Multi-Use Path Etiquette

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The right way to ride on a multi-use path, from Bicycling.com:

Multi-use paths are being added to cities across the country at an exciting rate and more people are using them. That’s a great thing. But crowding can lead to conflict. To stay safe, and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone, here are a few guidelines for blissfully sharing bike paths with fellow cyclists, joggers, dog walkers, and everyone else.

1. Get out of time-trial mode, duh. It’s fun to go fast, but a bike path isn’t the place to race. Yes, you can crank things up a bit if you have clear sight lines and few other users but, as a general rule, keep it under control.


3. Slow down—and be prepared to stop—when there are others around.
People are unpredictable. Kids and pets especially, but the truth is, anyone can be so involved in a conversation or wrapped up in their own thoughts that they’ll make a bad choice even if they hear you coming. Slow to a walking pace and keep your hands on your brakes.

4. Make some noise well before passing. A bell is more charming (and less startling) than an “on your left!” but either is preferable to a stealth pass. Make noise—be sure you’re heard—well before you reach the person you’re passing.

5. Look around (and signal!) before passing or stopping. Just because you’re doing it right doesn’t mean everyone else is. Before you swing left to pass or hit the brakes to stop, throw out a hand signal, and take a look behind you for oncoming traffic.

6. Don’t stand in the path. Sometimes it’s nice to stop and look around and take a drink. Pull off the path when you do so, otherwise you’ll block the way for everyone else.

7. Be nice. It’s the most important thing. You’re representing cyclists as a group. Don’t be a stone-faced automaton hell-bent on maintaining your 19.5 mph pace. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be friendly. Wave. Say hello. It will make all of our time on these super paths a little more fun.

Traffic Laws for Safer Biking

From the League of American Bicyclists:

In all 50 states, people on bikes are required to follow the same laws as other drivers.

Here are a few key principles that underpin all US traffic laws:

First Come, First Served
Everyone on the road is entitled to the lane width they need. This includes the space behind, to each side and the space in front. If you want to use someone else’s space you must yield to whoever is using it.

Ride on the Right
In the United States, everyone must drive on the right-hand side of the roadway.

Yielding to Crossing Traffic
When you come to an intersection, if you don’t have the right of way, you must yield.

Yielding when Changing Lanes
If you want to change lanes, you must yield to traffic that is in your new lane of travel.

Speed Positioning
The slowest vehicles on the road should be the furthest to the right. Where you position yourself on the road depends on the location of any parked cars, your speed, and your destination. Always pass on the left.

Lane Positioning
Bikes can share the same lane with other drivers. If a lane is wide enough to share with another vehicle (about 14 feet), ride three feet to the right of traffic. If the lane is not wide enough to share, “take the lane” by riding in the middle.

Intersection positioning
When there is a lane that is used for more than one direction, use the rightmost lane going in the direction you are traveling.

Follow all street signs, signals, and markings

For State specific bicycle laws, click here.

Move It Monday: Reach for Better Posture

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Good posture helps you maintain correct form while exercising, which results in fewer injuries and greater gains! Working on balance can strengthen your abilities in tennis, golf, running, dancing, skiing, walking – and just about any other sport or activity. The good news: You can improve your posture with a few simple exercises.

Read more about the benefits of improving your posture and some tips on how to do so here.

Social Justice Films has a NEW time Tomorrow!!

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Consider Donating School Supplies for Students in Need

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Decatur Recreation Center is one of the drop-off locations for The Champion’s School Supply Drive. Consider donating some school supplies for those in need. You could make a difference in a child’s school experience.

Tips for Driving Around People on Bikes

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With more and more bikes on our streets, it is important for drivers to know how to drive safely around cyclists. These safety tips come from our friends at Georgia Bikes.

  • Give bikes at least 3 feet of safe distance when passing or following. The State of Georgia has a Three-Foot law.
  • Bicycles are vehicles and allowed on all roadways.
  • When making turns, watch for and yield to people on bikes.
  • Do not park in or block a bike lane.
  • Check mirrors before opening doors, especially if parked  next to a bike lane.
  • Be alert, cautious, and attentive when driving. Do not drive distracted.

For more information on cycling in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

“One Ride” is This Friday

The Third Friday Bike Ride has been replaced for June with the “One  Ride“.

The One  Ride will go from Decatur to Centennial Park and is part of the Atlanta Cycling Festival.

Like the spokes on a wheel, there will be rides starting all over the city.  Cyclists will come together at one central hub and ride together with the other groups to Auburn Avenue.

Different bike orgs/biz all over Atlanta will meet at 6:30 pm and ride out in whatever route they choose. All rides will then meet up at Centennial Olympic Park near the Fountain Of Rings at 7:30 pm. We will then all ride down to the Georgia Beer Garden for the Free Bikes 4 Kids auction and Roadtrek Bike RV.

Goal: Have Auburn Ave lined with bikes. We will try to regroup around 9:00 pm for a group return from the Georgia Beer Garden. You may be on your own for a return trip. You can take the MARTA Train with your bike back to Decatur as an option.

The Decatur Ride begins at the Decatur Recreation Center and will leave at 6:30 pm.

Helmets  and cycling lights are required.

Move It Monday: Add More Life to Your Run

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Running has a significant impact on longevity. In general, runners have a 25%–40% reduced risk of premature mortality and live approximately 3 years longer than non-runners! And what is wonderful is that you can reap the benefits if you run at slow speeds for just 5-10 minutes. Running modest amounts each week will greatly improve your health.

Read more about the benefits of running on the Move It Monday blog.

Today at Decatur Recreation Center!

Walk with a Doc at 10am! Dr. Reginald Mason from Kaiser Permanente will join us today. We meet in front of Decatur Rec Center and walk roughly 2.5 miles! Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

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What You Shouldn’t Wait to Say: End of Life Planning! Today at 10am. Class will meet a Decatur Recreation Center. Discuss & practice communicating your wishes and values for end-life care to your loved ones. Class is led by Emory Medical Students.

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Social Justice Films through the Decade! Join Emory Medical Students to watch, Boys Don’t Cry (1999),  at 12:30pm. Class held at Decatur Recreation Center. Discussion of Social Justice issues will follow the movie. Light  refreshments provided. 

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ALL CLASSES ARE FREE TODAY!

Walk With a Doc is Saturday, June 10th

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Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, June 10th at 10 am for this month’s Walk With a Doc. Dr. Reginald Mason from Kaiser Permanente is this month’s doctor. Dr. Mason is a pulmonary and critical care physician. Read more about him here.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle and questions for the doc.