Group works to make streets safe for bikers and runners

Group works to make streets safe for bikers and runners
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A group in Greene County is working to make the roads safe for bikers and runners.

The Greene County Future Fund is a non-profit local section of the Arkansas Community Foundation.

The group's goal is to gather young professionals to identify community problems and then find solutions.

The most recent project is placing signs around Paragould to remind drivers to watch for bikers and runners.

"Warm weather is right around the corner and we just want to bring some awareness to people," Josh Agee with the Future Fund said.

Agee said they found areas where people like to run and ride bicycles but may not have adequate sidewalk areas.

"We found places that were used by cyclist and runners a like so we tried to put up signs to let people know to watch out and remember that is it the same road, same rules and same rights so be mindful of those that are on bicycles," Agee said.

Eight signs have been distributed around the city already and the group plans to put out more in the future.

Local businesses purchased the signs from the Future Fund.

"A lot of them have name plates on the bottom of who they were donated by," Agee said.

The Future Fund members have several other plans in place for the summer.

On June 3, the Future Fund along with Southern Bank will host a free movie night.

Then the following day there is a 27, 62 and a 100-mile bike ride followed by a food truck festival and a 5-mile run.

Both the festival and bike ride events have websites for more information.

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