It’s Bike to Work Week!

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May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

May 16 – 20 is National Bike to Work Week. Try it out for a day or for all week and see how much fun you can have on your way to work.

Bike Commuter Energizer Station: On Friday, May 20 stop by the Decatur Recreation Center from 7 – 10 a.m. for our annual Bike Commuter Energizer Station. Not only will you get some treats from our friends at Good Measure Meals, but  you can meet the folks from  GA Commute Options and find out how you can get money for commuting without your car.

Third Friday Bike Ride: Then join Decatur Active Living as we continue our Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday evening, May 20 at 6:30 pm. This month we will ride 5-6 miles viewing public art since May is also Arts Month in Decatur.

For more information about Bike Month in Decatur, visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

 

 

It’s National Bike to School Day!

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Be on the lookout for lots of  little walkers and cyclists today!

Bike to School Day is Wednesday

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From the National Center for Safe Routes to School:

CHAPEL HILL (May 3, 2016) – If you see more young bicyclists on this road this week, it’s for a good reason. This Wednesday communities across the country will kick things into high gear for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day celebration. Students, teachers and families nationwide will bike and walk to school on May 4 to promote safer routes to school, healthier habits, and plain old fun. As of today, over 2,100 schools in 47 states have registered Bike to School Day events on walkbiketoschool.org. And the total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, National Bike Month.

“Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez. “That’s why we’re proud to support National Bike to School Day and we’re encouraging safe bicycling skills  – no matter the age of the rider.”

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Established in 2012, National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to celebrate bicycling to school each May. It is an energetic, kid-centric part of National Bike Month and builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, held each October. In 2015, over 2,600 schools and community organizations registered Bike to School Day events nationwide, an 18 percent increase from the previous year. For more information, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

 

Celebrate Bike Month in Decatur

May is National Bike Month! Decatur Celebrates with a Variety of Bicycling Opportunities!

decatur-bike-month-poster-2016-compEvery Saturday: Sam’s Freight Room Ride, 2pm, Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue for an easy 11 mile ride through Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Decatur. No drop ride.

May 4: Bike to School Day

May 10, 17, 24, 31:  Silver Spokes Program – Ride with Trikes.  See a preview May 18 at the Senior Picnic at Glenlake Park.

May 11:  Bike Registration at Decatur Farmer’s Market

May 14:  Active Adults Bike-to-Basics class

May 15:  Ride to Stone Mountain Park, 9 a.m.  Easy no-drop ride. Meet at Bicycle South, 2098 N Decatur Road. Refreshments at Bicycle South after the ride.

May 16-20: Bike to Work Week

May 20: Bike to Work Day Commuter Breakfast: Riders are invited to stop by Decatur Recreation Center between 7 and 10 a.m. for coffee and pastries on their way to work.

May 20:  Third Friday Decatur Fun Ride, 6:30 p.m. Meet at Decatur Recreation Center.  Followed by a visit to a local pub or restaurant for refreshments.

May 28 -29:  Bike Valet parking is offered at the Decatur Arts Festival. Sponsored by Bicycle South, the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur.

May 28: Bike Registration at the Decatur Arts Festival at the Bike Valet, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your bike to have it registered by the Decatur Police. Pick up some Bike Safety information.

Helmets are required for all City sponsored rides.

For more information visit www.decaturga.com/biking and our blog, www.beactivedecatur.com

and www.decaturbikes.com/articles/rides-and-events-pg37.htm  for more rides in Decatur.

“Rules of the Road” for Smart Cycling

Ashley_Poster-570Here are five Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists to prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. // // // //

Sharing the Trail…Be Courteous

 

Spring is here and everyone wants to be outside enjoying the trails and paths.

Decatur Third Friday Fun Ride Cancelled for Tonight

cycling-in-the-rainDue to the inclement weather, we are cancelling this month’s Third Friday Fun Ride. Join us in May for a plethora of activities for National Bike Month!

Visit us at http://www.decaturga.com/biking for more information.

 

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

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Bicycle Safety Video: Riding on the Sidewalk

Riding on the sidewalk may seem like a good idea, but it is not the safest way to arrive.

Be careful oout there!

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.

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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.