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MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunity

MLK Day 2015

Join us for another MLK Day of Service

It’s that time of year again–time to take a Day On! In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program will be hosting volunteers this coming Monday from 10:00am–1:00pm! Join us as we re-organize after the Holiday Bikes 4 Kids Drive!! RSVPs appreciated, but not required: just drop us a line at

(Note: while we are not one of the 6 “official” Athens MLK projects sites, all volunteers are still invited to the MLK Day of Service breakfast, 9:00am at Thomas Lay Park. Free t-shirts for the first 300 volunteers)

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10.31 Spokey, Scary Halloween Costume Ride

Inside the Rumpus

A View from Inside the Parade

Let the Wild Rumpus Roll!!!

For the second year, we’ll be “riding” in the Wild Rumpus Parade!!  7:30PM on Halloween–Friday, the 31st, the spokiest day of the year–we’re having a costume ride that will end in time to join the Wild Rumpus!!  While we rode in the parade last year, the terrain and crowds meant we spent a lot of time walking our bikes; as a result, we may decide to lock our bikes and simply walk in the parade, for a multi-modal Halloween!

As usual, we’ll start from City Hall (7:30PM), then loop through well-lit neighborhoods before finishing at the Wild Rumpus staging area. An easy 5.24 miles in total.  It will be getting dark early, so load your bike with lights. If you need lights, shoot us a line and we can provide them for you!  What fun! We can wait to…scare…y’all there!

10.31 Ride Map

A spooky counter-clockwise circuit of Athens

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Moon Tree Ride October 3rd!!

Athens Moon Tree basks in moon glow

Riding straight to the Moon (tree)!!

On the first Friday of OctoberBiketober, BikeAthens is riding straight to the moon (tree)!  Planted in 1976 after orbiting the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971, the loblolly Pine stretches up toward la luna from the grounds of the ACC Planning Department.  As usual, we’ll start our ride at 6:00PM at City Hall.  We will then ride over to pay homage to the Moon Tree before continuing on an easy, breezy 5.39 mile loop through the lovely Boulevard, Normaltown, and Cobbham Neighborhoods before finishing at Little Kings.  Please join us for what will be a fun, unique ride through Athens!

Moon Tree Group Ride Map

Beautiful tour of the Boulevard, Normaltown, and Cobbham neighborhoods

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The Ride That Owns Itself!! 9.13.2014

2014 Ride Poster

Register Now!!

Register now!

BikeAthens is going riding!! That’s right–after 20 years of advocating for transportation choices, we’re taking the weekend off, and heading out on a leisurely Ride That Owns Itself.  You are cordially invited to join us!

In honor of Athens unique history, the Ride that Owns Itself will wind its way through the most beautiful roads in all of Georgia. We have two fully supported routes–44 and 66 miles–that tour the bucolic countryside north of Athens.  Even better, we’ll be breaking bread together afterward at the downtown Athens Creature Comforts Brewery, where your ride registration includes a private brewery tour, beer samples, and a specialty glass! (Those under 21 ride for free. Kids under 18 can ride with a paying adult.) While dinner is not included in the registration price, we will have good, cheap food from a local vendor available on-site.

After the tour, we’ll all recover together at the Creature Comforts brewery. Friends and family who may not be able to make the ride can register for just the brewery tour.  All the event profits go to support BikeAthens and your favorite BikeAthens programs.

Ride registration includes the fully supported ride, a BikeAthens Membership, and the free private Creature Comforts Tour and glass.  The first 60 registrants will also receive a free BikeAthens Get Noticed t-shirt! Sweet!!!

The ride will start at Creature Comforts beautiful downtown location.  Car parking will NOT be available on site.  You may pick up your ride packet the night before.

Here at BikeAthens, we love cycling for the way it builds community.  As a result, we are doing something different with our ride.  Rather than having a group start, we are aiming for a group finish. Our check-in / registration table will be open from 10:00AM – 4:00; you and your group may hit the road whenever you’d like, with the goal that we’ll all finish around the same time.

Suggested start times: 12:00PM for the 66 miler.  2:00PM for the 44 miler

Brewery doors open at 5:30, dinner start a 6:30PM

Register now!

44 miler route map

66 miler route map

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July 29: Bike Tourism BBQ at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Bikeabout BBQ informational poster

Bikeabout BBQ July 29th at Sandy Creek Nature Center

BIKABOUT, a new bike tourism company, is starting their American launch-tour here in Athens.  Tomorrow, July 29, they are hosting a BBQ at the Sandy Creek Nature Center to discuss bike tourism (in specific) and bikes (in general).  The BBQ starts at 5:30PM, but a group will ride from Heirloom at 5:00. The BBQ is free, with a $5 suggested donation to us, BikeAthens (thanks, bikabout!).  What a cool, fun way to socialize with other cyclists and talk about the economic impact of bikes!

More information here:


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Light up the Night!

Night Riding!

Join us for night-time tour of Athens! Light up your bike–front light, rear light, Christmas lights–put all the lights on your bike!

