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Macon Connects, with a pop-up bike lane network

Macon, Ga

This past weekend, Macon installed the world’s largest temporary bike lane network.  (Update: the Mayor is keeping the bike lanes up for the whole week!).  Volunteers worked tirelessly for a week to create 6 miles of new bike lanes, and a few more miles of shared street (with sharrows) to tie everything together.  For background, check out this short video from GPB: so cool!

With the world’s largest pop-up bike lane network only a short drive away, we had to visit.  Here are our pictures (click on the photos twice to see them full size).  For more information on the Macon Connects project, click here

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Sept. 30th Group Ride: Autumn Fallin’ Promenade

Athens, Ga

Cooler weather is right around the corner (we hope) here!!! So, we’ll take a little promenade around Bishop Park and Normaltown.  Join us, Friday September 30 for 5.81 scenic miles of social riding.  As always, we’ll gather at City Hall.  Roll out @ 6:00PM.

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August Group Ride: Shady Grove

Aug. 26: Let’s search for some shade!

As fall approaches, the shadows lengthen. And we are on the look out for all the shady backstreets. Join us August 26th for a fun, shady & cool, 5 mile leisure cruise through Athens.  As always, we’ll start at City Hall @ 6:00pm before looping back around to Little Kings for post-ride refreshement.

BikeAthens Group Rides are leisurely, law-abiding group bicycle rides around Athens. The purpose of the rides is to provide a safe, enjoyable atmosphere for all ages and skill levels to ride bicycles, and to demonstrate that bicycles—vehicles under state law—belong on our public streets and roadways. Plus, they are a lot of fun!

Aug. 2016 Group Ride Route Map

“Oh peaches in the summertime…”

 

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2nd Annual Quarry Ride & Camp-Out

UPDATE: Registration is now closed

May 21-22: We couldn’t wait until August to head back to our favorite swimming hole; so in continuing celebration of National Bike Month, we are hosting our 2nd Annual Quarry Ride & Camp-out!  If you ride with us from the Bike Recycling Program Shop, it’s a beautiful 35 mile ride through Watson Mill State Park, ultimately ending at a private quarry with a campground, swimming, grills/campfires, and canoeing. The quarry is located outside of Comer, Ga. and features a gorgeous swimming hole, full-service camp kitchen (with running water, covered dinning area, working stove, fridge, electric outlets, and plenty of camping spots).   Just look at the pictures from last year!

Interested? Ok, here are the details. In many ways, this is a DIY event–we’ll be leading an informal ride that will roll-out from BRP at 10:00am.  The route is unmarked and there are no SAG stops, but we’ll probably stop for a snack break along the way (we’ll post a turn by turn queue sheet soon).  Some folks who have work obligations may announce a second wave that will ride up later in the day.  If you want to go full bike-tourer, we encourage you to take this opportunity to load up your bike and kick-off the summer bike-camp season in style.  However, if you bring your camping gear to BRP, we’ve arranged transportation, and we’ll gladly ferry your gear up and back.  Sack lunch will be provided for all riders.

35 Miles too far, or maybe you don’t think you can convince the whole family to ride?  No worries! If you and the family want to drive-up, cool!  The quarry has plenty of car-parking! If you want to create your own route and meet us at the quarry, awesome!

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BikeAthens / Athens 2016 Twilight: Party on the Backstretch!

Twilight New Location

For the 3rd year in a row, BikeAthens will be at Athens Twilight to raise money for BikeAthens and the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity! This Saturday, May 7th, we’ll be perched at the top of Hancock, with views of the racers whipping around Turn 2 and flying down the backstretch toward Turn 3.  Our cafe area will be full of food and drink from 5:00PM until the end of the final Pro Race!

This year, in honor of Twilight shifting to National Bike Month, early bird tickets will be just $5! (plus tax) Seriously.  So grab your tickets and get ready for a night of racing under the stars!   Thanks, and see you on the 7th!  (If buying multiple tickets, in the “special instructions to the seller:” please give us the names of the other people in your party, so we can add everyone to the VIP list).  UPDATE: Early-bird sales are now closed.  Of course, you can still purchase entry wristbands at the door! We’ll be set up by 5:00pm, just in time for the start of the MTB races!

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Twilight Cafe Area Volunteers Needed!

Yep, that’s right! BikeAthens will be back at Twilight, hosting a Cafe Area for the 3rd time!  We’ll be watching the races from 5:00PM till the end of the Men’s Race.  It’s going to be epic, as always.

