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Broadnax Mill Road to Get Warning Signs After the Death of Cyclist

After cyclist Mark Jidov was killed on Broadnax Mill Road Nov. 1, fellow cyclists have asked the county to put up signs warning motorists that the route is widely used by cyclists.

When cyclist while cycling on Broadnax Mill Road on Nov. 1, it was taken hard by his family and friends. Not only because they were saddened by the loss of someone very special to them, but also because they believed it was something that could have been avoided.

According to Harvey Blanco of , Broadnax Mill Road is used by hundreds of cyclists. He believes it would benefit both car drivers and cyclists if the road was either marked as a bike route or at least carried Share the Road signage.

“Broadnax Mill Road is not just used by cyclists from Loganville,” Blanco said. “It is also used by cyclists coming from Grayson headed to Walton County and other areas. There is a church group also that uses that road – they cross over at Loganville High School. One of the meeting points is over at and then we all take Broadnax Mill to get to the other routes." 

Blanco said at least 100 cyclists a week use Broadnax Mill Road, riding in groups of anywhere from five to 30 cyclists at a time. He and other cyclists who rode with Jidov have petitioned the county to get signs up in time for

After finding out the correct procedure to follow from District 2 Commissioner Chuck Bagley, cyclist TaNisha Browne submitted a request to Walton County to have Broadnax Mill Road designated a Bike Route or at least carry Share the Road signage.

Ashley Cason with the county’s traffic operations department has responded to her request, saying it will be taken care of next week. However, at this point Browne is not sure if that will be Share the Road signage or if Broadnax Mill Road will be designated a Bike Route. Whichever system is used, cyclists are hopeful it will bring more awareness to their presence on the road and avoid future accidents like the one that cost Jidov his life.

Blanco said Bike Route signage would be preferable and if that costs more than Share the Road signs, he would be prepared to raise the funds to make up the difference. Browne said it is her understanding that there is a Tag grant for Share the Road signs, which includes lane markings. She said Lifetime Bikes Loganville, and Blanco personally, is a big supporter of cyclists in the area.

“Lifetime Bikes Loganville hosts an annual charity ride, donates to other cycling charity events in the state and is in the process of conjuring up some major community events to bring cyclists and the entire Loganville community together to remove the fear that both a driver and a cyclist may feel while sharing the road,” Browne said. “Lifetime Bikes Loganville really cultivates a refuge for many and strongly advocates this cause.”

