Thursday, June 25, 2015

Everyday Riding In Piedmont Park

IMG_7720 IMG_7705 Clothes lend a sense of occasion to their turn around Piedmont Park.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#‎EverydayBiking‬ Count Thursday

IMG_5146 IMG_2237 IMG_5139 IMG_5089 See and be seen this Thursday afternoon in Piedmont Park, when
Heels On Wheels takes to the streets once again. More than good fun, this ride should raise Atlanta's profile in the national People For Bikes #EverydayBiking challenge. Riders will gather at 4:30 by the park gate where Charles Allen Drive meets Tenth Street. After a turn or two through the cycle track, they will follow the BeltLine and PATH to
Little Five Points for refreshments at The Porter. Rsvp on facebook.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Atlanta Cycling Festival: Act I

IMG_7716 IMG_7683 Cruising for three years on a small sailboat tests ones ingenuity and perseverance. The Bicycle Wrap Skirt from Feather and Fin is the fruit of such experience. A row of hidden snaps on the hem prevent fly-up and two removable straps keep it clear of the wheel. This elegant cycling solution is made from a comfy blend of linen and cotton, features one deep pocket and a clever envelope pouch on the waist just right for a telephone. Now fully funded by Kickstarter, the first production should be realized in August. Reserve yours here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pints For Parks This Tuesday

IMG_5545 IMG_7412 Sometimes called a city's lungs, parks relieve urban tensions with recreation, reflection and resplendent natural beauty. How compelling would this image of Midtown be without the tree canopy of Piedmont Park? This Tuesday, show some love for Atlanta's green spaces by attending Pints For Parks. This annual fundraiser benefits the Park Pride Volunteer Program, which annually coordinates some 17,000 hours of service among our parks. You have already seen the fruits this good work, so come to Orpheus Brewing for the party. Tickets are only $30 and get you a tour of the microbrewery, tastings and tasty bites from Craft Izakaya, Fred's Meat & Bread, H. Harper Station, Rathbun's and Yalla. The fun begins at 6 pm, but this being the week of Atlanta Cycling Festival, there will be a group ride to Orpheus leaving from Woodruff Park at 5:45. See you there!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Confident City Cycling Tomorrow

IMG_6628 IMG_7360 It's been said, you never forget how to ride a bike. I remember an idyllic childhood day, new wheels and a helpful neighbor boy letting go for my solo across the lawn. Cut to the streets of contemporary Atlanta. Daunting, yes, but you are not alone. Tomorrow morning Central Atlanta Progress addresses these issues in a Confident City Cycling Class. Say the organizers, "This compact yet comprehensive class gives you the confidence to commute to Downtown safely. There will be a brief in-classroom portion, an on-bike skills section, and a road-ride. Come learn more about crash avoidance, lane positioning, and bicycle maintenance! A bicycle and helmet are required for this class." Please follow this link to register.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Community Garden Tour This Saturday

IMG_3268 IMG_7371 What do Love is Love Farm, East Lake Community Learning Garden, Gilliam Park Community Garden and Edgewood Community Learning Garden have in common? They are Saturday afternoon's itinerary for Park Pride's tour of these urban micro farms. Like last year in West End, there are bus and bicycle options with much to enjoy for all. Please follow this link to register. See you there!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Roll Model: Becky Katz

IMG_6663 IMG_7235 I wasn’t a bicyclist until I moved to Atlanta. For most people, this comes as a surprise. Atlanta? By bike? Really? When I moved to Atlanta three years ago, I didn’t own a car. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t know anyone. It was just me, my partner and my bicycle. In my solitude, my bike grew to be my closest friend while we explored our new city.

In 2012, I started working at Park Pride and noticed that the organization did not have a strong relationship to the bicycle community. At the same time I realized that bicycles didn’t serve just a single purpose. My bike was more than a way of getting to the office. It was a way to connect, a way to surprise people, a way to be social. It could be exercise, a style, a way of in-town living, and a tool for advocacy.

I have been lucky to work in parks and greenspace around the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County, and to incorporate bicycling into my work. Riding has helped me build stronger relationships with park advocates and other stakeholders. It has also helped me lead by example. I led my co-workers at Park Pride to a first place win of the Bike to Work Challenge in 2014, and used biking to bring a new twist to events such as Park Pride’s Community Garden Tour and Pints for Parks (June 16th, and part of the Atlanta Cycling Festival). Biking even helped me raise money and awareness about my neighborhood, Adair Park, through Tour De SWAT.

My bicycle, a blue Cannondale Cad 3, has been a gift for my personal and professional development. Unfortunately, in early February my bike and I were hit from behind by a car going 40 mph. Thanks to my helmet, my injuries were not as severe as they could have been, but my bike was left beyond repair. The accident has only solidified my commitment to making bicycling a part of more people’s lives. I have been able to connect with other victims of cycling accidents and work more closely with law enforcement on improving their response to accidents involving cyclists. Despite the physical and emotional pain, the support and love I have received from friends, family, and the bicycle community have helped my recovery.

Currently, I’m searching for my next bicycle soulmate. And I can’t wait to be back in the saddle.

Becky Katz
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