October Bike Rides in Decatur


Join Sam’s Freight Room Ride every Saturday at 2 pm. Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue, across from the Old Depot. All levels are welcome for this no-drop ride.

Join Decatur Bikes for a fun Saturday morning ride out to Stone Mountain. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store on West Ponce de Leon and be ready to ride at 8 am. The ride welcomes all levels and is a no-drop ride. Helmets are required. For more information visit  www.decaturbikes.com.

Mondays at 6:30 pm: Shaking the Blues Cruise. Begins at Bicycle South and is a 20 mile no drop ride through Druid Hills, Cabbagetown, Decatur, Oakhurst and others. Information 404-636-4444.

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm join the Meltons’s App & Tap ride– a moderate 12 mile ride through Avondale Estates and back. Information 707-309-1992

Thursdays at 6:30 pm Decatur Wonderful Evening Ride winds through Decatur and Atlanta. Starts behind the CVS at W Ponce and W Commerce Drive. Info 678-637-7823.

Upcoming Events

Decatur Bike Derby
October 4, 11 AM – 3 PM
Cycle on over to the 4/5 Academy in Oakhurst for the third annual Bike Derby. The Decatur Bike Derby was formed to celebrate and encourage cycling fitness and healthy living in our community. You can practice bicycle skills, learn about bike safety and more. For more information and to register visit www.decaturbikederby.com.

Beginners Group Riding Skills
Saturday, October 11, 9 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35
It’s time to get on your ride and get your ride on! Join League cycling instructor Mike Sheehan for this informative and fun class. If you have been wanting to ride in groups but are uncomfortable, this is the class for you. For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/GRS_bikewithmike.

October 17: Join Decatur Active Living for our Third Friday Fun Bike Ride. A social five mile ride around Decatur. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments. All levels are welcome. Helmets are required. Rides starts at the Decatur Marta Station on Church Street in the plaza at 630pm. Follow us on the SBL Meet-up page.

Feel free to add more rides that you know about in the comments. We also list rides and other activities at http://www.decaturga.com/biking.


October 19: Ridewell, the Holy Trinity Bicycle Festival. Registration will begin at 1PM. There will be rides and a bicycle rodeo in the afternoon. At 5:00 PM there will be a bicycle blessing, followed by a chili supper. All are welcome. Details at http://ridewell.tumblr.com/

Third Friday Bike Riders in September

Third Friday Bike Riders in September

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.

Tweed & Vintage Ride is Saturday!!

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Join Houndstooth Road for the Tweed & Vintage Ride this Saturday.  Check in is at 1:30pm at SQ/FT and the ride begins at 2 pm. All levels of riders are welcome. Wear your best Vintage or Tweed and join in the fun!

For more information, click here.

Bike to Work Challenge 2013: Let’s Ride Decatur!

thCA3EG7EAThe Clean Air Campaign is challenging people in the metro area to bike to work in October. It’s for everyone – from avid bike riders to people who haven’t ridden a bike in years. It’s all about trying a greener and healthier way to get around. And there are lots of way to participate.

Ride into work, or just to the bus or train stop. Learn about Georgia Commute Options programs. Try out the new tools and technology. Make some new friends along the way.

  • Compete for individual and team prizes.
  • See how many  miles you’ve biked
  • Keep track of the leader board
  • Find cycling classes, safety tips and other resources.

For more information and to register, visit www.atlbiketowork.org.

Let’s put Decatur on the map with lots of  riders!

Challenge a friend. Challenge yourself, Have fun. Register today!


Bike Ride to the Beltline September 14th

beltlineJoin Active Living Board member and avid cyclist Miriam Vos on Saturday, September 14th for a bicycle ride to the Beltline. We will meet at Decatur Recreation Center at 2pm and learn an easy route to get to the Beltline. The ride will be approximately 15 miles. Helmets are required and the ride is not recommended for small children. For more information contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.


Bicycle Safety Training at 4/5 Academy at 5th Avenue

Thanks to all the volunteers that came out last week to help with the Annual Bicycle Safety Training at the 4/5 Academy at 5th Avenue. Active Living Staff coordinated the training and worked with the staff at 5th Avenue to train over 260 fourth grade children. Children learned to “ride slow like snail”, dodge fake rocks in the road, signal for stops and turns, and to scan before changing lanes. Thanks to community members, Firefighters, Police Officers, Active Living Staff and everyone who came out to assist with this great project.

The Bicycle Safety Training is part of the the Safe Routes to School Program in the city. We not only want to encourage children to walk and bike to school, but teach them good safety habits as well.


Sharrows and Biking in Downtown Decatur

I bet you have noticed the new sharrows on Ponce de Leon and on Sycamore Drive that were painted this past weekend. The word “sharrow” was new to me last year before I began working in the Active Living Department, but now has become a part of my vocabulary. I like to compare it to how we “google” things- 20 years ago we would have no idea what that word was. Here’s the definition…..
Sharrows are street markings that remind motorists to share the lane with bicycles. They are used on streets with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less and when there is  not enough width or the right road conditions to stripe a bicycle lane. Unlike bike lanes, sharrows do not designate a part of the street exclusively for bikes.

A year ago there is no way that I imagined myself on a bike riding around downtown Decatur and was vocal telling bikers that. Now I have to eat my words as I have rediscovered the joy of riding a bike. I am starting off with small trips during the day to build up my confidence, and I must say that I feel pretty safe riding down Ponce de Leon and some other downtown streets. I am amazed at how youthful I feel biking around and find that it gets me where I am going a bit faster than my usual mode, walking.

I hope you enjoy the sharrows, and consider riding your bike a bit more. It is my opinion that the more bikes that are on the road in Decatur, the more aware the drivers will become.