Mayor joins GGC employees in biking to downtown lunch

Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and local business owner Ben Bailey joined 30 Georgia Gwinnett College faculty and staff members in biking the two miles from the GGC campus to downtown Lawrenceville as part of the college’s inaugural “Link to Lunch in Lawrenceville” bicycle ride, held Oct. 10. 
 
The group biked over the recently completed bridge over State Route 316 at Collins Hill Road, which has bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
 
The ride celebrated GGC’s newly simplified connection to downtown Lawrenceville, made possible by the new bridge and related road construction. The bike ride also demonstrated the college’s commitment to sustainability concerns, including transportation and energy alternatives. 
 
“Georgia Gwinnett College does a great job of creating a ‘sense of place’ within the Lawrenceville community for the students, faculty and staff,” Johnson said. “‘Link to Lunch in Lawrenceville’ is yet another way we are able to engage our relationship together, while exploring alternative transportation methods that focus on physical fitness.”
 
The ride was co-organized by the GGC Sustainability Committee and Staff Council as part of the college’s involvement in the metro Atlanta Bike Challenge (www.atlbikechallenge.com), which encourages citizens to ride bicycles, even if they are new to biking.
 
“We were delighted to have so many people come out, especially those who were new to riding a bicycle,” said Jessica Estep, ride organizer and an instructor of English at GGC. “We hope it raised awareness within the college and surrounding communities about the many benefits of bicycling for transportation.”
 
Before leaving the college, participants received a complementary bicycle safety check from Performance Bicycles of Buford. Ben Bailey’s restaurant, Local Republic, provided participants a free lunch on the new Lawrenceville Lawn in downtown Lawrenceville. The group then rode their bicycles back to the campus and returned to work.
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