“Bike There” This Week

From the League of American Bicyclists:

This September 21-27, and specifically on September 22, we are encouraging everyone to Bike There, wherever that there may be. Bike to Work, yes. Bike with friends, yes. Bike to an errand, yes. Bike to a Bicycle Friendly Business, yes. Bike around your neighborhood and back to your home, yes. Any bike, anywhere, it all counts. We just want to bike together and inspire each other to do this simple act that means so much to our lives and our future. 

Share photos of your solo or family rides on social media using #BikeThere and #BikesUnite and share the joy biking brings you. Show us, show the world, show your neighbors the power of bicycling. By sharing your “reason to ride” on social media and encouraging friends and family across the country to go by bike, we can experience the joy of biking together even as we keep our distance. 

Biking Benefits the Environment

Biking not only benefits your health, but it also benefits the environment. Biking instead of using a car can be a useful step in reducing your carbon footprint and preserving the environment.

Transportation accounts for more than half of the carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted into the air, with the average U.S. car emitting a pound of carbon dioxide per mile from burning fuel. By opting to bike, you are saving fossil fuel and reducing the number of cars on the road. Fewer cars relieves congestion and traffic and of a need for new parking lots and roadways, and more potential locations for public green spaces. Bicycles can use existing infrastructure, without demanding too much in terms of road construction and parking spaces. Bikes are also quiet, which means no honking or obnoxious noise pollution.

Third, biking around our neighborhoods gives us a greater appreciation for the surrounding natural beauty. By choosing to Move It Monday by biking, you are embracing the outdoors, appreciating the environment, all the while bettering your own health.

Cycle Smart to Stay Safe

Basic Cycling Guidelines to Ensure You Stay Safe

Zipping through city streets or country roads on your bike can be an exhilarating workout, but any cyclist, no matter their skill level and comfort, should adhere to some basic biking safety protocols.

The most important safety requirement is wearing a helmet that fits your head properly. Helmet sizes differ based on manufacturer, so the only real way to know how it fits is to put it on and adjust the straps. You also want to make sure the bike you’re riding is the right size with functioning. Before your ride, make sure your shoe laces are tucked securely into your pant legs so that they don’t get tangled in the bike chain. It also helps to plan your route ahead of time. If driving on the road, choose areas with less traffic and slower speed limits; for leisurely rides, try to stick to a bike path.

You also want to do your best to avoid crashes; because, regardless of who is responsible, if a cyclist falls or collides with another vehicle, they are often the one who suffers with the physical consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicyclist deaths occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm in urban areas, so try to avoid riding during these times of day when visibility is limited. If you do decide to ride during dusk or the evening, use reflective gear and clothing as well as a flashing front and rear light.   

 Bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Riding defensively is the best way to avoid an accident. Drive with the flow of traffic, obey street signs, signals, and road markings, and always assume that the other person or vehicle doesn’t see you. When biking, riders should be as predictable as possible, using hand signals and following the other rules of the road.

These basic guidelines will help ensure your ride is a safe success. 

Get on Your Bike in September!

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Century Challenge
Decatur Active Living challenges you to ride 100 miles in September! Ride as few or as many times as you like; just accumulate 100 miles between September 1 and 30, take a screen shot of your activity tracker showing your mileage, and send to cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Riders will receive a cooling bandanna with the I Bike Decatur logo. See if you can make a route using the city’s new cycle track. All ages are welcome to participate!

Cycle September
Sign up for the National Bike Challenge “Cycle September” at https://www.lovetoride.net/usa. This is also a good way to track your miles for the month.

Bike and Be Well – September 16
Safe Routes to School invites all children to bike (or walk) to their school on Wednesday, September 16 to celebrate Bike and Be Well Day! Students in grades K – 5 are invited to bike (or walk) by their school and pick up an incentive item and a Bicycle Guide for Kids. Each school will set their own time frame to coordinate with the Wellness Wednesday activities for students at their school. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Let’s see which school will have the highest participation!

Bike to Work
Bike to Work Week will take place September 21-27, 2020. Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22!

For ideas on routes around the city visit decaturga.com/biking.

There is Still Time….

checklist

There is still time to complete the Virtual Bike Month checklist and get your I Bike Decatur bandanna.

We will mail it to you as soon as we get your email. Be sure to send in your address!

We hope you have enjoyed this activity; be on the look out for our June Walk Challenge.

Decatur Active Living wants you to #stayactivedecatur!

 

 

Wearing a Bike Helmet Properly

Wearing a bike helmet improperly is the same as not wearing a bike helmet at all.

 

Fitting a Helmet:
•    Place it on your head without fastening the straps
•    There should be a two-fingers width between your eyebrows and helmet
•    There should be little movement when you shake your head from side to side
•    You will want to start out with the smallest size– you may have to try on different sizes and brands of helmets until you find one that fits

Adjusting Your Helmet:
•    The side straps should come to a point just below your ears forming a “Y” shape
•    When your mouth is closed, there should be about half an inch between the chin strap and your chin

Bike Month Continues!

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Cyclist Tony Leung with his bandanna

Have you completed the Virtual Bike Month Checklist? It is not too late- we know you want the cooling bandanna prize!

On the rainy days, you can watch some of the videos on the League of American Bicyclists web site and learn more about cycling.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition offers some free online classes.

Stay safe out there!

May is (still) Bike Month!

MAY IS STILL BIKE MONTH

Join us in celebrating National Bike Month. We wish we could get together for some rides, or other activities. Since that is not possible this year, we are  inviting you to participate in Virtual Bike Month.

We have routes, fun activities, safety information, and more. There is also a Bike Month checklist that you complete, then send in for a prize.

We love seeing so many Decaturites on their bikes during this time. Please remember to follow the rules of the road, ride safely, and share the paths with walkers.

The League of American Bicyclists has postponed Bike to Work Week until September, so we hope to plan something fun at that time.

Keep on cycling and take some photos of yourself; post with #ibikedecatur.

 

Senior Bike Ride, Friday September 13

Get back on your bike and ride with us!

senior bike rideActive Living staff will lead a ride on mostly level streets and the PATH. This is a no-drop ride and is geared towards those who are just getting back on their bicycles. All levels of cyclists are welcome. Bring your bike and water bottle.

The ride begins at 10 am at the Decatur Recreation Center.

Helmets are required for all city-led rides.

 

Family Bike Ride is Sunday, September 15

Join Decatur Active Living staff for our second Family Bike Ride on Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm.

This time we will begin at the Decatur Recreation Center and ride approximately two miles at a slow, child-friendly pace. Bring your water bottle and join in the fun! Helmets are required for all city-led rides.

Wheels down at 2 pm, so arrive early!

In the event of inclimate weather, check back here or on our Facebook page to see if the event is still on.