The LINC bridge construction is completed! Approach trails on both ends are now paved and fenced. Contractors are actively working to paint the LINC green crosswalks to signify that you are, literally, on the right path! The new distance, from the terminus of Phase 1 at Summerlin Road, to the end of this new section at Ashley Park Drive, is approximately 0.6 miles. The path takes you around the Promenade Apartments, over the Interstate, around Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and parallel with McIntosh Parkway all the way to Ashley Park Drive. Watch for news of the official opening of the trail and a ribbon cutting, later this month!
The City of Newnan has awarded the construction contract for the next section of the LINC multiuse path system to Lewallen Construction. Phase 2 of the LINC will ultimately connect the current terminus of Phase 1 to downtown Newnan. Phase 2 will add 3.4 miles to the current 1.4 miles of trail.
The LINC is a 12-foot-wide paved path, a venue for walking, running, bicycling and other non-motorized use.
The construction contract is for a portion of Phase 2, referred to as Section D. Section D will connect the current terminus of LINC Phase 1, Newnan Crossing Blvd. at Summerlin Road, to McIntosh Parkway at Ashley Park Drive. This includes the bridge over Interstate 85.
“This is a pivotal addition to the LINC,” states Kim Learnard, Director of Friends of LINC, Inc. “The bridge over I85 will connect east and west hemispheres, and lend visibility and excitement to the entire project.”
Construction started earlier this month at the east end of Section D, along McIntosh Pkwy.
According to Jonathan Cash, Project Manager for Lewallen, the bridge will be installed as one of the last stages of section D. It is scheduled to be placed in August. “These trail systems are about bringing communities together and after everything settles down, they will be essential in helping those communities reconnect.” he observes.
Section D construction is anticipated to be completed in the fall.
- Is it legal to ride on the bike path? Yes. However, laws can vary from state to state, and depending on local municipality. Make sure you’re familiar with what the laws are in your specific region.
- How much does it weigh? All Trek e-bikes weigh roughly 45lbs. Although this seems like a lot, weight is a minimal factor when the bike is moving.
- How fast does it go? level max speed 20-28 mph
- How long does it take to charge? A battery takes roughly 4.5 hours to charge if a full charge is needed.
- How far can I go on a single charge? They can range from 25-100 miles
A path system is a great asset for any community. I’ve long been among those behind the efforts to add paths and connectivity to communities all over the land. Newnan area folks are gaining a wonderful thing as The LINC path system gets built.
Most of us live busy, demanding, over-scheduled lives. Though we were made to be on the move, to be moving under our own power, to be doing a variety of physical activity daily, most of us are obviously and admittedly sedentary. We sit to drive, we sit at work and at school, and we come home and sit in front of some kind of screen. Sitting has become the new smoking! Many of us sit and smoke! Our doctors, our loved ones, and that person in the mirror tells us we need to get moving and take care of ourselves.
The closer to you The LINC path system gets built, the closer to you will be the opportunity to get moving.
The LINC path system will eventually be an approximately 25-mile branching network, offering you multiple ways to get moving. 1.4 miles have been completed near the Newnan Centre and going under Lower Fayetteville Road. The next section is underway that will add an additional 3.4 miles, including a signature bridge over I-85 and into the Ashley Park area. You can run, walk, or ride a bike on The LINC path system. My wife and I have already enjoyed riding our bikes on the first section of The LINC, plus connecting to the path along Newnan Crossing Boulevard on the West Side and paths and streets in SummerGrove on the East side, for additional mileage and fun. The recent addition of a mountain bike trail alongside the initial section of The LINC offers an entertaining little ride for those of us who like to roll off-road.
Getting our exercise on paths can be an opportunity to work towards conditioning goals for local athletes. For the rest of us who aren’t competing but are just wanting to take care of ourselves, paths offer multiple benefits of which we should take advantage.
We need a combination of aerobic conditioning and strength training regularly. Paths offer that aerobic conditioning through walking, running or riding. Some of us take advantage of park benches, picnic tables, playground equipment, boulders, and outdoor workout centers where available to add in strength training and calisthenics. (I can show you how to do both!)
Those who do this regularly will find themselves feeling better, being stronger, increasing immunity, getting leaner, sleeping better, and reducing the effects of stress. Sound good?
But we should count the other benefits The LINC path system will offer us.
The forested and scenic sections of The LINC offer opportunity to commune with Nature. Watch for birds and other wildlife. Enjoy the changes of the seasons. Note the various flowers occurring naturally throughout the year. Maybe stop and smell a few. I do all those things when I’m riding or walking. I always go without listening devices in my ears—so I can hear the birds, and yes hear the people around me. Try it.
Path systems offer a more healthful way to get around, instead of everything by car. You can go places without cranking an engine. That may be new to you! You’ll find it fun. The businesses you visit will appreciate it. The smart ones will cater to The LINC travelers.
Connectivity is a wonderful result of path systems. Yes, connectivity ties the community together to all the places we like to go—stores, restaurants, parks, schools and endlessly more. Additionally, connectivity builds community among all of us. It’s like an endless town square. We can meet people everywhere we travel along the path. We can have an evening out on the path, a day along the path—including exercise, sightseeing, dining out, picnics, whatever. We can run errands on foot or bike. We can live a different and more vibrant way than the car culture of previous decades has allowed. Nearby path systems in Peachtree City, Carrollton’s Greenbelt, Atlanta’s Beltline, the Silver Comet rail trail from Smyrna to Cedartown, and Roswell/Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway have been proving all these benefits for sometime. I’ve enjoyed being on all of them. More path systems and rail trails are underway in places including LaGrange, Athens to Union Point, paths eventually connecting Alpharetta to the Silver Comet Trail, and a Rome to Silver Comet Trail connection is in the works as well. And there will be more.
Your LINC path system offers you a new way to live. Enjoy.
Jim Qualls recently started Jim Qualls Health & Fitness as a ACE-certified Personal Trainer and soon-to-be Health Coach, offering doable custom fitness and health programs for individuals, couples, and small groups wherever you need (parks, at home, and virtually). Contact Jim on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram or by phone at 678-283-8385.
Friends of LINC, Inc. welcomed a new rock garden installation thanks to EDI, Inc. and Mulch and More.
Located on the LINC about 1/8 mile north of Lower Fayetteville Road, the new garden is a shady spot nestled in the hillside, perfect for wildlife watching.
Coweta’s multi-use trail system brings health, wellness and prosperity to the area.
The LINC adds to the growing list of linear parks in Georgia, including the Atlanta Beltline, the Silver Comet Trail, the Carrollton Greenbelt, The LaGrange Thread and a host of other paved trail systems. This thing has really caught on.
The connection between physical activity and health is well-established. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies show that physical activity reduces the risk of major health concerns, including strokes, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.
Damien Hansra, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, discusses obesity and cancer statistics and the value of having an amenity like the Linc in our community.