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Columbus named Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists announced on June 10, 2015, that Columbus was among the 42 new and renewing communities to achieve the Bicycle Friendly Community status. There are now 350 communities across the country that are improving health, safety, and the quality of life for their citizens through the BFC program. Columbus was recognized as a bronze-level community. The RVRC assisted the City of Columbus and Bicycle Columbus with preparing the BFC application. Click here to learn more.





River Valley Regional Commission will partner with Bicycle Columbus and Sumter Cycling to celebrate National Bike to Work Week May 14-21, 2016. The week's activities include the Ride with the Mayor in Columbus and Americus, a Ride of Silence to honor those lost due to cycling accidents, and Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. Click here to view the schedule for the events in Columbus. Click here to see events scheduled for Bike to Work Day in Americus.



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Columbus Civic Center designated as

Bicycle Friendly Business

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the Columbus Civic Center with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award on April 22, joining more than 950 visionary businesses from across the country.


The Civic Center currently offers patrons using bicycles as alternative transportation covered bike parking, staff assisted bike repairs, free skate rentals, free popcorn at arena events, shower facilities, courtesy bike patrols, and will be adding more elements in the near future.


Moving forward, the Civic Center will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly, and building on this announcement the Mayor’s Bicycle Committee will have more momentum towards the goal of becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community. Click here to learn more. 



webP2Plogo15 April 23, 2016

The annual Prison to Peanuts Bicycle Adventure featuring stops at Andersonville and Jimmy Carter National Historic Sites will be Saturday, April 23. The ride begins at Rees Park in Americus. Four routes are available: 12, 35, 65 and 105 miles. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. The 105-mile ride begins at 7 a.m., the 65-mile at 8 a.m. and the other routes starts at 9 a.m. Additional rest stops will be set up at Ellaville, Leslie and Smithville on the longer routes. After the ride cyclists are invited to enjoy the festivities at Arts in the Park. The registration fee is $40. Click here for more information or to pre-register, or call 706-256-2910.


Lunch and Learn: April 15, 2015

Topic: Crowdfunding

Come learn about how crowdfunding can help your business or organization at the next RVRC Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quitman County Board of Education office, located at 215 Kaigler Road in Georgetown. Speakers will be entrepreneur Marc Tessier and Ernest Barfield, director of Pelham Main Street. The program is free, but if you plan to eat lunch please bring $10 to cover the price of the meal. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (706) 256-2910.


RVRC Receives 2014 NADO Transportation Awards

The River Valley Regional Commission received two 2014 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the River Valley Regional Transit System and the Tour de Farm cycling event.

When an adjacent region’s transit service was discontinuing its service, RVRC recognized the impacts such a service gap could have on the people who relied on the service to access jobs, meals, medical treatment, and other services. RVRC’s existing transit service stepped in to fill the service gap by doubling its service area from eight counties to 16 and tripled the number of trips it provided.


The Tour de Farm uses cycling to promote the region’s growing sustainable agriculture industry. RVRC partnered with Café Campesino, Georgia Organics, and Sumter Cycling to create a unique two-day bicycle adventure through the River Valley countryside that showcases the offerings of local farms.

According to NADO President Terry Bobrowski, executive director of the East Tennessee Development District in Alcoa, TN, “The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards highlight the important results of programs and projects like the Tour de Farm and the River Valley Regional Transit System. Such initiatives are central to fostering quality of place and facilitating economic vitality in our nation’s communities by promoting effective transportation networks.”

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies to strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcase organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery, and special initiatives.  Award winners received national recognition at the 2014 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, December 3 – 5 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more information about these projects, contact the River Valley Regional Commission at (706) 256-2910.



Join the RVRC for a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sign of the Dove Bed and Breakfast in Buena Vista. The topic will be "Recruiting, Retaining, and Building Retail in Your Community."




 RVRC receives two 2016 NADO Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) presented RVRC two 2016 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award for the Fair on the Square Bicycle Adventure and the DHS Transit project. Funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, these projects seek to reduce to increase bicycle tourism in Stewart County and provide adequate transportation to senior citizens. 


RVRC receives Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive Grant 

       The River Valley Regional Commission received an Employee Health Promotion and Wellness Grant awarded by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to enhance the health and wellness of its employees.


        Wellness programs have a demonstrated track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale.


        “We are pleased GMA recognized our interest in health and wellness and in managing our health care cost,” said Patti Cullen, executive director of the River Valley Regional Commission. “This grant will allow us to provide new wellness screenings and programs for our staff.”

River Valley Regional Commission employees will be offered a confidential health assessment with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback as one of its scheduled programs.

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