Cycle to the Decatur Arts Festival and Enjoy Free Bike Valet Parking

DSC09403The Decatur Arts Festival is this coming weekend and the festival has contracted with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to provide Bike Valet Parking again this year. The parking will be located at the top of N McDonough Street near the Bandstand. Cycle on over and don’t worry about parking your bike. This safe, free parking will let you enjoy yourself a bit more, plus no worry about finding a car parking space.

Valet Parking is available on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. For more information on the the Decatur Arts Festival click here.

 

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Participate in the Bike Challenge and Win Prizes!

LTR-Facebook-Memes_7The City of Decatur has formed a team for the Atlanta Bike Challenge which runs from September 28 to October 19 and we invite citizens and employees alike to join our team. So far the Decatur team is Tracie, Cheryl, Jeff, and Trish. Recruit your Decatur friends and neighbors, everybody bike!

The 3rd-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge will be going strong ALL OVER the metro area including Decatur. You just have to ride your bike 10 minutes a day, or 10 minutes ever to participate! Log when you bike to yoga, bike to work, bike around the park, bike to the pool…you get the idea, just bike!

Log your rides (a few or all of them) at ATLBikeChallenge.com or through the Love to Ride mobile app to qualify for great prizes.Be sure to sign up for the City of Decatur team its not just employees, its meant to be citizens too!

What’s the goal? It’s all about participation – which workplaces (or in our case communities) can get the most people to ride a bike? Metro Atlanta business will compete against each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike during the challenge. It’s not about who can cycle the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try.

Throughout the Atlanta Bike Challenge, participants will qualify for awesome prizes. However, to be eligible for the grand prize, you must log cycling trips to and from work. And by participating, you’ll get bragging rights when you reach goals and recruit coworkers to join in on the fun. Logging is easy, click # of miles, click date, done!

To find out more and to register, visit ATLBikeChallenge.com. And connect through the Facebook event.

The Atlanta Bike Challenge Starts September 28…Be on the City of Decatur Team!

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Whether you’re an avid biker who has ridden to work for years or a newbie that has yet to experience the joys of cycling, the Atlanta Bike Challenge has something for you.

From September 28 – October 19, the third-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge will be going strong all over the metro area. You just have to ride your bike 10 minutes a day to participate! Log your trip at ATLBikeChallenge.com or through the Love to Ride mobile app to qualify for great prizes.

Be sure to select City of Decatur as your team when you register. 

What’s the goal? It’s all about participation – who can get the most people to ride a bike?  It’s not about who can cycle the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try.

Throughout the Atlanta Bike Challenge, participants will qualify for awesome prizes. However, to be eligible for the grand prize, you must log cycling trips to and from work. And by participating, you’ll get bragging rights when you reach goals and recruit coworkers to join in on the fun.

Tools for the Two-Wheeled Commuter

The Atlanta Bike Challenge (September 28-October 19) is the perfect opportunity to update your smartphone with the latest tools to improve your ride, track your progress, and help advance Metro Atlanta infrastructure for bicyclists. Whether you’re a new cyclist or an avid rider, there’s something out there for you.

  • Love to Ride: The official app of the Atlanta Bike Challenge! Use this tool to record your ride quickly and easily using either GPS tracking or a manual entry. Remember, each time you log a ride, you are eligible to win prizes like movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, and bike bags.
  • Cycle Atlanta: Record your bicycle trips to give City of Atlanta transportation planners the data they need to make Atlanta a better place to ride. The app uses GPS to record your routes in real time, gathering data about which routes cyclists prefer. You can even report problems along the way, like potholes and obstructed bike lanes, to help planners make improvements to bicycle infrastructure.
  • Google Maps: While improvements are still being made, features allow cyclists to see a quick overview of bike paths, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads in your area, as well as elevation changes on your suggested routes so you can find the flattest or most efficient route possible. The latest version includes voice commands for questions like “What time will I get there” or “What’s my next turn?”
  • Bike Doctor: From replacing a cable to fixing a flat tire, this app will cover it. Even a complete beginner will be able to master the bike tune-up by following the instructions and photos. There are even additional guides to show you how to prevent the most common maintenance errors.

Now that you’ve got the tools, enter the challenge! Learn more about cycling and sign up for the third-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge at ATLBikeChallenge.com. Sign up, recruit teammates at your workplace, win awesome prizes, and compete for the ultimate Atlanta cyclist bragging rights!

To find out more and to register, visit ATLBikeChallenge.com. And connect with us through the Facebook event.

Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend!

Walk, Bike, Jog……just stay active in Decatur this weekend~

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Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride along the PATH. Meet in the CVS Parking lot across from Decatur Bikes at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a very fun group!

City of Decatur Pools are open this weekend through Monday. Enjoy the end of the season with a refreshing swim.

Hang out at one of the great City of Decatur parks or walk your dog over to one of three dog parks in the city. 

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Ride your bike to the Decatur Book Festival and leave it at the Bike Valet on N McDonough Street in front of the County Courthouse. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have racks and volunteers ready to take good care of your bike while you walk around the festival. No need to drive and figure out where to park that  car. Join in one the Children’s Parades held at the opening of each day. 

