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Extra! Extra! March’s 2nd Group Ride

March now has double the fun! 2 Group Rides!

As you may have heard, we are shifting (pun intended) the dates of our Group Rides!  Moving forward, they will now be the LAST Friday of the month!  As always, the rides will start at 6:00PM from City Hall, and will wind through Athens for 5-9 miles before ending at Little Kings.  We ride slow and easy; no one get left behind! So mark your calendar’s!  To establish the new date, we are having a 2nd group ride March 27th!  Whoo!!

See y’all at City Hall!!  Here is a the route:

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March 6th Group Ride and Bike Light Give Away*

Group Ride Poster

March 6th we’ll ride Ride Bright! and hand out free lights!

With longer days and warmer weather (we hope) right around the corner, BikeAthens is proud to announce a special event: March 6th Group Ride & Bike Lights GiveAway, sponsored by Michael Ruppersburg, Attorney at Law!

The lengthening days do not mean we can take visibility for granted, which is why we’ve decided to host our first group ride of the year March 6th.  More amazingly, local attorney Michael Ruppersburg contacted us to support another bike light giveaway.

Here’s how it will work: as usual we’ll meet at City Hall to roll out at 6:00PM.  We’ll cruise down Boulevard, carve past ARMC, swing up through the Cobham neighborhood and finish at Little Kings at about 7:00PM, It is a relaxed well-lit route—a perfect introduction to our Group Rides.  Once we arrive at Little Kings, we’ll install free bike lights until 8:00PM, or until we run out of lights, whichever comes first!

Thank you again to Michael Ruppersburg for making the light giveaway possible!!!

*The ride starts at City Hall at 6:00PM.  The Bike Light Giveaway will start at 7:00PM at Little Kings. You must bring a bike to receive the free lights. We’ll install them for you!

Route Map for March 6th Group Ride

Beautiful Route for a Night Ride in Athens

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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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