Biking in Decatur

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

bfc logoThe City of Decatur is a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicycles announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities and the City of Decatur has been named 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.

To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly Community program, visit www.bikeleague.org/community.

 

NEW!  Get your newly designed I Bike Decatur t-shirt and show your support of biking in Decatur.

Shirts are  dri-fit and perfect for riding on those warmer days. Both men and women cuts are available. Find yours at Decatur Bikes, Bicycle South or the Decatur Visitors Center for only $20.

           

 

riders on Sycamore

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.

September Third Friday Fun Bike Ride!
September 16, 6:30 p.m.

Hop on your bike and ride on over to the Decatur Recreation Center on Friday, July 15th for the Third Friday FUN Bike Ride! We begin in front of the center at 6:30 pm and ride approximately 6 miles through scenic Decatur neighborhoods. Check on our Facebook page or on beactivedecatur.com in case of stormy weather.

After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments and social time.

Helmets and lights are required. We want to "Be Safe and Be Seen!"

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

 

Silver Spokes Bicycling Program - Join us in the Fall

Silver Spokes is a "pilot" senior bicycling program using adult tricycles that help cyclists maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges. Participants are asked to reserve a tricycle and ride weekly with an instructor on the PATH that goes through Decatur. Rides will be short, and participants will revisit the rules of cycling. Those with their own bikes can attend for free and ride along with the group. You are encouraged to bring a friend! Held at Ebster Recreation Center.

Tricycle rentals are limited to three per class, and a limit of 6 "friends" may participate. 

You must register online to reserve a tricycle. For more information click here or contact Tracie Sanchez 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.

 

 

 

 

Decatur Bicycle Suitability Map

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The City of Decatur worked in partnership with Bike Decatur to create a bicycle suitability map. The map identifies roadways using three bicycle difficulty rankings with the intention of assisting cyclists in choosing suitable routes to desired destinations. The map features a main city map along with a downtown inset. The intention is to help cyclists of all levels bicycle to school, work, errands and recreation activities.

 

Maps are available at Decatur Active Living, the Decatur Visitors Center, Decatur Bikes and Bicycle South, and at many other businesses in Decatur. You can also download a copy here.

Special thanks to Jeff McMichael for creating this map and the many bicyclists who participated in its development.

                                                  

Links:
Bike DeKalb
Decatur Ten Mile Fun Ride

Decatur Ten Mile Cue Sheet
Bike Decatur Google Group
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

Helpful Resources:
Clean Air Campaign    
CCTMA    
Atlanta Bicycle Campaign    
Atlanta Regional Commission 
Bike Emory 
Southern Bicycle League Ride Calendar

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