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In this April 24, 2013 issue...

  • Join Us May 3 for Athens Group Ride!

  • BikeAthens, SORBA-Athens to Host Twilight Kickoff Happy Hour

  • BikeAthens Honors Kinman, Shoemaker at Greenfest Awards!

  • Daily Grocery Installs Ely-made Cycle Repair Station

  • Join "Team Bike Athens for National Bike Challenge

  • Down the Road and Elsewhere: BikeAthens & National Bike Month, Bike to School, Work Days; Tour de Fat

  • Author Jeff Speck Coming May 1, to Talk on Book, 'Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America'

  • Article: Senior Walkers Face Greatest Risk 

Friday, May 3 at 6PM!

Join Us for the Athens Group Ride; Cycling Begins at City Hall, Takes Leisurely Pace

With cyclists of all ages and abilities in mind, BikeAthens will host its 2nd group ride of 2013, Friday, May 3.  Bikers will meet at City Hall on the corner of Lumpkin and Washington Streets and will wind their way through 5.2 miles of Athens' neighborhoods, ending at Little Kings Shuttle Club on Hancock St. for a social. Click on the map to see an enlarged view of the route we'll take.

For those new to the group rides, a leader guides the group at a casual pace and makes stops along the way to check on all riders.  Another cyclist takes the rear and checks on all who might run
into a mechanical problem. Safety is a priority and all cycling laws will be followed.

Please bring water and wear a helmet!
See Group Ride on Facebook.

What: A pre-Twilight Happy Hour for cyclists of all types (commuter, mountain, recreational, roadie etc.) and alternative transportation supporters.
When: Friday, April 26 from 5-7:30. Head over to the Red Bull Chariot Race, Twilight Americana Music Festival stage or Twilight Grid Qualifier Finals afterwards.
Where: Little Kings Shuffle Club. Corner of Hancock and Hull Streets. Downtown Athens, GA.
Why: Kickoff Twilight weekend by getting to know fellow cyclists in Athens and support BikeAthens and SORBA-Athens. Also, $3 draft beers and well drinks.
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BikeAthens Honors Kinman, Shoemaker at Greenfest Ceremony

Alice Kinman was named BikeAthens Advocate of the Year and Richard Shoemaker was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual Greenfest Awards ceremony Friday, April 19.
Kinman, was honored for her expert assistance given to BikeAthens with drafting the Complete Streets policy that was adopted by the ACC Commission in 2012. "BikeAthens is most grateful for her willingness to listen and take action to shape a strong effective policy," Tyler Dewey, BA executive director, said.

Shoemaker received the volunteer of the year award for his writing and photography in support of BikeAthens. Since July 2012, Shoemaker has been the editor of the BA weekly newsletter. He is also a regular volunteer at the Bike Recycling Program shop and is a member of the BRP Council. The award was the 2nd for Shoemaker who shared the Volunteer of the Year honor with Fred Smith in 2011.

The awards were presented by Tyler Dewey at the event held at Flinchum's Phoenix in the Whitehall Forest.

Daily Grocery Installs BikeAthens-Built Cycle Repair Stand for Customers

"We always thought of ourselves as a bike friendly business," says Matthew Epperson of Daily Groceries. "This is a good way to take it to the next level." This "next level" was to install a bike repair stand on the sidewalk in front of the grocery store on Prince Ave. for its customers and the public.

Matthew, the Daily Grocery member coordinator, and friend Lindsey York did the installation Sunday afternoon after getting permission from the city.  The repair stand is the creation of Mike Ely, former BikeAthens Board chairman who has moved to Columbia, SC. Mike built the bright blue stand in the summer by welding old bike frames and parts.  He then attached bicycle repair tools to the stand using flexible cabling. Mike says he and Fred Smith worked together to create the design. "I wanted to make the stand from all recycled bike frames, so we slowly figured out the design based on the frames that we had to chop up. In the end, I think that we came up with a very functional bike repair stand that maintains an artistic feel," Mike said.

Public bike self-repair stations have been showing up in the city over the winter, but this BikeAthens' one is unique. UGA has a stand at the Ramsay Center.  Kroger at Alps Shopping Ctr. also has one in its parking lot.

Two BRP Council members will orient the Daily Grocery staff on the use of the station's tools Thursday afternoon.

