AUGUSTA — The Experience Augusta group is working on the possibility of having bikes on hand for tourists wanting to explore Augusta outside of their vehicles.
Laurie Kelsch, with Experience Augusta, said several bicycles have been placed in the lost and found at the Augusta Police Department for several years. In that time, no one came forward to claim the bikes, so they were declared surplus by city council and donated to the group.
“It’s a newly formed group and we’re trying to make Augusta a destination location,” Kelsch said. “We’re working to capture some of the B-Line traffic and the bikes will help us.”
According to Kelsch, the bikes will be painted and provided to tourists who wish to use them to see Augusta sights.
“We’re going to paint them all a certain color,” she said. “We’ll be putting up a bike rack, hopefully in the Rotary Park, but we’re not sure yet. We’re still working on all of the details.”
Kelsch said she is hoping that, once the bikes are available, people will check them out and take in all of what Augusta has to offer.
“It will be a free service and tourists will be able to ride through on a bike and get around better,” she said. “They won’t have to walk and they can be outside of their cars and get a better idea of what Augusta has.”
There is no set date for the bikes to be available, as everything is still in the works, but she is hoping more information will be available soon.”
“Tourism is very important in Augusta,” she said. “We have a lot to offer people and this will help us to become a destination for people.”