Basic Bike Check – the ABC’s

From the League of American Bicyclists:


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

Active Living Includes Teens Too!

October Bike to Work/School Challenge, and Momentum Magazine Calls for Stories from High School Cyclists

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In a bicycle friendly city like Decatur we love to see students biking all the time and this Fall there are two opportunities for TEENS to have a voice. 1) Share your story as Momentum Magazine offers and 2) be sure to enter the October Bike Challenge open to teens aged 13-18.  Just click School Challenge at  and while you are at it, invite mom & dad to bike to work and participate in the challenge too championed by the Clean Air Campaign.

Bike to Prom (pictured). If you’re a teenager who regularly bikes to school, it’s time to tell your story. There are lots of planners and engineers working to get more cyclists on our streets, but we really need to hear from some teenagers! What’s your story? Momentum Magazine has four categories that they’re curious about, pick one and share your story:

  1. Do you love biking to high school? What’s your story?

  2. Are you pretty much the only student who bikes to your high school? What’s your story?

  3. Are there lots of students who bike to your high school? What’s your story?

  4. Were there some real barriers you had to deal with before regularly biking to high school? What’s your story?

Traffic Skills 101 This Saturday at Decatur Recreation

lci_flyer_ts101_C&C Decatur RecTraffic Skills 101 will be offered again this Saturday from 10am until 4pm at the Decatur Recreation Center. Traffic Skills 101 gives cyclists the skills and confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. Through TS 101, students learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks and fix a flat plus on bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. The class is recommended for ages 14 and up. Register online at

Offered Three Times this Fall!

Saturday, August 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, September 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, October 5, 10 am – 4pm


Traffic Skills 101 This Weekend at Decatur Recreation Center

lci_flyer_ts101_C&C Decatur Rec

Time to sign up for Traffic Skills 101!

When: Saturday, August 24, 10 am – 4pm

Where:  Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street

Cost:  $50


Taught by League cycling Instructor Neil Walker. This class is recommended for ages 14 and over. Please bring a lunch, your bike and a helmet.

Programs for Active Adults This Fall

Greetings active blog readers, This is Tracie and I’ve joined the team to bring you more active programs, activities, and enrichment for adults. We are preparing our fall programs and surveying our residents to see what their interests are, so feel free to comment if you see something you like or have ideas for us!

Preview of ideas for the fall include:

  • Walk With a Doc: a weekly walk about town with an expert featuring, orthopedists, veterinarians, firefighters, EMTs, registered dieticians, ophthalmologists, master gardeners and more.
  • Simply Delicious Cooking Classes:  local chefs from our partners at the Wylde Center teach and prepare healthy meal ideas and revisit classic techniques like canning, freezing, fermented foods, and seasonal harvests. 
  • Activities for Red Hatters and Active Adults Social Club: hula hoops, Nutrition 101, healthy food demos, talks, open houses and more from our partners at Good Measure Meals, Team Decatur, Solarium, Dekalb Board of Health, American Federation of the Blind, and
  • Cycling Traffic Skills 101: designed to teach competence and confidence in city cycling (with LCIs from the League of American Bicyclists)

Daytime and evening programming for adults exists currently at the Decatur Recreation Center, so be sure to check online to see ALL that we currently offer. Examples are ballroom dancing, karate, fencing, aikido, table tennis, and zumba. And yes, this is me below, I bike to work daily and look forward to staying active with YOU!