To organize such a fun event, we will need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to work “back of house” selling drink and food, and we will need a few folks at the door to handle tickets and wristbands.  Once your shift is over, all volunteers are welcome to stay and watch the race!

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
Moving!!!! May to Early June N/A 11

 

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Kids Bike Safety Rodeo!

April 2, 2016 UGA Veterinary Medical Center Parking Lot

10:00am-2:00pm

This Saturday, we are once again teaming with Safe Kids Athens to host a kids bike safety rodeo, as part of their Safety Day events at the UGA Vet School. The kids bike rodeo will provide elementary school kids a safe (and fun) space to practice essential on-bike skills, such as avoiding obstacles, signaling turns, and stopping on a dime.  BikeAthens and Safe Kids Athens will also provide helmet fit checks and basic bike checks.  For more information, check out the flyer!

This Saturday!!!

This Saturday!!!

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Become a BikeAthens Ride Leader!

BikeAthens has been hosting our popular monthly group rides since…forever? It sometimes seems that way– we’ve been hosting fun, safe, and comfortable social rides since at least 2004.  Now, we are offering y’all a chance to add to the BikeAthens Monthly Group Ride legacy!  This year, we are looking for about 12 folks to be our official “Ride Leaders.”

More specifically, we are looking for friendly, personable ambassadors to interact with people new to the ride, be a resource to answer questions about riding Athens streets, and model safe on-bike behavior. As the year progresses, Ride Leaders may create and share their favorite routes. All Ride Leaders will receive the one-of-kind BikeAthens Ride Leader t-shirt to wear on the rides (and wherever else you’d like). We have 9 rides scheduled for the year (though there may be a few more added). Ride Leaders are not required to attend every ride, (of course, the more the merrier)! If you’re interested, send an email to executivedirector [at] bikeathens [dot] com!

#RideBright

#RideBright

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2016 Monthly Group Ride Schedule!

Look here for background on our Monthly Group Rides; we’ll be using this page to post all the route maps.  All rides leave City Hall at 6:00PM!

March 25

First up, a beautiful route that winds through campus, riding past Sanford Stadium before heading south to skirt the Intramural Fields, then returning via 5-Points and the Cobbham Neighborhood.  A classic tour of the Classic City!

One of our favorite routes through campus!

One of our favorite routes through campus!

April 29

We have a special program for April: this ride will be lead by long-time greenway advocates John Devine and Dick Field. Additionally, the April 29 ride will highlight the Athens Greenway with a tour and 2-3 stops to share plans for future projects. For this unique twist on our classic ride, we will gather at the UGA Arch and launch the ride there starting at 6PM.
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May 27

We’ve been busy with bike rodeos and proms and twilight, and quarry rides, but of course we are still having Group Ride in May!  Friday, May 27th, we’ll embark on the “Healthy Loop” as we circle the two of the medical campuses (campii? ;-). As usual, we’ll start at City Hall at 6:00pm.  Here’s the route:

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June 24

The the first group ride of summer, we’ve crafted a very cool route–one we haven’t done in years! This Friday–June 24–we are circumnavigating Lake Herrick! Ok, not literally, but we are going to visit!  This route is a little longer than usual, and it is summer, so be sure to bring plenty of water.  As always, we’ll meet at City Hall and ride at 6:00PM!

June Lake Ride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 29

Light Up the Night!

Light up the night!

Light up the night!

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August 26

September 30

October 28 (date may change to coordinate with Wild Rumpus)

November 25

December 1 or 8

(ACC Parade of Lights Holiday Parade)

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BRP’s Thursday Night DIY Hours

THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE FOR WORKING ON YOUR BIKE!

Do you have an older bike you want to fix up, but don’t have the tools or the space?

Did you buy a bike on Craigslist that needs a tune up?

Do you need to grease your bearings, but can’t do it in your apartment?

Do you need to adjust your derailleurs, but don’t have a stand to hold the bike up?

Did you buy handlebar grips online, but aren’t sure how to swap out the old ones?

Our regular hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday are when volunteers help fix bikes that we donate to individuals in need of free transportation options.  Starting February 11th, THURSDAY NIGHTS are for working on YOUR bike in our shop.

We will have someone on hand to help you get set-up in a rack with the tools you need and let you fix your bike.  We won’t fix it for you, but we will be there with advice, support and repair manuals if you need it.

We can’t guarantee that we can solve all of your problems, but we can give you the space to work them out.

WHEN: THURSDAYS 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

HOW MUCH: A $10 per hour donation is suggested to BRP

Your donations will help fund the Bike Recycling Program to ensure that everyone has access to affordable transportation options.

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