May is National Bike Month!

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Join us for one or more of the fun biking activities we have planned for National Bike Month. We love to bike and want to have some fun with the community!

We will be at the Concert on the Square on May 11 and the Blue Sky Concert on May 15 giving out bicycle safety information as well as our new 3 foot law bumper stickers. Look for the orange Active Living tent and come by to say hello!

For more details on rides in May and biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking.

April Bike Rides at Decatur Active Living

ibike Spring has arrived and we are excited to have two bike rides in April!

Third Friday Bike Ride
Friday, April 19 at 6:30 pm Decatur Active Living staff will lead a 6 mile bike ride around Decatur. Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm. Helmets are required. Not recommended for children.

Senior Bike Ride
Friday, April 26 at 10 am staff will lead our first senior bike ride! Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 10 am. We will ride 4 miles with a water break at Glenlake Park. Wear your helmet and bring a water bottle. The ride is free and limited to 15 so register here to reserve your spot.

For more information about biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Thanks for the new Bike Racks!

IMG_1005Thanks to local attorney Aaron Marks, of the Marks Law Group, LLC, there are eight more places to lock up your bike in downtown Decatur. Mr. Marks donated bike racks to the city to fill a need on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The new racks are located along the downtown business corridor and were especially welcomed by  the cyclists who bike commute to work in Town Center.

Thank you Aaron Marks!

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

Third Friday Bike Ride Returns March 15

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Don your green and join Decatur Active Living for the  Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, March 15! We will be channeling our inner Irish and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a 6 mile bike ride around the city. This is a no-drop ride – we ride at a social pace and no one will be left behind.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center; wheels down at 6:30 pm.  After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment and camaraderie. 

Be sure to wear a helmet and bring a water bottle.

In the case of inclement weather, check back here for updates.

Third Friday Bike Ride: Light up the Night!

b180d397e6Join Decatur Active Living for the October Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Light up the Night!” and participants will receive free glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces. Be sure to have lights on your bike and wear something bright and/or reflective.

This month you will want to arrive early to visit with the GA Commute Options folks  who will be joining us from 5:30 – 6:30 pm with info and to get your glow goodies.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Wheels down at 6:30 pm. We will ride 6 miles and then retire to a local watering hole for refreshments. This is a  social paced no-drop ride. Not recommended for children.

Hop on your bike and join us! All are welcome.

 

Check Your Bike Before Each Ride

An 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

Family Bike Ride, Sunday September 9

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Join Decatur Active Living for this fun Family Bike Ride beginning at Harmony Park. We will bicycle 1-2 miles around Oakhurst. Decatur Police will be registering bikes from 1 – 2 pm. The ride begins at 2 pm. Riders will receive a special I Bike Decatur spoke card. Safety information will also be available.

Helmets are required for all city sponsored rides. All children MUST be accompanied by adults. The event is free, however we ask that you register on our Facebook page so we have an idea of how many will be joining us.

For more information contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6541.

 

Sharing the PATH or a Trail

 

Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

•    Be courteous
•    Know the rules of the trail you are using
•    Give a clear signal when passing
•    Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
•    Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
•    If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
•    Only use half the width of the trail
•    Keep it clean

“I Bike Decatur” Group for 4th of July Parade

4th of july imageAdult cyclists should have as much fun as the children in the 4th of July Parade……so let’s get together and have an adult bike group!

Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center at 5 pm- we will have some decor for your bikes; feel free to bring your own as well. Then we will ride over to the start of the parade that begins at 6 pm.

PLEASE wear a helmet- we want to be good role models for the younger folks. Questions, contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.

 

 

 

Bike to Work Day Energizer Station Friday!

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Stop by Decatur Active Living on Bike to Work Day, Friday May 18 for our Energizer Station. We will be in front of the Decatur Recreation Center from 7 until 10 am with treats, giveaways, bike safety information and more. We will be there even if it rains – if you can bike there we will be there!

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