Cyclists will soon find pedaling their way from Glynn County’s mainland to Jekyll Island to be a much smoother and safer ride.
A road-widening project currently underway along the Downing Musgrove Causeway includes a bike path, the Jekyll Island Hopper trail, that connects with the Coastal Georgia Greenway trail.
The Jekyll Island Authority on Monday during a teleconference meeting unanimously approved a resolution in support of a Georgia Recreation Trails Program Grant Proposal, which would help pay for the Island Hopper Trail with $100,000 beginning in fiscal year 2018.
“The authority board fully supported the grant proposal proffered by the JIA Conservation staff,” the authority’s executive director, Jones Hooks, said after the meeting on Monday. “JIA is pleased at the prospect of a connected coastal route for cyclists.”
Funded with money from the Federal Highway Administration, the Recreational Trails Program is responsible for the Coastal Georgia Greenway and is administered at the state level by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites Division.
The centerpiece of the Coastal Georgia Greenway is a contiguous trail connecting South Carolina to Florida as part of the East Coast Greenway along various north-south routes including the U.S. Highway 17 corridor, abandoned rail corridors and historic canal corridors.
Jo Claire Hickson, executive director of Coastal Georgia Greenway, Inc., said during a previous discussion with The News that about 24 percent of the Coastal Georgia Greenway is either existing or has been funded for construction.
The East Coast Greenway started in 1991. Upon completion, it will offer a multi-use trail from Calais, Maine to Key West, Fla. along roughly 3,000 miles of linear trail, stretching through cities, suburbs and rural areas.