The Athens bus system installed bike racks on the front of the busses last week, becoming the first bus system in Georgia to do so. Each rack holds two bikes, and allows the rider to take his bike to his bus destination. This, coupled with bike lanes that are beginning to appear around town, is a wonderful thing. When I moved to Athens two years ago, all I had was my bike to get around. Although there are many bikers here, Athens was a terrible town to try to bike around in. Sprawl has put many of the shopping areas outside of the reach of bikers, and too many cars on the road made even the short rides dangerous. I lived within a mile of where I work and took one of the “safest” roads Athens had, but still got hit by inattentive drivers several times — luckily without injury to me. Finally, out of necessity, I bought my first car this summer (at age 28!).
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