New! I Bike Decatur Shirts Now Available

We have a newly designed “I Bike Decatur” t-shirt! Shirts are dri-fit and come in both men and women cuts. They are available at Decatur Bikes and at the Decatur Visitor’s Center for only $20.

Show your love of biking in Decatur and get one today!

Thanks to Sarah for being our model!

More information on biking in Decatur at http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

Third Friday FUN Bike Ride April 15

ibikeJoin Decatur Active Living for this FUN five-six mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. This is a slow paced,  no-drop ride;  no one will be left behind!

Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. There is parking behind the Library and we also have a bike fix-it station out front in case you need some air or want to make a small adjustment.

What?     Third Friday Bike Ride

Where?  Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur

When?   Friday, April 15, 6:30 pm.
In the event it is raining, check back here for updates.

Why?  It’s fun!  We will visit a watering hole after the ride for refreshments.

It’s Free!

Questions? Contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or 404-377-0494.

 

Be Ready to Ride This Spring!

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Third Friday Fun bike Ride-Halloween Version!

DSCN9709Join Decatur Active Living on Friday, October 16 for the last Third Friday Bike Ride of the year!

We will ride approximately 5 miles at a  leisurely pace through Decatur neighborhoods enjoying the early Halloween decor. The ride is no-drop: no one will be left  behind! After the ride we will stop for refreshments at a Decatur watering hole.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. Helmets and lights are required. Halloween decor or costumes are optional.

Let’s have some fun!! See you on Friday. For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Bike Around Decatur This Weekend

DSC00300There are opportunities to bike in and to Decatur this weekend.

On Saturday morning, Decatur Bikes will lead a no-drop ride to Stone Mountain at 8 am. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store and be ready to hit the pavement at 8 am. Wear your helmet!

Bike on over to the Decatur Book Festival and have your bike registered by the Decatur Police Department on Saturday, from 10 am until noon. The registration will be set up next to the Bike Valet on North McDonough.

Which leads to mentioning the Bike Valet that will be offered both Saturday and Sunday, so bike on over to the festival and park your bike safely for free.

For more rides going on around the City visit the Southern Bicycle League website by clicking here.

For more information on biking in Decatur, visit www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

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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Get Your Bike Ready to Ride: Do the ABC Bike Check

chain crankAn easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly

 

 

Video from the League of American Bicyclists. Stay safe!!

 

Decatur Bike-Pedestrian Crossing Update

photo 3As many are aware, bike and pedestrian access along the PATH trail along E. Howard has been rerouted for the last couple of months due to construction at the Trinity Triangle site.  At this time, the City of Decatur is pleased to announce that bike and pedestrian access will be restored to this corridor with a new crossing on E. Trinity Place.

Here’s how it works:  The new crossing is located between the construction site (west) and the triangle where N. Candler Street meets E. Howard (east). Look for the pedestrian crossing beacon and the street paint. Cyclists and pedestrians traveling east on the PATH  Trail or north across E. College Avenue may now cross E. Trinity Place at a new temporary crossing. Cyclists and pedestrians traveling west across E. Trinity Place may now safely make their way across E. College Avenue or west on the PATH Trail.

Be careful! The crossing is well marked, but since it is a new location a bit closer to the railroad crossing, all cyclists, pedestrians and motorists should exercise caution.

The Decatur Police Department and Public Works Department will monitor use of the crossing. Updates will be provided as the project continues. This bike and pedestrian access is considered temporary because use of the new sidewalk is subject to construction phasing at the Trinity Triangle site through 2015.

For more information contact  Design, Environment & Construction Division Director John Maximuk at 678.553.6570.

Decatur Bikes First Annual Christmas Lights Ride!

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Join Decatur Bikes for their first annual Christmas Lights Ride on Friday, December 19th at 7 pm. The short 6 mile ride is a family ride and will  proceed at a nice slow pace to enjoy the lights.

Decorate your bike with as much holiday cheer as you like and please bring your helmet.

What:      Decatur Bikes Christmas Lights Ride
When:     Friday, December 19, 7 pm
Where:    Decatur Bikes, 252 W Ponce de Leon Ave

Bring:  At least one front and one back light, warm clothes and YOUR HELMET!!

A recommended donation of $10 per rider (or family) for Clark’s Christmas Kids.

 

What Are YOU Doing to Stay Active This Weekend?

As always there is plenty to do in Decatur on a nice Fall weekend. Here are some ideas to keep you active:

Friday, October 17:
Decatur Third Friday Fun Bike Ride, 6:30 pm meet at Church Street MARTA ready to ride. More info is here.

Saturday, October 18:
Bike Registration and Safety Event at the Decatur Housing Authority, 10 am until Noon. Register your bicycle witih the Decatur Police, ride the children’s safety course and learn signals, lane changing and more. For more information contact jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.

Fairies in the Garden, Woodlands Garden, 2 until 5 pm. Information is here. We went to this in the past and it was awesome!! Not only do you feel like you have left the city while wandering the garden, but the little Fairie Homes are so creative and stoke the imagination. Consider walking or biking over as parking is limited. Or park at Westchester School and walk over.

Decatur Craft Beer Festival, Information is here. I believe there are still some VIP tickets available.

Sunday, October 19:
RideWell Bike Festival at Holy Trinity Parish, 1 pm until 6 pm. Information is here.

What else do you know of that is happening in Decatur this weekend? Feel free to comment…..

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