Biking in Decatur

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Bicycle Friendly Community, Register Your Bicycle,  Monthly Bike Rides
Helpful Links, Resources

 

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 The City of Decatur is a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicycles has named the City of Decatur a Bronze Level BFC! Decatur continues to make infrastructure and programming improvements to increase the safety as well as the prevalence of bicycling. With the addition of bike lanes and sharrows, bike valet parking at major events, bike safety training and more, the city has seen a large increase in the number of cyclists over the past years.

 

 

Third Friday Bike Rides will resume in March, 2019

   

NEW! Smart Cycling 101
Session 1: February 23, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Session 2: March 2, 9:30 am  - 1:30 pm
Instructor: Nedra Deadwyler

Georgia Bikes is hosting a two part bicycle safety class, Smart Cycling 101, with material designed by the league of American Bicycles. The Smart Cycling curriculum is designed to develop a bike rider's confidence and competence. The content addresses choosing a bicycle, parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride a bike in various traffic conditions, terrains, and climates. To register, email education@georgiabikes.org. Bring a check made out to Georgia Bikes to the first class.

 

NEW! Senior Bike Rides
Friday, April 26, 10 am and Friday, May 24, 10 am

Let's get back on those bikes and ride! Join Decatur Active Living staff for our first senior bike rides of the year. We will ride on mostly level roads and the PATH. This no-drop ride is geared toward those just getting back on their bicycles. All levels of cyclists are welcomed and no one will be left behind. Bringyour bike and water bottle and be sure to wear a helmet. The ride begins at the Decatur Recreation Center.

  

Extreme Makeover: Decatur Edition

Find out the latest about road closures and detours as the City of Decatur works to make our streets and downtown are safer for everyone. Click here to find out about detours and more.

 

PATH Master Plan

The City Commission has adopted the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan. The plan identifies 9.2 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trail improvements in 7 segments at a cost of approximately $12 million over a 10-year period. When implemented, it will provide a safe network of protected bike lanes throughout Decatur and beyond, including connections to important regional destinations such at the Atlanta BeltLine and Emory University.

The plan recommends the Commerce Drive Cycle Track as the first segment for implementation. This will provide a connection with two city-approved bicycle and pedestrian improvements, the North McDonough Streetscape Improvements (under construction) and the Church Street Cycle Track (planned for late 2017).

The plan was prepared by the PATH Foundation, its consultant, the Kaizen Collaborative, and a steering committee of Decatur residents and city staff.

Read the PATH Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Master Plan here.
            

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Register Your Bike!
Registering your bicycle with the Decatur Police Department will help it to be identified and returned in the event of loss or theft. Contact Jennifer.Ross@decaturga.com to make an appointment. This is a free service for Decatur residents. Check our blog BeActiveDecatur.com regularly for announcements on the next Registration Event.

Monthly Bike Rides
The Southern Bicycle League provides a great list of rides around the metro area. Thanks to them for such a great calendar of events!

Join Sam's Freight Room Ride every Saturday at 2 pm. Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue, across from the Old Depot. All levels are welcome for this no-drop ride.

Silver Spokes Bicycling Program

Silver Spokes is a senior bicycling program using adult tricycles that help cyclists maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges. Held at Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive

Silver Spokes meets Thursdays in April and May. These sessions will cover the basics and get you comfortable riding again! $20 for 4 weeks or $5 per class.

You must register for the  month online to reserve a tricycle and space in the class. For more information click here or contact Sara Holmes at 678-553-6559.

 

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  Cycling in the City! Get the Scoop......

 

For information on cycling in Decatur, click here to view our latest Tourism Brochure. Pick up   a hard copy at the Decatur Visitors Center or at Decatur Recreation Center. Learn about fun places to bike, where to stop for refreshments and other fun things to do in the City.

Check out the link at Bike DeKalb for routes in and around the City of Decatur. Come for a day, a weekend or longer and enjoy cycling around the county. Click here for more information and routes with maps.

 

 

 

 

                                                 

Links:
Decatur Bike Suitability Map
Bike DeKalb
Decatur Ten Mile Fun Ride

Decatur Ten Mile Cue Sheet
Ride the City: Plan your safe route
23 Mile Ride Decatur to Stone Mountain Loop
Southeastern Cycling: Georgia Road and Trail Maps
Bike Basics Brochure from AAA
Share the Road Flyer
Healthy Cycling: A Beginner's Guide

Helpful Resources:
Clean Air Campaign  
Georgia Bikes  
CCTMA    
Atlanta Bicycle Campaign    
Atlanta Regional Commission 
Bike Emory 
Southern Bicycle League Ride Calendar
Office of Highway Safety Bicycling Safety Information

 

 

 

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