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Bicycle Friendly Community, Register Your Bicycle, Monthly Bike Rides, Classes, National Bike Month, Decatur Bicycle Suitability Map, 10 Reasons to Bike in Decatur, Georgia Rides to the Capitol, Helpful Links, Resources
The 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.
Southern Bicycle Magazine
Check out the June Issue of the SBL's monthly magazine. There is an article on page 26 about Decatur's activities during Bike Month in May. Be sure to read the many articles about bicycling and find out what is going on around the area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. This is a free service for Decatur residents.
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!
More Opportunities to "Bike With Mike"
Join Mike for a casual "meet-up" to learn more about group riding. Check out his Meet-up page here.
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.
July 12: Join Mike for an Intro to Group Riding session on Saturday July 12 at 1:30pm. Meet at Glennwood Elementary parking lot for instruction followed by a five mile ride to practice your new skills. More information is here.
July 18: Join Decatur Active Living for our new Third Friday Bike Ride. A social five mile ride around Decatur. This month we will explore the Oakhurst portion of Decatur then stop off near the Square for refreshments after the ride. All levels are welcome. Helmets are required. Follow us on the SBL Meet-up page.
Ready to ride on the Third Friday? Meet at the Church Street MARTA Station at 6:30 pm. No ride if raining.
Bicycle South Ride to Stone Mountain is May 15th. Meet at Bicycle South at 9 am for this no-drop all levels ride. Helmets are required.
Check out the photos from Bike Month below and on our Facebook page.
Wendy and Art Stopping by the Energizer Station at Decatur Recreation on Bike to Work Day
Oakhurst Elementary on Bike to School Day
Rebecca Serna from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition joined us at our Energizer Station and is seen showing off our new I Bike Decatur shirts which are available at the Decatur Visitor's Center and at Decatur Bikes on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
You know you want one!
Decatur Bicycle Suitability Map is Here!!
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 as well as to Bike Decatur and the many bicyclists who participated in its development.
Bicycling is an important mode of transportation in the City of Decatur. The City's topography, land use, compact urban core, small town feel and climate help to make Decatur an ideal place to bicycle. As a mode of transportation, bicycling is an option for people of all ages and socioeconomic groups. Similar to the automobile it permits flexibility and independence relative to schedule and destination.
Decatur is a community with many destinations - stores, restaurants, parks, schools and more. Whether you are going shopping, paying a water bill, mailing a letter, going to class, heading to worship or borrowing a book from the library, you can ride your bike! You can also put your bike on MARTA buses and trains to extend your ride around the greater Metro Atlanta area.
In addition to bicycling as a mode of transportation, recreational bicycling is popular in Decatur. Many group rides take place within the incorporated 4.2 miles of the City. A very popular shared-use path traverses Decatur, linking downtown Atlanta to Stone Mountain Park and promoting regional bicycling activities. A new bike path, installed in late 2010 runs down West Trinity Place to Ponce de Leon Avenue extending the lane to the western boundary of the City.
Top 10 Reasons to Bike in Decatur:
10. Improves your cardiovascular fitness and extends your life.
9. Burns no imported oil
8. Allows you a great choice for the 40% of trips we take that are less than two miles
7. You get more exercise in less time
6. Interacts great with MARTA - trains and buses are bicycle friendly
5. More opportunity for social interaction with friends and neighbors
4. Keeps dangerous chemicals out of the air
3. Saves money on expensive car repairs and fuel
2. Helps you lose weight or maintain weight loss
And the #1 reason to Bike in Decatur:
It's the most fun you can have on the road!!
Georgia Rides to the Capitol
Georgia Rides to the Capitol 2014 was held on Tuesday, March 18.
Hundreds of bicyclists braved the cold weather to participate in the Ninth Annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol event in order to raise support for improved conditions for cycling, including the development of regional systems of both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use-trails.
The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA), Georgia Bikes!, and other event sponsors hosted over 500 cyclists from the metro Atlanta region. Rides departed from Decatur and Roswell and were led respectively by Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood as well as other mayors and public officials from the region.
Decatur riders met at the East Lake MARTA station and included elected officials, city employees from Active Living, Decatur Police and the Fire Department as well as 100s of community members.
MAMA also wants to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling as an important form of transportation; a beneficial economic development and tourism tool; an excellent way to maintain health and fitness; and a great sport and family activity.
Zack Ray from Planning and Firefighter Nesmith are Ready to Ride
View more Georgia Rides to the Capitol photos at the Active Living Facebook page.
Decatur Ten Mile Fun Ride
Bicycle Suitability Map 2012
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
Clean Air Campaign
Atlanta Bicycle Campaign
Atlanta Regional Commission
Southern Bicycle League Ride Calendar