Bike Safety Poster Winners!

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Contest winners: Ethan Donald, Isaiah Guerrieri, Caroline Tusher and Cara Holecek

 

The winners of the very first Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Poster Contest presented their posters to the City Commission last evening. They were recognized by the Commissioners and awarded gift certificates by Brian Dunne, owner of Bicycle South who was the sponsor of the contest.

Be on the lookout for their bike safety reminders which will be posted around the City for National Bike Month. The posters are featured in the May Decatur FOCUS.

I Bike Decatur!

I-bike-decatur.webSome opportunities to bike this weekend in Decatur:


This Saturday’s Decatur Bikes Ride has been cancelled.

Saturday, 2 pm  Sams Freight Room Ride
An easy 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur. Mainly on quiet residential streets. Special attention given to beginning riders. Leaves from E. Howard Ave. across from the old train depot. Afterwards the group will go to a local establishment for refreshments and socializing. Ride leaders are Harvey Whiteman, 404-377-5947, Lynne Rosner 404-378- 2903 and Alan Capsuto 404-286-5338. For more information, email Lynne Rosner at bikelr@comcast.net or call 404 378-2903.”

Sunday, September 13th, 9 am:  Bicycle South’s Last Shop Ride of the Season
Join Bicycle South for their last shop ride of the season to Stone Mountain. This is a no drop ride, followed by refreshments at the store. Meet at Bicycle South, 2098 N Decatur Road. Helmets are required.

Biking in Decatur This Weekend

I-bike-decatur.webIt has been a great Bike to Work Week in Decatur. We started off our day with a Bike Commuter Breakfast outside the Decatur Recreation Center and tonight we will host the Third Friday Fun Ride! Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. We will ride a leisurely 5-6 miles around scenic neighborhoods, then stop off for refreshments at one of Decatur’s watering holes. This is a fun group and all levels of riders are welcome. Please wear a helmet and have lights on your bike for your ride home.

Saturday morning at 8 am the folks at Decatur Bikes will be leading a ride to Stone Mountain. Meet in the CVS lot across the street. All levels are welcome and helmets are required.

Bike on over to the Dedication of the Beacon Municipal Center which takes place from Noon until 3 pm. Decatur Active Living and Decatur Police are hosting a Bike Registration from 1 – 3 pm in front of the Police Department on Trinity Place during the afternoon.  Parking is limited at the center, so please consider riding your bike and then have it registered.

On Sunday join Bicyle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. Be ready to depart from the store at 9 am. Refreshments after th ride. Helmets are required. No ride if raining.

Decatur Celebrates National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and the City of Decatur has lots of rides and other things bike related. Plan to join us for a ride or two or three!  For detailed information, visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking and check back here for updates.

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Bike Registration and Safety Event September 20 in Decatur Heights

Join the Decatur Police Department and Decatur Active Living

for a Bicycle Registration and Safety Event.

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Register your bike, receive a helmet safety check, and ride the “safety course” to learn bike safety, hand signals, rules of the road and have your bike checked by the folks from Bicycle South.

 If it rains, we will move from the parking lot to inside of the gym.

This event is offered FREE to the community!

 

When:      Saturday, September 20th, 10 am – Noon

Where:    The Church at Decatur Heights (735 Sycamore Drive)

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Information jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

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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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I Bike Decatur: Join the Ride This Sunday

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For more information and to sign up, click here.

Staying Active This Weekend in Decatur

Okay, it may rain all weekend, but just in case, here are some things to do outside. And if it does rain, we have some ideas for things to do inside as well!

If it DOES NOT rain:

Saturday:
Join Decatur BIkes for the weekly ride to Stone Mountain. This no-drop ride is fun and casual. Meet in the CVS parking lot across the street from Decatur Bikes at 8 am. Helmets are required.

Sams’ Freight Room Ride occurs every Saturday at 2pm. An eay 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur is mainly on residential streets. Special attention given to beginning riders. Leaves from 410 E Howard Ave. Afterwards the group will go to a local restauratn for refreshments and socializing. Helmets are required. For more information contact Lynne Rosner at bikelynne@gmail.com.

Decatur BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in Harmony Park in Oakhurst from 4p  – 10 pm.

Sunday:
The monthly Bicycle South ride to Stone Mountain is this Sunday and all levels of riders are welcome. Another no-drop ride, it leaves from Bicycle South at 9am on Sunday morning. This is another fun, casual ride and helmets are required.

