CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – More than 100 cyclists are pedaling their way to Atlanta over the course of three days as a part of the inaugural ride of the U.S. Bicycle Route 21.
Cyclists are traveling from Chattanooga to Atlanta and will pedal 150 miles.
The Bicycle Ride Across Georgia organization, better known as “BRAG”, helped coordinate the event.
“Our bigger ride is a week-long so this one is a little more unique because it allows people only take Friday off of work and still get a three day and 150 mile ride in”, said Executive Director of BRAG, Franklin Johnson.
BRAG has been working with local bike riding groups and municipalities to map out the route for several months.
“Fifty people were involved with actually coming up with the routes and then vetting the routes and sharing the routes with other people. Each of the communities along the route had to approve the route coming through their towns and then it went through the Georgia Department of Transportation and then onto the federal level. Ultimately this is going to be a 50,000 mile network of US bike routes”, said cyclist Jim Johnson.
Avid cyclist Anna Zuver, said she’s excited to experience the path.
“My favorite part about BRAG is we’re going you know point to point. So it’s kind of a big adventure. We’re camping.”
The cyclists will be camping, which is why a large bus will following them all the way down to the Peach State with their gear in tow.
The entire U.S. Bicycle Route system spans more than 11,000 miles in 24 states.