Next month we’re showing off our night moves.  That’s right, Friday, August 1st we’ll tour Athens under the lights!!  To “Get Noticed” to beat the heat, and to take advantage of low summer traffic, next month’s group ride will start from City Hall at 9:00PM.  So put on a front light, a rear light, wheel lights, helmet lights, Christmas lights, blinking lights, all the lights!–join us as we discover how many lights we can fit on our bikes! Ride Right! Ride Bright!

(Note: front and rear lights will be required for this ride.  If you don’t have lights, send us a note at and we’ll bring lights for ya!)

It’s an easy 5 mile ride on well-lit, low-traffic roads

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Perfect Weekend for a Farm Tour!

Summer 2014 Farm Tour

A perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday morning

Looking for a way to get the most out of the day this Sunday? How about getting on your bike for a relaxed tour of four local farms? I’ll let Mary Charles Howard, BikeAthens board member and owner of Georgia Food Tours explain from here:

We have our Summer Agro Cycle Tour coming up on July 13th ~ one week away! This is the shortest of all of our farm tours(spring, summer & fall), at 15 miles round trip: broken down into only about five miles or less between each farm. This is a family friendly event. Even if your family doesn’t want to ride with you, they can join you at the end of the ride for a gourmet tomato sandwich buffet, complete with local beer at Sweet Olive Farm in Winterville.

Here are the details: Visit the Georgia Food Tours website to learn more and register.

Watch this video of our Spring 2014 Agro Cycle Tour to see an Agro Cycle Tour in action.


Summer: Sunday, July 13th, 8am-3pm near Athens, GA: only 15 miles! 

The 15 mile tour is broken into sections of about 5 miles a piece between farms.

Timing: 15 Mile Ride & Farm Tours 8am-1pm,   Lunch @ Sweet Olive Farm 1-3pm


  • Package Deal: Cycle + Lunch: $42 pre-purchase, $50 day-of purchase.
  • Lunch Ticket Only: $10/person pre-purchase/ $12 day-of.

Your tour route:

15 miles visiting Sweet Olive Farm, Mills Farm (home of Red Mule Grits)Full Moon Farm & Woodland Gardens in Winterville, Georgia

We hope to see you out at all these wonderful farms!


Mary Charles

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4th of July Friday Group Ride!!!

This Friday combines two of our favorite days: The Fourth of July and our first Friday Group Ride!!!  Indeed, this Friday we will celebrate the 4th in high bike style.  So drape your bike in bunting, raise the flag on your bike rack, garb yourself in the Red, White, and Blue!  To accommodate busy Holiday schedules, Friday’s ride will leave from City Hall at High Noon (12:00PM).  Join us to celebrate bikes; join us to celebrate America!!!

July Group Ride Route Map

Preview the July 4th Ride!!

July Group Ride Poster
Celebrate the 4th in bike style!!

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GoTown Group Ride, June 6th

Rumors around town say the downtown section of Prince Ave is called GoTown.  (Or maybe to reflect the times: #GoTown) Either way, on Friday, we’re going to explore that side of Athens! June 6th’s group ride takes advantage of the calm summer streets and will finish up with a nice cruise through GoTown, passing all our favorite neighborhoods along the way!  As usual, same bike time (6:00PM); same bike place (City Hall).  Join us–it’s one of shorter / flatter routes–it’s going to be a fun one!

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The Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Historic Cobbham Foundation, the Pulaski Heights Neighborhood, Parkside Partners and the locally owned businesses on Prince Avenue, invite you to

See and Be Seen

on Prince Avenue

Saturday, May 17  10:30am – 1:30pm


Neighbors and businesses have joined together to create a special day in celebration of living and working on or near the in-town section of Prince Avenue (Pulaski to Milledge #GoTown). This informal event will include a variety of activities intended to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic to highlight how Prince Avenue affects our lives on a daily basis. See and Be Seen will culminate with a walking school bus from Hendershots to Ciné for a matinee screening of The Lego Movie.


Activities include:

• Family Cycling / Riding with bags meet and greet at 10:30 am (Emanuel Church, Pope St parking lot). We’ll be talking, sharing tips, asking and answering questions about riding with families and riding with bags.  Check out local XtraCycle cargo bikes! Free bike lights for the first 25 participants.

Provided by Bike Athens.


• Historical markers of existing and lost architecture of Prince Avenue.

Provided by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.


• Tours of the T.R.R. Cobb House with readings in the gardens provided by Avid Bookshop staff. Half hour tours beginning at 11:00 am, Noon and 1:00 pm.


• Photo booth at Boulevard Animal Hospital.


• Athens Academy SEEDS environmental club: Bottle Raft Performance art sculpture. To call attention and promote awareness of the extensive use of plastic bottles and bags used on this planet.

Piedmont College triangle at Prince/Cobb/Harris Street.


• Also in the Piedmont College triangle: Chess and Community will have chess boards, neighborhood families will provide other board games as well.


And of course, the businesses on Prince Avenue doing what they do every day:

Avid Bookshop             Boulevard Animal Hospital                         Daily Groceries Co-op Flagpole Magazine            The Grit             Model Citizen Salon                Taqueria del Sol

The businesses of the Bottleworks:

Cullen & Co.                        Express nails                         Hendershot’s                        Lululemon
Revival Yarns                        Seabear Oyster Bar             Siri Thai             Viva Argentina                        Tazikis

Please join us for a festive morning/afternoon. #GoTown