Saturday or Sunday:
Take a stroll in Woodlands Garden on Scott Boulevard. Open to the community during daylight hours every day! Bike or walk over as parking is limited. Or park at Westchester and walk over from there.

Visit Glenlake Park. Children can play on the playground while the adults “play” on the adult exercise equipment.  We do not recommend that children play on the adult equipment as they may be hurt or injured. It is not built for their little bodies.

Swim at one of our  three great public pools.

Play some tennis at one of our public courts.

OR just take a stroll or bike ride around your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors.

If it DOES rain:

Saturday:
Stop by Decatur Recreation Center  and take a casual walk or run on our indoor walking track. It is available during regular hours on Saturday and free to the community. If it clears up while you are here, step out back to enjoy Scott Park. The drop by the Decatur Branch of the library and  browse the thousands of books.

Family Play at the Decatur Recreation Center gym from 2-4 pm on Saturdays. Bring a ball and shoot some hoops with your family. Free to residents, $2 for non-residents.

Sunday:
Stop by Decatur Recreation Center and join the Decatur Pongers for some fun table tennis. from 10 am until 1 pm. Beginners to advanced players are welcome to attend. Free to residents and $2 for non-residents.

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Staying Active This Weekend

There are many manys to stay active this weekend in Decatur: events, organized rides, art, places to walk or cycle to, and more. What are you waiting for? Get out of the house and enjoy your city!

Friday:
Bike Decatur Mobile Social: 6:30 pm at the Church Street MARTA Station. Don your beach wear and join Decatur Active Living and Bike Decatur for a beach-themed leisurely 5 mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. After the ride we will go to Beach Party and dance the  night away! Helmets are required.

Decatur Beach Party: 5 – 11 pm, on the Square in downtown Decatur. Walk or bike to the event that is fun for the entire family. Children’s Boardwalk and music from A1A to dance to.

Saturday:
Visit the Decatur Farmers Market, 9 – 1 pm, at the corner of Trinity Place and N McDonough. Chef Eric Ottensmeyer from Leon’s will be demonstrating. Squash, blueberries and peaches are just some of the tasty summer foods available. Shop for a great dinner for Dad on Sunday!

Sidewalk Saturdays continue in downtown Decatur and Oakhurst from 3 – 6 pm. Thanks to the Decatur Arts Alliance,  artists and musicians will hit the sidewalks. Have lunch and then walk or  hop on your bike and ride to Harmony Park and back to downtown Atlanta to enjoy the day.

Sunday:
Join Bicycle South for their monthly Stone Mountain ride. Cyclists leave Bicycle South at 9 am. This is a no-drop ride. Helmets are required. After the ride there will be snacks at the shop. It’s my birthday so join the ride and help me celebrate.

Celebrate Father’s Day with an afternoon at one of Decatur’s pools or parks. Ebster pool is a great place to swim laps. Enjoy the adult playground at  Glenlake Park while the children enjoy the children’s playground and then hop in the pool to cool off. Bring your toddlers to McKoy pool – with zero entry it is as close as you can get to the beach in Decatur.

Take a stroll through Woodlands Garden. You are welcome to visit for a quiet stroll any day during daylight hours. A walk through the woods on a hot day will cool you off and provide an escape from the city without having to leave the city! Consider walking or biking over as parking is limited.

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More Bike Month Activities in Decatur

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Thursday, May 16: Bike Decatur meets at 8 am at Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. The meeting is open, so come on out and join in the discussion. The Bike Decatur night meeting is at 8 pm, McGowan’s Pub in Oakhurst. Check out the FB page at www.facebook.com/bikedecatur for updates on Bike Decatur.

Friday, May 17: Bike to Work Day. Stop by Decatur Recreation Center between 7 and 10 am for a refreshment break on your bicycle commute. We will greet you with coffee, juice and a pastry. And of course, a big smile!

Saturday, May 18: Beginner Group Riding skills, 10 am  – 1 pm. Decatur Recreation Center. If interested in attending register on WebTrac or  contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com before 5 pm on Friday.

Sunday, May 19: Bicycle South offers an easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park, beginning at the store at 9 am. Refreshments at Bicycle South after the ride.

Did you kow that you can use an easy AP to log your miles? Click here to access Endomondo – it will also track your walking, running and more. Check it out!