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.

Decatur is Officially a Bicycle Friendly Community!

Across the U.S. bicycling is on the rise, thanks in part to cities like Decatur taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for all residents. Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and Decatur has been named a Bronze Level BFC!

“We are excited that the City of Decatur recognizes that simple steps to make biking safe and comfortable pay huge dividends in civic, community and economic development'” said League President Andy Clarke. “Bicycling is more than a practical, cost effective solution to many municipal challenges – it’s a way to make Decatur a place where people don’t just live and work, but thrive.”

To learn more about the BFC program, click here.

Over the past several years, the City of Decatur has added bicycle lanes, bicycle racks, and sharrows. Two new bike stores have opened. and there are group bike rides that occur on a regular basis in Decatur.  Bike Valet parking was added to the two major festivals, the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Book Festival. Walking and riding bikes around the city has become more commonplace as people feel safer and  more comfortable on their bikes.

“A year ago, I would have never thought that I would have the  courage to ride down Ponce de Leon during rush hour. With the addition of the sharrow road markings and the steadily increasing number of bicyclists, I now feel very comfortable riding my bike around the city. ”  A Local Bicyclist

What is a Sharrow?

 

Thanks to Bike Emory we have this great illustration and information on sharing the road. Good information for those who see the markings on the road, but not sure what they mean.

We have noticed lots of bicyclists on the roads and that number is increasing every day. Let’s all stay safe and Share the Road!

Bike to Work Week is May 16-20

News from Bike Decatur:

Next week is Bike-to-Work week, including a Thursday ride from downtown Atlanta to Twain’s in Decatur for a Bike Fiesta.  If you want to join in, please register on http://www.atlantabike.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1563. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 For a full list of the events and opportunities, click here.