I Bike Decatur!

I-bike-decatur.webSome opportunities to bike this weekend in Decatur:

This Saturday’s Decatur Bikes Ride has been cancelled.

Saturday, 2 pm  Sams Freight Room Ride
An easy 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur. Mainly on quiet residential streets. Special attention given to beginning riders. Leaves from E. Howard Ave. across from the old train depot. Afterwards the group will go to a local establishment for refreshments and socializing. Ride leaders are Harvey Whiteman, 404-377-5947, Lynne Rosner 404-378- 2903 and Alan Capsuto 404-286-5338. For more information, email Lynne Rosner at bikelr@comcast.net or call 404 378-2903.”

Sunday, September 13th, 9 am:  Bicycle South’s Last Shop Ride of the Season
Join Bicycle South for their last shop ride of the season to Stone Mountain. This is a no drop ride, followed by refreshments at the store. Meet at Bicycle South, 2098 N Decatur Road. Helmets are required.

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.




Decatur Earth Day is April 19th at the Oakhurst Community Garden

Join in the pre-festival activities. Yoga in Sugar Creek Garden at 11 am or a Bike Ride led by the folks from Decatur Bikes at 11 am. Bike ride is family friendly and is no-drop. Meet at Harmony Park and be ready to ride at 11 am.

Join in the Costume Parade! Dress in your favorite Gnome wear or costume of any kind and be ready to step off from Harmony Park at 12:30 pm. The parade is car free.

At the event enjoy music from some of Decatur’s youth, earth day crafts, Reptiles!!, vendors and food. It is a great day for family fun and it is all FREE thanks to our sponsors: The Wylde Center, City of Decatur, Decatur Business Association, Pit Stop and Bubbling Creek.

Walk or ride your bike to the event!

More information at wyldecenter.org/decatur-earth-day-festival.

Decatur Bikes First Annual Christmas Lights Ride!

lights on bike

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.


Stay Active in Decatur This Weekend!

Walk, Bike, Jog……just stay active in Decatur this weekend~


Join Decatur Bikes for a no-drop ride along the PATH. Meet in the CVS Parking lot across from Decatur Bikes at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a very fun group!

City of Decatur Pools are open this weekend through Monday. Enjoy the end of the season with a refreshing swim.

Hang out at one of the great City of Decatur parks or walk your dog over to one of three dog parks in the city. 


Ride your bike to the Decatur Book Festival and leave it at the Bike Valet on N McDonough Street in front of the County Courthouse. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will have racks and volunteers ready to take good care of your bike while you walk around the festival. No need to drive and figure out where to park that  car. Join in one the Children’s Parades held at the opening of each day. 


Jog or walk on over to the Decatur Library for the Friends of the Library Book Sale on the front lawn from 9 am until 3 pm. I LOVE this sale so will probably see you there! Arrive early as the books fly off the shelves. 

Market harvest

Then head on over to the Decatur Farmer’s Market at the corner of N McDonough and Trinity to stock up on fresh grown produce, honey, and more. Support the local farmers.

Coming in from outside Decatur? Hop on MARTA and arrive at the Decatur Station, directly underneath the festival. How convenient is that? Enjoy a car-free weekend!


This Week’s Bike Month Activities

I-bike-decatur-fnl-for-printerBike to Work Energizer Station, Friday May 16, 7 – 10 am
Stop by the Decatur Recreation Center on your way to work for coffee, juice and pastries and get energized for your bike commute! We will have NEW I Bike Decatur shirts for sale for $20 (cash or check), visitors from the CleanAir Campaign, Bike Maps and pins, and more. Rain or shine! Decatur Recreation Center is located at 231 Sycamore Drive, just a block from the Decatur MARTA Station.  FREE shirt compliments of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Fallen Arrows for first ten arrivals who have signed up for the National Bike Challenge. #BTWD2014


Children’s Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 17, 10 am – 1 pm
Decatur Active Living has joined forces with Mike Sheehan and Neil Walker to put on a Children’s Bike Rodeo in the Callaway Lot, located at the corner of Trinity Place and Commerce Drive, across from the DeKalb County Parking Deck in downtown Decatur. Children will learn the A-B-Cs of Bike Safety, traffic skills, fun games, and more. The event is FREE. Helmets are required. #ibikedecatur

Decatur Bikes Ride to Stone Mountain, May 17, 8 am
Join Decatur Bikes for a Saturday morning ride to Stone Mountain. Meet at the CVS lot across from the store at 7:45 am and be ready to ride at 8 am. This is a conversational pace, no drop ride. No ride if raining. Helmets are required. Decatur Bikes will be doing these rides  throughout the summer. #ibikedecatur

Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain, May 18, 9 am
Join Bicycle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. Meet in the Bicycle South parking lot and be ready to ride at 9 am. This is a fun, no-drop ride. Helmets are required. Snacks at the store after the ride. #ibikedecatur



May is Bike Month!!

