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Roswell Council Gives Tentative OK to Major Cycling Event

The proposed Atlanta-Roswell Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo still needs final approval, pending contract specifics and funding.

The Historic Roswell Criterium is one event that has made the city attractive to organizers of a planned international cycling event and festival this fall. Patch File Photo
The Historic Roswell Criterium is one event that has made the city attractive to organizers of a planned international cycling event and festival this fall. Patch File Photo
The Roswell City Council has given approval in concept to a major cycling event and festival that could bring more than 1,000 riders to the city this fall. 

At a special called meeting on Monday, the council voted 6-0 to tentatively approve the city's involvement in the Atlanta-Roswell Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo Bicycling Ride and Festival in October. 

The measure still needs final approval, including funding and contract specifics.

The event, which would take place Oct. 18-19, is being organized by the Southern Bike League, which sought to gauge the city's interest now to move ahead with planning and logistics. Bike Roswell also will serve as a partner.

The Gran Fondo concept includes a European tour-style simulated race, smaller races, a full-fledged festival for cycling enthusiasts and a gala dinner.

In October, Roswell was named just one of six cities in Georgia on a bike-friendly list by the League of American Bicyclists.

But while events like the Historic Roswell Criterium have enhanced the city's reputation in the cycling community, the Gran Fondo would be staged on a very different level.

The city could be asked to spend $15,000, excluding police and other public safety costs, and may hire a special coordinator just for the event. 

Lee Fleck January 09, 2014 at 07:34 AM
And now we know why for the last quarter (since July 1, 2013) Roswell opted out of crimereports.com. No public postings anymore. Therefore the Atlanta-Roswell Giro d'Italia Gran Fondo Bicycling community, as well as citizens of Roswell cannot have access to any criminal activity in Roswell. Without Patch posting information about recent bank robberies the public would have no idea what so ever !!!!
Lee Fleck January 09, 2014 at 01:38 PM
And East Roswell has been waiting since 2009 for a Fire Station - Public Safety is certainly not a priority for this Council !!
Lee Fleck January 09, 2014 at 03:58 PM
The following was sent to Mr. Vince Dauro Southeast Regional Program Manager Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite # 320, Gainesville, Virginia. 20155 Mr. Dauro, Thank you for your response. As an individual licensed by the Department of Homeland Security, who introduced the Roswell Police Department to the ICE Secure Communities Program a few years ago, please recognize that I have a deep concern for public safety in my home town. Yes, I fully understand that your standards mandate openness with the community and since you state that you "worked to put this type of notifications system in place for the citizens of my community" I am confident that you understand just how valuable this service is to the public. You are correct, I did state that Roswell's city governing body has deleted funding for this ONE & ONLY service available for citizens to review on-line criminal activity within their neighborhood and the City of Roswell in a real time. I am certain that you recognize that it is SOP for apartment complexes (as is also the case within Roswell) to routinely change their corporate names to "liquidate" local law enforcement crime statics within their individual facilities so that the only way perspective renters can view the reality of criminal problems associated with a complex is by utilizing the service the City of Roswell has decided to discontinue. Rest assured that my family has made numerous attempts over that last several months to address this issue with local administrators and local city council but to no avail and that is why I contacted your office to advise you that I wish to testify during your next reaccreditation of RPD, as I have done in the past and which has had favorable results. Again, Thank you for responding and have a great day. Lee Fleck
Ga Loco Lee January 11, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Finally, a response from Roswell's Chief of Police, Rusty Grant that provides greater insight into the lack of crimal activity information for the City of Roswell. Basic information that has been unavailabe for several month. On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM, Rusty Grant <rgrant@roswellgov.com> wrote: I received notification that we are very close to having the crime mapping available. Since this is an IT issue and I am not overseeing the project I cannot tell you what close means in term of days or weeks. In the meantime, as Kay suggested, if you need the raw data for a specific area we can provide that on a weekly basis. Just let me know. Also, the crimereports.com web site received the Roswell crime information displayed on their web site from our old computer system. Once we converted to the new computer system there was no current information in the old system to upload to crimereports.com. The new computer system has the capability to provide the information however, there are IT issues preventing that from happening. The decision to stop using crimereports.com was based not solely on cost but also on our inability to upload the current information to the site. I understand that the new mapping software is based on Google which is a better product and at no cost. I am confident that we will have this resolved soon. Thank you for being patient.


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