Originally created 08/12/01

Bike-riding event takes Greeneway



NORTH AUGUSTA - About 30 people biked and skated the North Augusta Greeneway on Saturday evening on one of the last summer days for area schoolchildren.Many made the Back to School Bike Ride sponsored by the North Augusta Department of Parks and Recreation on two wheels, but a few used eight on inline skates.

The mode of transportation made no difference; Organizers just wanted participants to enjoy themselves.

"Most of them will take it like a leisurely ride," said Randy Bradberry, who organized the ride with the help of the recreation department. "Some will see how quick they can do it."

The route was about 10 miles - starting at the Sertoma Shelter near The River Golf Club to the end at Pisgah Road and back again. Mr. Bradberry said that two years ago, when the city last did the ride, everybody finished in about two hours.

Joy Mize brought her twin daughters to the event.

"It's a nice way to enjoy your kids, and you're not sitting in front of the TV," she said.

Along the way, volunteers from the North Augusta Optimist Club staffed water stations and intersections for safety. North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson led the way.

Participants who paid $10 got a T-shirt and the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Greeneway before Aiken County schools start Tuesday.

Mr. Bradberry said the city hopes to do more of the rides throughout the year.

Reach Matthew Boedy at (803) 648-1395 or mboedy@augusta.com.