Photos: (Top) Matthew Epperson and Lindsey York take a break from installing their new bicycle repair station in front of Daily Grocery on Prince Ave. (Bottom left) Matthew wrenches down the front of the station after drilling into concrete. (Bottom right) Matthew and Lindsey worked several hours driling into concrete to secure the station in front of the grocery.

Join "Team BikeAthens" for the National Bike Challenge!

Join Team BikeAthens, Team Georgia Bikes, or go solo!  However you choose, here's a fun way to motivate yourself to cycle more for transportation, fitness, and recreation: The National Bike Challenge 2013.  

This "Challenge" is a free online program that officially starts May 1, but warm-ups are going on right now.  

In 2012, more than 30,000 Americans joined the National Bike Challenge and rode more 12 million miles between May 1 and August 31," according to 

Katie Omberg, events and outreach manager for The League of American Bicyclists. "Well, the Challenge is back in just a few weeks — and this year we’re raising the bar. Our goal: 50,000 riders logging 20 million miles!"

Brent Buice, director of Georgia Bikes! posted this helpful message for anyone considering joining:

"1) Right now, we're in the "warm up" period. Your points will be re-set to zero on May 1st when the Challenge officially begins.
2) You *must* record your rides to gain points in the Challenge. You can do it manually on this site, through the free Endomondo app for your smartphone, or you can upload ride data from a Garmin. 
3) The Challenge ain't just for roadies! Regular commuters can rack up points too, even if your ride is just a few miles. You get plenty of points for riding often ...of course, if you ride 50 miles a day, you'll blow us all away!"

Sign up today!  Note: you'll be asked to join the Challenge first, then you'll be able to select a team, if you wish.  You may like the Challenge on Facebook-  and/or follow The Challenge on Twitter @bikechallenge13.

See you on the streets!


Down the Road and Elsewhere

BikeAthens Planning Special Events for May

Because May is National Bike Month, BikeAthens is planning on hosting several fun cycling events to highlight the enjoyable benefits of cycling.  Join us for the Athens Group Ride May 3. Much more is coming soon.  We'll be sure to announce these happenings right here!


Bike to Work Week and Day?

Bike to Work Week will be May 13-17 and Bike to Work Day will be Friday, May 17.

Bike to School Day?

Bike to School Day will be May 8.
If you'd like to share the word, the League of American Bicyclists has made available free promotional materials for National Bike Month.  These materials may be downloaded for sharing digitally, for printing in the office, or for printing professionally. Four versions of the poster have been created (See above.) as well as other types of promos.


May 11 - Bikes, Beer & Bemusement: Tour de Fat Atlanta 2013

"Tour de Fat, a daylong festival in the park that celebrates the bicycle, showcases New Belgium beers and provides eclectic and engaging entertainment for all." So says Atlanta Buzz. "It’s a free event, but all proceeds from beer sales goes to local nonprofits. In Atlanta the benefiting nonprofits are Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, SOPO and SORBA. Over its course, Tour de Fat has raised more than $2 million for nonprofit organizations." (Full Story)

Like or Join Tour de Fat Atlanta 2013 on Facebook! 



Author to Speak May 1 at UGA Chapel

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Author Jeff Speck will speak on his new book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, 6 - 7:30PM, May 1 at UGA Chapel. A book signing will be held afterwards at Transmetropolitan Downtown.  The event is free and open to the public.  Parking is also free at downtown decks. (See More on Event)

"Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and 
downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.

"Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.

"Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again." (from Amazon book description, April 16, 2013)

"Jeff Speck, coauthor of the landmark bestseller Suburban Nation, is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As the former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, where he worked with dozens of American mayors on their most pressing city planning challenges. He leads a design practice based in Washington, D.C." (from Amazon "About the Author, April 16, 2013)


Walking While Old: Seniors Face Greatest Death Risk

by Nancy Shute  Shots Health News from NPR  April 18, 2013

(Editor's note: Persons aged 65 or older make up 8.4% of the Athens Clarke County population, according to 2010 census reports.  National reports that 24,000 persons over 50 live in Athens and the number is growing.
Census reports in 2011 estimated the total population of ACC at 116,084.)

Parents worry a lot about the safety of children crossing the street. It looks like they should be worried about Grandpa, too.

Older people are at higher risk of being killed by a car while walking, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Full Story)


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