Thursday, October 16, 2014

At Casa Poventud: Ciderfest

IMG_0194 Just the print to wear to Ciderfest! IMG_0173 This being Atlanta, pedal power turned the mill. IMG_0186 Pressing cider from apples requires crowd sourced muscle. IMG_0189 IMG_0174 People continue to post memories to the Ciderfest facebook page.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Roll Model: Aubrey Hake

IMG_0060 IMG_7566 It’s no secret that the Atlanta bike scene is on the rise, if not flourishing in its own right. As a recent Colorado transplant, this is a familiar taste of home. I molded my way of life around riding a town bike (Fort Collins is quite flat); my style of dress, the places I shopped, almost everything I needed I accessed on my bike.

I must admit I haven’t biked much since my arrival. Differences in weather (rain, heat, humidity, oh my!) and my single speed cruiser restrict my travel comfort and distance (and the hills! Respect to the Atlanta riders!). Limited to running errands on the BeltLine and jaunts through Piedmont Park, I am slowly finding ways to venture out. The Atlanta Streets Alive last Sunday provided another exploration opportunity and how exciting to see the turn out, the events and activities!

It is inspiring to see so many dedicated individuals that passionately pedal the way for more to have safer conditions and the comfort and comraderie of other cyclists. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is the first organization I sought out upon my arrival in town and a valuable resource and inspiration as a new urban rider.

The Atlanta Bicycle Challenge motivated me to attempt a ride to work via the BeltLine and Piedmont Park. After running out of bike lane and safe path, I walked the last few blocks. In the meantime I’ll keep this up, but it is definitely time to get a commuter bike!

As the Phoenix represents the City of Atlanta, I believe it also represents the spirit of the biking community. The riders here have found a way, through the chaotic traffic, hills, weather, and road conditions, to do what brings joy and freedom from a car-centric society. I have found inspiration in each individual I meet to keep trying every day to make one more adjustment (fix that chain, tighten those handlebars, get some rain gear). They prove it can be done, and they are enriching the community with every pedal.

Aubrey Hake

Friday, October 3, 2014

At The Seersucker Social: Act VI

IMG_8960 IMG_9396 My thoughts turn this soggy Friday morning to a balmy afternoon of one month ago, when a merry band of cyclists paused for King Of Pops. Take heart: our weekend forecast is cool, dry and sunny: an ideal climate for the Terminus 5C and Sunday In The Park.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At Octane: fashion / flora // sown / style

IMG_0682 kwan fashion flora sown style Curated by blogger Elizabeth Chai of Sunday's Best Vintage, fashion / flora // sown / style opens Friday night at The Jane in Grant Park. Floral paintings by Christina Kwan of tide & bloom are paired with street fashion portraits from this blog to enliven the hallway walls outside of Octane and The Little Tart. 437 Memorial Drive | 7-11pm

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Save The Date: October 4

IMG_9513 IMG_9511 IMG_9507 IMG_9491 By sundown Saturday, one savvy, sociable and strong cyclist will sit astride this Globe city bike that SOPO has given to be Grand Prize in the 2014 Terminus 5C. No lesser soul would prevail in a such a gauntlet of five secret way points, each providing an unique challenge. Play is for points, so bring a friend or two and take your time. Free beer and a raft of runner-up prizes await those who can find their ways to the finish. Please follow this link to register. As ever, the T5C raises funds for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, so everyone gains both fond memories and a more bike-friendly city.

Friday, September 26, 2014

At The Seersucker Social: Act V

IMG_8985 IMG_9367 Oakland Cemetery provided the setting for both images. Its gardens, architecture and history are ever an inspiration. Tomorrow the ladies of Heels On Wheels have chosen that Victorian park for their ride's destination. Say the organizers, "This ride is a no spandex ride - and yes, some of us really do wear our heels." If you fancy such company, meet them in Woodruff Park at 9:45am. More information and rsvp may be found on facebook.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Atlanta Bike Challenge September 28 - October 19

IMG_7758 ltr-facebook-memes_17 Exciting days await Atlanta cyclists, starting this weekend with Streets Alive in Virginia-Highland. Please click on the graphic for a calendar of events to be hosted by Midtown Alliance, check out my bit part in the Atlanta Bike Challenge Video and follow this link to see more ways you and your colleagues can make our city more bike-friendly in just ten minutes.
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