Cycling News,Discussions,Questions - Cobb County Trails Plan Approved

TimH - Jun 28, 2018 - 03:53 PM
Post subject: Cobb County Trails Plan Approved
"Trail projects are planned for each of the four county commission districts, and eight priority projects have been chosen. The top eight projects are: the Chattahoochee River Trail, the Silver Comet Connector Trail, Phase I of the Rottenwood Creek Trail, the Austell Powder Spring Road Trail, the Allatoona Creek Greenway, the Noonday Creek Trail, the Nickajack Creek Greenway, and the Hyde Farm-Johnson Ferry Trail."

bjp - Jun 28, 2018 - 05:33 PM
Post subject: RE: Cobb County Trails Plan Approved
That is great news. Can't wait to learn more. Other than the Silver Comet Trail Connector I wasn't sure where these other projects are located even after looking at the map.
webgeek - Jun 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM
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Some (most) parts of this plan make little sense.
Mostly more Cobb County glorified stroller paths with hundreds of road and driveway crossings.
IMO they are of little value to the serious cycling community.
I seldom or never see a cyclist on the current paths like Dallas Hwy or Powder Springs Rd.
It's a shame they haven't bothered to consult with people that actually ride bikes.
Millions have been squandered and taxpayer $$$ wasted.
webgeek - Jun 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM
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The plan shows no direct connection to the Comet Connector.

Really ??? A bridge over the EW Connector maybe??
They don't show it taking the old railroad cut, wonder why?

The Greenways trail plan is more interesting than the glorified sidewalks road plan.
TimH - Jun 29, 2018 - 12:10 AM
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Chris, the map you linked to is the same map linked in the article.

Is it possible that the "Greenways trail plan" you write about and the "Greenways and Trails Master Plan" in the article are the same thing?

Even if it isn't, the trail from Allatoona Creek MTB park to Lucille Creek Trail near Florence Trailhead appears to follow creeks and sewer easements for most of its length.

The existing trail along Barrett Parkway near Kennesaw Mountain is great, uninterrupted for much of its length. It looks like this will be extended south of Dallas Hwy and Macland Rd, eventually connecting to the Comet. Much of Barrett Parkway south of Dallas Hwy is empty.

It would be a great option for commuting to Atlanta - head south or north, pick up the Silver Comet and have a straight route to the Beltline. I don't think Saturday morning group rides is really the target audience, if that is what's meant by "Serious cyclists."

webgeek - Jun 29, 2018 - 12:45 AM
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TimH wrote:
It would be a great option for commuting to Atlanta - head south or north, pick up the Silver Comet and have a straight route to the Beltline. I don't think Saturday morning group rides is really the target audience if that is what's meant by "Serious cyclists."

The current approach by Cobb has been wide sidewalks, not greenways which minimize driveway crossings and such. Some of the current sections as you mentioned have fewer xings, but not the most pleasant areas to ride, like Atlanta Rd or Barrett Pkwy.
Riders I see on Atlanta Rd are on the road, not on the path, it's safer, less debris & glass, no vehicles nosing out of driveways. In fact, saw you one day on Old Dixie, not the path.

"serious cyclist" is someone who can't endure the pain of slowing at every driveway or occluded road xing to check that someone isn't going to crush or face-plant you into the side of their vehicle.
jcasses - Jul 01, 2018 - 03:01 AM
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Floyd Rd. in Mableton has one of these extra wide sidewalks. I've ridden on it and it's not like the road, it must be built to a different spec......too many expansion joints, not as smooth.....a much bumpier ride. I'd love to ride on these paths but if it's not a smooth ride, it's no fun. I can see this for utility, the commuter, wide fat tires but IMO, road bikes are better off on the road.
TimH - Jul 01, 2018 - 04:12 AM
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Nattering Nabobs.

I'm glad they are doing something. More places to ride isn't a bad thing.

I saw to riders on bikeshare bikes today, riding along the Noonday Creek Trail from Town Center to Kennesaw Mountain. That counts as a positive.

Expansion joints the whole length of the Silver Comet in Paulding doesn't seem to stop Sky Loopers and hammerheads.
TerriW - Jul 01, 2018 - 10:37 PM
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Chris, I tried the path on Dallas Hwy from Casteel Rd. to Just before E/W Connector to check it out. I almost got hit twice from people coming out of the Avenues and a subdivision. They weren't even looking for walkers!!! I think I'm still safer on the road. And navigating the cross walks on a bike by the Avenues was a bit trying. Also, I felt like I was riding on cobblestone LOL
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