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.

 

It’s Bike to Work Week!

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May 14 – 18 is Bike to Work Week!  
Try biking to work this week. If it is too far, drive to a good location, then bike from there.

May 18:
Energizer Station

Join Decatur Active Living on Friday morning for our Bike to Work Day Energizer Station from 7 – 10 am in front of the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. We will have coffee, juice, fruit and pastries as well as Clif bars, bike safety information and giveaways.

Third Friday Bike Ride – join us on Friday evening, May 18, for this monthly 6 mile bike ride around Decatur. This is a no-drop ride and we ride at a social pace. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm. If it is raining, check our blog or Facebook page for updates. Helmets are required for all city sponsored rides.

May 20:
Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain

Join Bicycle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. The ride begins at Bicycle South at 9 am. This is a no-drop ride. Helmets are required.

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

Thank You Bruce for the New Bike Station!

Thanks to Bruce Hagen of Bike Law in downtown Decatur for donating a  new bike repair station to the City of Decatur! The station is located in front of Decatur High School gym alongside the new cycle track. This is the city’s 3rd bike station; one is located in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and the other in Harmony Park.

Bruce is an avid cyclist and partner in the law firm Hagen, Rosskopf and Earl, located on North McDonough. Thank you Bruce!!

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. 

ARRRRGust Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday!

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Join Decatur Active Living for the monthly Third Friday Bike Ride on August 18 at 6 pm. In August we will “ride like a pirate!” Costumes and/or props are encouraged. The first 20 riders to show up will receive a special pirate bandanna!

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to roll at 6 pm for this 5-6 mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment and fun.

This is a slow-paced social, no-drop ride. Riders should be familiar with how to use their gears and be able to ride up small hills. It’s Georgia and hard to avoid them!

Helmets are required to City sponsored rides. Lights are strongly encouraged.

For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or click here.

How to Lock Your Bike

The following information is from Momentum Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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Illustrator: Thomas James

A man sauntered into our neighborhood bike shop and examined the display of locks. He hefted the most impressive one, a massive, heavy chain, looked at the price tag and frowned. “I don’t know if I can afford it,” he said to the shop owner.

“Can you afford to have your bike stolen?” the owner replied.

This is, in a nutshell, the basic logic of bike security. Bikes are light and easily transported, convenient qualities not only for bike owners, but also for bike thieves. They’re also easily resold, infrequently tracked down by law enforcement, and too often perceived as an “assumed loss,” – many people simply expect to have their bicycle stolen at some point. As a result, bike theft is an absolutely massive – and growing – problem in many cities worldwide.

As the number of bicycles on our streets increase, so too do the number of people trying to make a quick buck off of their vulnerability. But your bicycle doesn’t have to be an assumed loss. By taking a few simple precautions and investing in a decent lock or two, you can basically ensure your precious ride will always be exactly where you left it.

Continue reading the article here.

And here is a good video for the school children on how to lock their bike at school.

Bicycle Safety Tips

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Biking to School: Let’s Ride Safely

Take a test ride to school this week to figure out the best route and remember to have fun while riding safely.

The video below is a great reminder of bike safety for adults as well as children.

Third Friday FUN Bike Ride is July 21

ibikeJoin Decatur Active Living for the monthly Third Friday Bike Ride this Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm. It is Parks and Recreation Month so our ride will take you by some of Decatur’s parks.

We ride approximately 6 miles and then visit a local watering hole for refreshments.

Meet at Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. Helmets and lights are required for City led rides.

For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or click here.

Trail Etiquette: Share the Trail

With more  people using the PATH it is a good time to review trail etiquette.Let’s make sure everyone has a good ride or walk. These tips are from the League of American Bicyclists……

Courtesy

  • Respect all trail users
  • Yield to slower users
  • Obey the rules of the trail

Announce when passing

  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them

Yield when entering and crossing

  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at trail intersections

Keep Right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing

Pass on Left

  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right

Be Predictable

  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass

Use Lights at Night

  • Most trial users will not have lights at night; use a white front and red rear light.

Do not block the trail

  • For group rides, use no more than half the trail
  • Stop and regroup completely off the trail