Sharon Swanepoel November 23, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Ashley Cason from Walton County traffic said the application has already been passed and "Share the Road" signs at each end of Broadnax Mill Road will be put up next week.
Jim G November 23, 2011 at 09:33 PM
As you could almost say as a pioneer in riding bikes in Walton Co and Broadnax Mill Rd (some 40 yrs), I have had some close calls over the years. Just this last summer a pick-up truck driver came within a hair of side-swiping me at a high rate of speed. It is hard to say where that sort of anger comes from. Usually most drivers are quite courteous. Hopefully, new signage with help with safety. My condolences to Mark Jidov's family. This was a completely avoidable incident.
RON FOLKERTS November 25, 2011 at 03:48 PM
DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
North Georgia Weather November 25, 2011 at 04:42 PM
First, I'm very sorry for all the families involved. It is very tragic. The reality is people don't pay attention, signs mean nothing to them. If you ride a bike on major roads you have to accept the responsibility for YOUR actions also, and that is riding in an area that is potentially dangerous to the point you might die. It's a calculated risk you take yet it doesn't keep you from riding. I don't ride motorcycles for that very reason. Roads were designed for motorized vehicles, not bicycles, and the motorized vehicle will always win no matter what. Sorry.
Sharon Swanepoel November 25, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I guess people are hoping it will make a difference Ron. Sharing the road and being aware of others driving or riding is beneficial whether it's 18-wheelers knowing to watch out for smaller vehicles or trucks and cars being aware of motorcycles or bicycles.
Jim G November 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Say what? Seeing cars, people, bicyclists, signs, etc is not part of driving? Now that is irresponsible. What's with the need to lecture those engaged in non-harmful activity - like riding a bike. There are some very weird, inhuman, unChristian views being expressed here. Thank God, that is not what my fellow bicyclists and I usually encounter. PS. Broadnax Mill is not a major rd.
North Georgia Weather November 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I didn't say it wasn't a part of driving, just saying people tend to not pay attention to them. And yes, it is irresponsible. And yes, unfortunately, that is the reality. There are risks that we all take every day of our lives. Others knowingly take extra risks depending on the activity, job, recreation... whatever it is they are doing. Each risk has it's own inherent dangers. I can tell you from my point of view, riding a bike on a road is a dangerous activity and unfortunately people are killed riding bikes all the time. And while you can blame the driver, it doesn't bring back the person that was lost. I race a car and I understand the risk I take and what happens if something goes wrong and I accept those risks, yet I still do it. I completely understand doing what you like despite the risk, yet if I felt like I was going to be injured, I might not do it any more. So what is the answer? I can eliminate all the bike riding deaths... don't allow them on the road. Granted, that would really tick off the bike riders, but how else do you stop it? My point is that signs aren't the answer. Remember the old song called Signs? "Signs, signs, everywhere a sign..." We see so many signs in our everyday life, we are conditioned to ignore them. And c'mon, you've seen how a majority of the drivers drive, do you really want to be on a bike with those people around you? It is all very unfortunate no matter how you look at it.
RON FOLKERTS November 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I THINK YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS SHOULD RIDE EAST ON 316 BOUT 5 PM ON FRIDAY. ITS NO BETTER THAN RIDING SAY NEW HOPE RD. ALL I CAN SAY IS RIDE ON AND WATCH YOUR BACK. IT WILL HAPPEN!!!!
wle atlanta II December 01, 2011 at 02:01 PM
who is this ron folkerts and why are you so angry? wle
RON FOLKERTS December 02, 2011 at 12:56 AM
IM IN NO WAY ANGRY! YOU HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY NUTS TO RIDE A BIKE ON A ROAD WAY AND NOT EXPECT TO GET RUN OVER, I QUIT RIDING MOTORCYCLES FOR THIS SAME REASON. PEOPLE ARE DUMBASSES AND YOU WILL DIE FOR TAKING CHANCES LIKE THIS SO WHY DO IT? 4000LBS VERS 25LBS? WHATS YOUR CHANCES? STAY OFF THE ROADS THAT DUMBASSES ARE DRIVING ON, PLAIN AS DAY AS I SEE IT!
Jim G December 02, 2011 at 12:23 PM
The overheated rhetoric here is distorting the entire matter of riding a bike on the roads of Walton Co. As far as riding a bike itself, the risks are basically bad pavement and animals, mostly dogs, getting under someone’s wheel. Almost always those situations can be seen and avoided. A bicycle has nowhere the speed and acceleration of a motorcycle which is hard to judge for a driver. As far as risk from others, we riders make the assumption that drivers are reasonably competent and not psychopathic. I don’t get the attempt to make driving a car seem like some very difficult task thereby practically justifying hitting a bicyclist. There are scarcely any signs and the like on roads in Walton Co. Where is the confusion factor? The use of cell phones is worrisome. Bicycle riders are not ignorant, insane, have a death wish, etc. However, it is disturbing when someone drives around us who obviously harbors a lot of anger. Buzzing a cyclist to make some sort of point is dangerous for all involved. It does not make us stop riding. We riders have no desire to tempt fate. Why suggest we ride on free-ways. Bicyclists don’t do that. We are not irresponsible. And we absolutely do not expect to be run over. To the contrary. We expect courtesy from all parties including ourselves. Hopefully the comments here are not representative of those driving on the roads of Walton Co. I, for one, do not think so. I plan on riding the roads of Walton for many more years.
doug October 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
If you're not angry, what's with all the caps and exclamation marks? When you walk or drive a car you share the road with those same 'dumbasses', right? So Ron, do you just stay in your house? 100 times as many people are killed in car accidents every year, but you probably drive a car, right?
doug October 04, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Jim, thanks for giving me hope that there are some sane people involved in this discussion. There's lots of talk about 'winning' and 'losing' as if this was some kind of survival challenge. Cyclists use the roads for the same reason as cars, cause that's how you get around. I'd like to see more thoughts on how to make the roads safer for all rather than all this 'bikes don't belong on the road' nonsense.
North Georgia Weather October 04, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I'd REALLY like to know how you propose doing that??? And no... they aren't out there for the same reasons, at least 99% of them aren't, it is recreational riding. I had to hit the brakes the other day when the cars in front of me slammed on the brakes for a bike rider. I have to ride in the other lane to pass them even though on the stretch of road I was on, it was a no pass zone. Why should I have to slow down to 25 mph in a 45 mph zone for someone getting their exercise? How is that safe for anyone? And this quote "we riders make the assumption that drivers are reasonably competent and not psychopathic". Really??? Do you actually DRIVE on the roads or just ride bikes??? People can't drive even when bikes AREN'T on the road, what makes you think they'll do better with them?

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