Congratulations to Commissioner Boykin

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Congratulations to Commissioner Fred Boykin for winning the first ever Fred Boykin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The award ceremony, “The Blinkies”, was held last Friday night at Trees Atlanta in Kirkwood.

Mr. Boykin said he was most proud of the Safe Routes to School Program in the City of Decatur, of which he was instrumental in getting  off the ground. He stated that hundreds of children in Decatur walk and/or bike to school every day. The Safe Routes to School program began its work in the City of Decatur in 2005 and today includes all elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School as well as St. Thomas More. Fred continues to serve on the SRTS committee.

Commissioner Boykin also helps to organize the annual Georgia Ride to the Capitol from Decatur’s East Lake MARTA where a large number of elected officials gather to ride to the Capitol.

Congratulations Commissioner Boykin!

Fred  Boykin accepts the "Blinkie" Award from Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Fred Boykin accepts the “Blinkie” Award from Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

FREE Cycling Classes on Saturday

thJoin Certified Cycling Instructor Mike Sheeham for a FREE Introduction to Cycling Class this Saturday at Decatur Recreation Center. The class runs from 9-10 am. Attendees will learn about the ins and outs of owning and using bicycles as day to day transportation. The class is geared to beginners, but all levels are welcome to attend. Register here to access WEBTRAC and  register for class # 343010-07 or register at Decatur Recreation Center.

Then on Saturday afternoon, you may want to join instructors from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a free Introduction to Group Riding Skills from 1 -3 pm. Meet at Glenwood Elementary School parking lot for tips on riding in a group, then go for a short 5-6 mile ride about Decatur to put your skills into practice. All levels are welcome, but must be able to ride your bicycle. Helmets are required! You do not have to register in advance for this class.

For more information on activities for Bike Month in Decatur click here.

Bicycling for the Children: Kidical Mass on Saturday

Join us for the Houndstooth Autumn Tweed & Vintage Ride

Houndstooth  Road and Decatur Active Living invite you to join us for an Autum Tweed and Vintage Ride on Sunday, November 11. Hop on your two wheels and join us for a lovely autumn afternoon with kindred spirits. Gather at the new Sq/Ft Boutique at 149 Sycamore Street in Decatur by 1:30pm and we will depart at 2pm on our journey to Oakhurst and Kavarna for a warm beverage and then we will return to downtown Decatur to end our ride at The Marley House  located at 426 W Ponce de Leon Ave.

You are encouraged to dress in the spirit of the occasion with your finest autumn tweed or vintage looks. Let’s have fun and show Decatur some stylish pedaling!

Gentlemen, you can find some ideas for your dress here.

Ladies, you can get some great ideas here .

Photos from a Tweed ride that might give you ideas are here.

Bike Valet Parking at Decatur Book Festival

No need to worry about where to park for the Decatur Book Festival this weekend: Ride your bicycle and take advantage of the FREE Bicycle Valet Parking!  Valet Parking, sponsored by the City of Decatur and Bicycle South, will be located on North McDonough in front of Decatur City Hall. Volunteers from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will take great care of your bicycle.

Be sure to stop by the Active Living tent located next to the valet parking. Pick up a Bicycle Suitability Map to help you navigate Decatur, as well as information on upcoming Bicycle Classes beginning in October.

They will be ready to park your bicycle at the Book Festival.

Walk to School Pep Rally – Tuesday, October 4

The City of Decatur Active Living Department invites the community to the annual International Walk to School Pep Rally on the old courthouse  square Tuesday, October 4 from 5:30pm to 7pm.  Children will have the opportunity to win prizes and make a poster to carry on Wednesday for the Walk and Roll to School Day.  Decatur Police Department will be on hand to register your bike at the Pep Rally.

The event is a kickoff for Walk and Roll to School Day Oct. 5.  The five City of Decatur elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School participate in the Safet Routes to School program, which encourages children to walk or ride their bikes to school.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Pep Rally or want to roll with us Wednesday morning contact Gregory White at 404-377-0494 or greg.white@decaturga.com

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