road improvements for the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s master plan that focus on ways to connect existing bike routes and lanes.
Information about the club is available online at www.clarksvillecycling.com and at https://www.facebook.com/Clarksvillecyclingclub.
Clarksville Cycling Club members Lawrence Mize and Alex King present Mayor Kim McMillan with an official club riding jersey during a recent meeting at City Hall.