The City of Decatur is participating in National Bike Month with a plethora of activities. Good time to dust off the bike and hop on for a ride! On May 7, it’s Bike to School Day and a good time to review Bike Safety in the classroom with these FHA free videos for youth/teens. Stop by our energizer station in front of the Recreation Center this Friday @7am. Take our 8-question bike commuter survey now or while you are there.


Breathe Easy Ride

In addition to the activities listed on the poster, join Decatur Bikes on Saturday mornings for the Decatur Bikes Saturday Morning Breathe Easy Ride.

This Ride goes from March 29th until the temp drops below 50 degrees, usually near the end of October. They gather in the CVS parking lot at 7:45am for an 8:00 am leave time. This is a NO DROP RIDE so all skill levels and all types of bikes are welcome. They usually go out to Stone Mountain Park, take a lap around and head back to Decatur. The ride is 98% on the bike path. Average speed is usually around 12 miles an hour and you WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHIND!!! It ends up being around 25-30 miles of fairly easy riding. We like to say the ride is at a conversational pace. Helmets are required. If rain is expected then we probably won’t go but call 404-941-8717 to make sure.

For more information about any of the events, contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.

Stay Active This Weekend in Decatur and Beyond

It looks like another great weekend in Decatur  and there are lots of things to do outside!


Walking through Hidden Cove Park

Walking through Hidden Cove Park

Decatur BIkes leads a casual, no-drop ride to Stone Mountain every Saturday. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store and be ready to go at 8 am. Helmets are required.Concerts on the Square, 7:00 until 9:30 pm. Bring your picnic or pick up a meal to go from one of our many restaurants and join the community for a free concert. Grant Green Jr is the featured musician this week.

It is not too late to get your ticket for Decatur’s Kitchen Garden Dinner Party.  Steinbecks and Leon’s Full Service are taking the lead along with some of Decatur finest chefs to provide the menu for a sumptuous outdoor dinner party hosted at the Decatur Cemetery.

I know it is out of Decatur, but you may want to ride your bike over to Atlanta Streets Alive this Sunday from 2 until 6 pm.

Any Day:
Woodlands Garden is open during daylilght hours every day of the week. Stop by and take a stroll among native plants. Enjoy peace and serenity in the middle of Decatur. You won’t even know the road is nearby.

Hop on your bike or take a walk to any of our great parks and greenspaces. Bring a picnic or stop in route at one of Decatur’s restaurants.

Visit the playground at Glenlake Park – the adult “play area” is right next to the children’s area. Mom and Dad can work out on the adult equipment while the children play on theirs.

Staying Active This Weekend in Decatur

Okay, it may rain all weekend, but just in case, here are some things to do outside. And if it does rain, we have some ideas for things to do inside as well!

If it DOES NOT rain:

Join Decatur BIkes for the weekly ride to Stone Mountain. This no-drop ride is fun and casual. Meet in the CVS parking lot across the street from Decatur Bikes at 8 am. Helmets are required.

Sams’ Freight Room Ride occurs every Saturday at 2pm. An eay 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur is mainly on residential streets. Special attention given to beginning riders. Leaves from 410 E Howard Ave. Afterwards the group will go to a local restauratn for refreshments and socializing. Helmets are required. For more information contact Lynne Rosner at bikelynne@gmail.com.

Decatur BBQ & Blues Festival will be held in Harmony Park in Oakhurst from 4p  – 10 pm.

The monthly Bicycle South ride to Stone Mountain is this Sunday and all levels of riders are welcome. Another no-drop ride, it leaves from Bicycle South at 9am on Sunday morning. This is another fun, casual ride and helmets are required.

Saturday or Sunday:
Take a stroll in Woodlands Garden on Scott Boulevard. Open to the community during daylight hours every day! Bike or walk over as parking is limited. Or park at Westchester and walk over from there.

Visit Glenlake Park. Children can play on the playground while the adults “play” on the adult exercise equipment.  We do not recommend that children play on the adult equipment as they may be hurt or injured. It is not built for their little bodies.

Swim at one of our  three great public pools.

Play some tennis at one of our public courts.

OR just take a stroll or bike ride around your neighborhood and get to know your neighbors.

If it DOES rain:

Stop by Decatur Recreation Center  and take a casual walk or run on our indoor walking track. It is available during regular hours on Saturday and free to the community. If it clears up while you are here, step out back to enjoy Scott Park. The drop by the Decatur Branch of the library and  browse the thousands of books.

Family Play at the Decatur Recreation Center gym from 2-4 pm on Saturdays. Bring a ball and shoot some hoops with your family. Free to residents, $2 for non-residents.

Stop by Decatur Recreation Center and join the Decatur Pongers for some fun table tennis. from 10 am until 1 pm. Beginners to advanced players are welcome to attend. Free to residents and $2 for non-residents.