Savannah bike trail improvements the focus of local community

July 22, 2012 by  

Two decades after its launch, and three years after a restoration project, a popular bike trail running along part of Georgia’s coast is in danger of eroding away.

Already, significant lengths of sections of the former railroad trail have been washed away, leaving many of its most unique features severely damaged. In an attempt to raise funds and awareness of the issue, local residents are now organizing a campaign.

Back in the early 1990s, the McQueen’s Island Trail was formed as part of ‘rails to trails’, a nationwide project to use old railroads for recreation. Running through six miles of marshlands near Fort Pulaski, it offers a unique palm-fringed trail for visitors.

Much of the route is now dangerous however, as the erosion has caused the palm trees to collapse into the path. Extensive works carried out by Chatham County in 2009, which used bags of crushed up oyster shells, were primarily to stabilize the trail. Though the work has helped in some areas, the lapping waters of the Savannah River continue to cause issues.

This has prompted many members of the local community, as well as regular bikers along the trail, to take up the challenge to raise awareness this month. The exact plans are not yet clear, though they will probably involve events, fundraisers, banner printing, and a host of other such ideas.

Print shops in Savannah and throughout the local area might well be asked to print posters, flyers, and other stationery to help highlight the plight of the trail too.