Monday, June 30, 2014

Dunwoody Cycle Chic

IMG_6755 IMG_6757 alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet decorated this proper Dutch bike for Neiman Marcus and Target. Beyond the trails of Liane Levetan Park, she wears a helmet (and heart rate monitor!) to ride in Mount Vernon for Dunwoody Village shopping errands and reports the sort of courtesy from motorists called the Mary Poppins effect. Thursday evenings the food trucks migrate northward, beer flows and music plays to a lively scene. It was encouraging to see so many families biking to that park. Joe Seconder of Bike Walk Dunwoody invited me to meet some of them and lend a lens to the advocacy. Next on his agenda is a Human-Powered Independence Day Parade Entry. Beat the heat with an 8am start from All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Heels On Wheels: Go West!

IMG_7683 IMG_0318 IMG_0330 IMG_7692 What fun it was to look back on three years of Heels on Wheels. The ride returns to its Woodruff Park starting roots at 10am Saturday for an exploration of the West End. Susan Roe has planned a route that will pause at the Wren's Nest and Westview Cemetery before concluding with lunch at Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hill. If you haven't seen Mathilde Piard in a while, this might be good time to say thanks for all she has done and wish her well in Washington, DC. She will be missed, but we are getting a better National Public Radio with Mathilde as their new product manager for social and podcasts. RSVP via facebook.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

East Meets West: Atlanta BeltLine Annual Bicycle Tour

IMG_6275 IMG_6292 IMG_6279 IMG_6277 IMG_6300 IMG_6310 IMG_4942 What a Saturday! With the Atlanta 'Zine Fest and Tunes From The Tombs filling the afternoon, there was just enough of my morning to join the West End tour riders as far as The BeltLine Bike Shop.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Of Bike + Style And A New Blog

IMG_6781 This portrait of a good friend to Atlanta Street Fashion now graces pages 38 and 39 of the July|August Momentum Magazine. Once again it is my pleasure to share with the larger cycling community what we are doing in Georgia.
Blogger Jess Smith of Lady Flashback lent Atlanta Bicycle Chic a strong start when her posting was blogrolled by Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Now she has joined forces with Editor Sarah Lawrence of Paste Magazine to produce I SPY ATL. Their exploration of the Atlanta zeitgeist offers both a listening ear and gives voice to the neighborhoods and neighbors that make our city a vibrant home.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tour du Soliel

IMG_6083 IMG_6108 green roof atop the Southface LEED Platinum office building IMG_6170 Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Lab at Georgia Tech IMG_6201 sunset over Georgia Power gear and O4W Skatepark, where solar panels offset half its energy costs IMG_6112 At the close of 2012, Georgia Power had 11 megawatts of installed solar capacity. That figure is projected to become 880 MW in 2016. Celebrating this growth and our abundant sunshine, the Southern Alliance For Clean Energy organized for the Atlanta Cycling Festival a Bike Tour For Solar (a.k.a. Tour du Soliel).

Monday, June 9, 2014

In The West End: Park Pride Community Garden Tour

IMG_6048 IMG_5996 exploring Good Shepherd Argo Ecology Center IMG_5991 A billy goat greets visitors to The Metropolitan. IMG_6018 our musical welcome to The Outdoor Activity Center IMG_5997 More scenes from Saturday's ride are here on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gran Fondo Italia

IMG_5643 Angela della Constanza Turner, Italian Honorary Consul General and Matteo Gerevini, CEO of Gran Fondo Italia IMG_5630 Roswell Mayor Jere Wood will wear number 1. IMG_5609 100 lire challenge IMG_9421 This arrangement of Italian colors was seen at the High Museum for Art In Bloom.
A tradition one hundred years in the making, gran fondo rides are spirited parties celebrating all things Italian: art, culture, design, food and, yes, bicycling. Thank the Southern Bicycle League and the city of Roswell for bringing Gran Fondo Italia Atlanta–Roswell to Georgia October 18-19. Saturday offers cultural immersion, an opportunity to sample Italian delights and get psyched for Sunday's exertions. Times will be recorded so riders may push themeselves or challenge the fields in distances of 30, 62 and 105 miles. Four miles of the long route are a timed interval ascending Burnt Mountain. Bob Dallas of the SBL extended a personal challenge to Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, a 100 lire coin for completing the climb. The view alone is priceless and the descent a thrilling turn homeward to the grand finale in Roswell.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Of Bicycles And Airstream Trailers, Part II

IMG_5146 IMG_5089 IMG_5142 IMG_5068 IMG_5185 IMG_5182 IMG_5177 I knew about multi-hull sailors pulling waterskiers, but a cyclist towing an camping trailer was yesterday's trivia surprise. Who knows what sort of lore lies at the nexus of city cycling and street fashion? Today's promised cloudy skies offer shelter from the sun, no matter your outdoor activity, and the Small Room Collective offers yet another reason to visit Decatur. Look for their vintage Airstream trailer next to Victory Sandwich Shop on Church Street.
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