Sharing the Trail

Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

•    Be courteous
•    Know the rules of the trail you are using
•    Give a clear signal when passing
•    Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
•    Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
•    If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
•    Only use half the width of the trail
•    Keep it clean

Watch more videos at http://www.bikeleague.org.

Bicycle Safety Tips

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Riding on the Sidewalk

When you are riding on the sidewalk, you also have to deal with many hazards: pedestrians, street furniture, signs, newspaper boxes, etc… These items don’t just make riding inconvenient; they also can make you invisible to drivers.

The fact is, a lot of crashes happen when someone on a bike is using the sidewalk. For more information on bicycle safety and resources, visit The League of American Bicyclists. 

Safety in Bike Lanes

From the League of American Bicyclists:

A bike lane is a striped and signed lane that provides a dedicated space on the road for people on bikes. They should be used the same as any other travel lane, so follow the same rules of the road.

Things to look out for:
•    Parked cars.  Be sure you ride far enough over to stay clear of an opening car door
•    Vehicles that are turning right without a signal

Even if your community has a law that says you have to ride in a bike lane, there are exceptions:
•    Making a left turn
•    Passing another bicyclist
•    Going around hazards

As with any other lane changes, be sure to first scan, signal and yield.

 

Bicycle Registration Today in Oakhurst!

IMG_9452The Decatur Police Department will be registering bicycles in front of Oakhurst Market (650 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030) this Friday, August 14, 2015 from 5pm-7pm.

Bicycles are a commonly stolen item and are not registered like vehicles. Bicycle registration includes providing owner contact information, having the manufacturer and serial number documented and having a numbered decal applied to and a photo taken of your bicycle.  The process takes just a few minutes.  Registering your bicycle allows officers to look up recovered bicycles and contact the owner and allows for us to quickly look up the needed information about your bicycle if it were to be stolen.  The information is kept in a secured database only accessible by police department staff.  We will also register scooters that do not meet the size requirements for state tag registration.

*There is NO CHARGE to register your bicycle or scooter.

Walking School Bus at Oakhurst

The children at Oakhurst Elementary really know how to do a walking school bus!! As you may know, Oakhurst was also the GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center Partner of the Year for the Metro area in 2015. 60% of the students walk or bike to school every day. We are proud of all of our schools in Decatur for encouraging children to walk and bike and keeping them safe. 
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RideWell Bike Festival This Sunday at Holy Trinity Parish

Patron Saint of Cyclists

Patron Saint of Cyclists

Holy Trinity Parish is holding  “RideWell Bike Festival” this Sunday, October 19 at their church located at 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave in Decatur. The event begins at 1 pm and features a 17 mile and a 5 mile Bicycle Tour of Community Gardens, a Children’s Bicycle Rodeo and a Bike blessing. The proceeds will benefit Clean Water Programs in Haiti. Tickets are $10 per person with $20 max for family and are available at the church.

RideWell is Holy Trinity’s celebration of the feast day of the Madonna_del_Ghisallo, Patroness of cyclists.

For more information visit http://ridewell.tumblr.com/

Decatur Third Friday Fun Bike Ride This Friday!

Join Decatur Active Living for our Third Friday Fun Bike Ride this Friday, October 17th at 6:30 pm. We will meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and are ready to ride at 6:30 pm. All levels of riders are welcome on this no-drop conversational pace ride. No one will be left behind!! This is a great ride for those who are tentative about riding in groups and/or on the street.

After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments and a chance to make some new friends.

Helmets are required. Consider lighting up your bike with lots of lights for the ride. The days are getting shorter. I have a battery operated string of lights I am looking forward to wrapping around my bike!

Check out the Meet-up page, courtesy of the Southern Bicycle League. Walt and Joanne are going to join us this week!

Photo courtesy of midlifeblogspot.com.

Photo courtesy of midlifeblogspot.com.

Register Your Bikes and Learn to Be Safe on October 18

DHA Bike Safety Event 10-18-14

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

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The weather is almost perfect for dusting off the bike and hitting the road. Here are some safety tips to consider before heading out:

Always Ride with Traffic and Follow the Rules of the Road

  • You are better off riding with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • You are more predictable and visible to motorists, especially at intersections and  driveways
  • Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars, and use hand signals when turning and stopping
  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and lane markings and yield to traffic when appropriate, including pedestrians.

Don’t Ride on the Sidewalk!!

  • Although you might think it is a safer option, motorists are simply not looking for bicyclists on the sidewalk, especially those riding against the flow of traffic.
  • At very driveway and intersection, you are at greater risk of being hit by a motorist than if you were riding on the road wtih traffic.
  • Pedestrians will thank you for riding on the road as well
  • Ride on the trail, paved shoulder, bike lane or bike route. You still need to follow the rules of the road and watch out for your fellow travelors. Ride to the right, signal your turns, obey traffic signs and signals.

Be Predictable and Visible

  • Try not to be hesitant or do things that motorists and other travelers may not be expecting
  • Make sure everyone can see you and knows where you are and where you are going.
  • If riding in the dark, use headlights, taillights and reflectors and wear reflective materials and brightly colored clothing.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while bicycling.

Watch for Turning Traffic

  • Most car/bike collisions happen at intersections and driveways when motorists or bicyclists are turning
  • At every intersection and driveway, keep a careful eye out for motorists turning right in front of you – you may be going faster than you think. Also, look for motorists turning left across your path. Drivers are looking for gaps in traffic and may not be paying attention to anything other than other motor vehicles.

 

Wear a helmet!!

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Safety Tips for Bicyclists, from Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center. http://www.pedbikeinfo.org