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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Roll Model: Nedra Deadwyler

IMG_9357 IMG_9187 Kirkwood resident Nedra Deadwyler tellingly names June 7 of this year as the birthday of her company, Civil Bikes. It was a day of pop up shopping along Auburn and Edgewood Avenues to celebrate the Atlanta Streetcar route. Like those rails linking Centennial Olympic Park and its Center For Civil and Human Rights to the MLK National Historic Site, her vision is transformational. "My goal is preserving history through tours. It's a passion that pulls many things that I love together. Riding my bike puts me in a good mood automatically, keeps my body healthy and builds relationships with people."

With help from Neil Walker of Cycles & Change, Deadwyler obtained funding for sixty-eight Raleigh Talus mountain bicycles. She then distributed half of that bounty among youth programs in metro Atlanta. The remainder became her business fleet, either for rent or guided tours. "Right now it's Old Fourth Ward and downtown, concentrating on civil rights."

Other days find her studying historic preservation at Georgia State University. "I like to ride downtown on Peachtree Street. Motorists are mindful and don't go that fast. More people are riding and acknowledging one another. A stranger called to me, 'Have a nice ride!' I ring my bell all the time and people ring back." Civil behaviors, indeed.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Seersucker Social Saturday

IMG_5301 IMG_5123 IMG_5187 IMG_6425 IMG_5240 IMG_5148 IMG_6391 IMG_6428 Four years of Seersucker Social rides give us this retrospective in anticipation of tomorrow's ride. Following a noon gathering at The Spindle (PATH at Boulevard facing John Wesley Dobbs), cyclists will embark upon an afternoon city tour that concludes with a picnic at Oakland Cemetery. RSVP via facebook and see you there!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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