How to Lock Your Bike

The following information is from Momentum Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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Illustrator: Thomas James

A man sauntered into our neighborhood bike shop and examined the display of locks. He hefted the most impressive one, a massive, heavy chain, looked at the price tag and frowned. “I don’t know if I can afford it,” he said to the shop owner.

“Can you afford to have your bike stolen?” the owner replied.

This is, in a nutshell, the basic logic of bike security. Bikes are light and easily transported, convenient qualities not only for bike owners, but also for bike thieves. They’re also easily resold, infrequently tracked down by law enforcement, and too often perceived as an “assumed loss,” – many people simply expect to have their bicycle stolen at some point. As a result, bike theft is an absolutely massive – and growing – problem in many cities worldwide.

As the number of bicycles on our streets increase, so too do the number of people trying to make a quick buck off of their vulnerability. But your bicycle doesn’t have to be an assumed loss. By taking a few simple precautions and investing in a decent lock or two, you can basically ensure your precious ride will always be exactly where you left it.

Continue reading the article here.

And here is a good video for the school children on how to lock their bike at school.

Biking to School: Let’s Ride Safely

Take a test ride to school this week to figure out the best route and remember to have fun while riding safely.

The video below is a great reminder of bike safety for adults as well as children.

Bike Safety for Commuters Quiz

RV-dmvjj_400x400Georgia Bikes, our state advocacy organization, offers many resources for cycling. They even have a Bike Safety Tips for Commuters Quiz. You can take that quiz by clicking the link on their home page. You can skip the part where you give information about yourself if you like.

I bet you can score 100%!

Check out their website for this and other bicycling information. They are a great resource.

Bike Safety for a Safer Journey

Enjoy this video with your children to encourage riding safely. School will be starting soon and we want everyone to stay safe!

Wear a helmet!
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Ride with an adult until you are old enough to ride on your own.
Check your bike before you leave home: air, brakes and chain
Stop at all stop signs and wherever a car may come into the road. Look right, left and right again.

Have fun!

 

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.

 

Bike Safety – Let’s All Ride Safer!

Thanks to our friends at GA Bikes for this quick overview of bike safety. Take a minute to watch it and feel safer on the road.

Be Safe on Your Bike!

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Bike Safety Poster Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Bike Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Decatur Active Living and Bicycle South. Winners’ posters will be displayed around town during May, which is National Bike Month. Be on the lookout and  follow the safety tips!

For more information on Bike Month and biking in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

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How to Bike in the City

Enjoy this video with tips on how to bike in the city……be sure to wear a helmet!

Bike Safety Poster Contest Returns

May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes to School invites children in participating schools to enter Decatur’s second annual Bike to School Month poster contest.

We invite children in grades k – 8 to design a poster illustrating bike safety. For example, the poster could show a child using hand signals, or it could stress the importance of wearing a helmet. Creativity is encouraged!

A panel of judges will select four winners who will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South, the contest sponsor. Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of bike safety theme, and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging. The winning posters will be made into posters to be displayed throughout the City during May. Winners will also be recognized at the City Commission meeting in May and poster art will be featured in the May Decatur FOCUS magazine.

Deadline is March 10. Entries are to be turned in at the student’s school by 3 pm.

For more information on how to enter and the registration form please visit decaturga.com/srts or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com. Entry forms will also be available at each participating school.

Here are last year’s winning posters…..

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