Where Will YOU Ride Today?

IMG_2249We are enjoying riding our bikes for National Bike Month and finding new routes in Decatur. It has been so much fun riding through neighborhoods and seeing people out on their bikes. PLEASE – remember to keep physically distant and wear face masks if that is not possible.

Be sure to visit our Virtual Bike Month activities at decaturga.com/biking. Complete the checklist and receive a cooling bandanna with the I Bike Decatur logo. (You can use it as a mask too!) Enjoy cycling on some of routes we have enjoyed.

Some Bike Month ideas from The League of American Bicyclists:

    • Take a picture of yourself and your bike.
    • Go for a ride solo and take a picture – share it on social media and tag it #BikesUnite  (and of course, #ibikedecatur!)
    • Challenge your friends to a photo contest – who can take the best photo of their bike leaning next to a tree?
    • Take a selfie in front of your favorite small businesses to show support.
    • Watch  and share the League’s videos about how to gain confidence in your riding skills.

Smart Cycling Classes for Adults at Decatur Active Living

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For more information about cycling in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking or contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.

Walk Your Wheels on Downtown Sidewalks

IMG_0474You may have noticed these stencils on the sidewalks in the downtown area. Pedestrians and cyclists do not mix well on heavily used sidewalks. We have elderly folks, as well as lots of walking traffic. Be polite and Walk Your Wheels!

Riding on the Sidewalk

Riding on the sidewalk is not always the safest choice. 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. It is also more difficult for cars to see you.

Please remember to be courteous and avoid bicycling on the sidewalks in the downtown Decatur pedestrian zone. The  sidewalk marking shown below designates those streets:

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May is National Bike Month

Plan to hop on your bike to join in some Bike Month Activities. For more information on biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

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City of Decatur is a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community

BFC_seal_templateThe City of Decatur has been renewed by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Decatur joins a cutting-edge group of over 400 communities across the United States that are transforming the American landscape.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, Executive Director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities and be a part of the solution to many complex challenges faced at both the community and national levels. We look forward to continuing to work with these communities as we move closer to our mission of creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community. Learn more about biking in Decatur at decaturga.com/biking. 

Bike Month in Decatur

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May 13: Bike Fest at the Decatur Farmers Market, 9 am  – 1 pm. Decatur Police will be doing bike registration and Decatur Active Living will be giving out bike information and bike pins!

May 15 – 19: Bike to Work Week. Try biking to work this week, or part of the way. Get some exercise and arrive refreshed!

May 19:  Bike to Work Day, 7 am – 10 am. Stop by the Energizer station in front of the Decatur Recreation Center  and have some coffee, juice, and/or a pastry. GA Commute Options will also be on hand with clean commute information. Get a bike pin and pick up some bike safety information and a map.

May 19: Third Friday FUN Bike Ride, 6:30 pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for this 5-6 mile ride around the city. Helmets and lights are required. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment.

May 21: Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain, 9 am. Easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park, beginning at the store, 2098 N Decatur Road. Helmets required.

May 27 – 28: Bike Valet at the Decatur Arts Festival.

May 27: Bike Registration at the Decatur Arts Festival, 10 am – 2 pm. Bring your bike and get it registered by the Decatur Police. Pick up some bike safety information.

 

 

 

 

 

May is National Bike Month

There are lots of opportunities to ride your bike in May to celebrate National Bike Month. From shop rides, to a  bike rodeo and the Third Friday Ride, there is something for almost everyone. More information on biking in Decatur is at http://www.decaturga.com/biking. decatur-bike-month-poster-2017-rev-web

Decatur Farmers Market Bike Fest Wednesday

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Decatur Active Living will be there, so stop by our table and find out about biking opportunities in Decatur. Decatur Police will be registering bikes, so ride on over!

For information about biking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/biking.

Bike Rodeo on March 11!

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Join Decatur Active Living on Saturday, March 11 for our first 2017 Bike Rodeo! Learn safety skills, have your bike and helmet checked, and have some fun! This event is free to the community and everyone is welcome.

Bicycle South will join us and provide bike safety checks.