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Jog or walk on over to the Decatur Library for the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the front lawn from 9 am until 3 pm. I LOVE this sale so will probably see you there! Arrive early as the books fly off the shelves. 

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Then head on over to the Decatur Farmer’s Market at the corner of N McDonough and Trinity to stock up on fresh grown produce, honey, and more. Support the local farmers.

Coming in from outside Decatur? Hop on MARTA and arrive at the Decatur Station, directly underneath the festival. How convenient is that? Enjoy a car-free weekend!

 

Heels on Wheels Ride Saturday, May 31

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For more information, LIKE Heels on Wheels on Facebook and JOIN the event.

 

This Week’s Bike Month Activities

I-bike-decatur-fnl-for-printerBike to Work Energizer Station, Friday May 16, 7 – 10 am
Stop by the Decatur Recreation Center on your way to work for coffee, juice and pastries and get energized for your bike commute! We will have NEW I Bike Decatur shirts for sale for $20 (cash or check), visitors from the CleanAir Campaign, Bike Maps and pins, and more. Rain or shine! Decatur Recreation Center is located at 231 Sycamore Drive, just a block from the Decatur MARTA Station.  FREE shirt compliments of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Fallen Arrows for first ten arrivals who have signed up for the National Bike Challenge. #BTWD2014

 

Children’s Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 17, 10 am – 1 pm
Decatur Active Living has joined forces with Mike Sheehan and Neil Walker to put on a Children’s Bike Rodeo in the Callaway Lot, located at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Drive, across from the DeKalb County Parking Deck in downtown Decatur. Children will learn the A-B-Cs of Bike Safety, traffic skills, fun games, and more. The event is FREE. Helmets are required. #ibikedecatur

Decatur Bikes Ride to Stone Mountain, May 17, 8 am
Join Decatur Bikes for a Saturday morning ride to Stone Mountain. Meet at the CVS lot across from the store at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a conversational pace, no drop ride. No ride if raining. Helmets are required. Decatur Bikes will be doing these rides  throughout the summer. #ibikedecatur

Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain, May 18, 9 am
Join Bicycle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. Meet in the Bicycle South parking lot and be ready to ride at 9 am. This is a fun, no-drop ride. Helmets are required. Snacks at the store after the ride. #ibikedecatur

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Congratulations to Commissioner Boykin

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Congratulations to Commissioner Fred Boykin for winning the first ever Fred Boykin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The award ceremony, “The Blinkies”, was held last Friday night at Trees Atlanta in Kirkwood.

Mr. Boykin said he was most proud of the Safe Routes to School Program in the City of Decatur, of which he was instrumental in getting  off the ground. He stated that hundreds of children in Decatur walk and/or bike to school every day. The Safe Routes to School program began its work in the City of Decatur in 2005 and today includes all elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School as well as St. Thomas More. Fred continues to serve on the SRTS committee.

Commissioner Boykin also helps to organize the annual Georgia Ride to the Capitol from Decatur’s East Lake MARTA where a large number of elected officials gather to ride to the Capitol.

Congratulations Commissioner Boykin!

Fred  Boykin accepts the "Blinkie" Award from Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Fred Boykin accepts the “Blinkie” Award from Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

FREE Cycling Classes on Saturday

thJoin Certified Cycling Instructor Mike Sheeham for a FREE Introduction to Cycling Class this Saturday at Decatur Recreation Center. The class runs from 9-10 am. Attendees will learn about the ins and outs of owning and using bicycles as day to day transportation. The class is geared to beginners, but all levels are welcome to attend. Register here to access WEBTRAC and  register for class # 343010-07 or register at Decatur Recreation Center.

Then on Saturday afternoon, you may want to join instructors from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a free Introduction to Group Riding Skills from 1 -3 pm. Meet at Glenwood Elementary School parking lot for tips on riding in a group, then go for a short 5-6 mile ride about Decatur to put your skills into practice. All levels are welcome, but must be able to ride your bicycle. Helmets are required! You do not have to register in advance for this class.

For more information on activities for Bike Month in Decatur click here.

Bicycling for the Children: Kidical Mass on Saturday

Join us for the Houndstooth Autumn Tweed & Vintage Ride

Houndstooth  Road and Decatur Active Living invite you to join us for an Autum Tweed and Vintage Ride on Sunday, November 11. Hop on your two wheels and join us for a lovely autumn afternoon with kindred spirits. Gather at the new Sq/Ft Boutique at 149 Sycamore Street in Decatur by 1:30pm and we will depart at 2pm on our journey to Oakhurst and Kavarna for a warm beverage and then we will return to downtown Decatur to end our ride at The Marley House  located at 426 W Ponce de Leon Ave.

You are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the occasion with your finest autumn tweed or vintage looks. Let’s have fun and show Decatur some stylish pedaling!

Gentlemen, you can find some ideas for your dress here.

Ladies, you can get some great ideas here .

Photos from a Tweed ride that might give you ideas are here.