The city of Atlanta is quickly becoming a proponent of bicycles and the month of June offers several opportunities for residents to experience this first hand. Often referred to as the poster child for suburban sprawl, Atlanta has recently been putting an emphasis on becoming more pedestrian friendly. This can be seen in the countless mixed-use developments that are popping up on every street corner, the push to further extend and develop the Atlanta Beltline, talks of adding bike lanes on major thoroughfares and even a bike share program? Yep that’s right, Atlanta is getting its very own bike share program, similar to that of NYC’s Citi Bike. See what else Atlanta has in store this June for it’s two-wheeling civilians!
Atlanta Streets Alive – June 12th 4-8pm
Atlanta Streets Alive is a program that opens the streets to the people by temporarily closing them to cars. Inspired by open street projects all over the world, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has brought this new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city experience to Atlanta. This month’s event will take place on the 2.7 mile stretch of Peachtree Street from Edgewood to 17th Street. The event kicks off with a bicycle parade where participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes and themselves. This year’s “stripe” theme is an effort to push for bike lanes/stripes on Peachtree Street. The free, family-friendly event is open to anybody on foot, bicycle or other human-powered activities. After the parade, patrons can enjoy a hosts of other activities like music, dancing, eating, relaxing, and otherwise just enjoying their city and the people who make it what it is.
Atlanta Moon Ride – June 10th 6pm -1am
This year will mark the 4th annual Atlanta Moon Ride, a 6-mile nighttime bike ride through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods. This year’s route will ride though Virginia Highlands, Old 4th Ward and Midtown. It’s more of a rolling party as participants dress up their bikes and themselves in wild costumes and glow sticks. The pregame starts at 6pm at Park Tavern lawn where there will be live music, food trucks and outdoor bar areas. The registration and party last till about 10:30 when riders are encouraged to head to the starting line. Night ride sound dangerous? Don’t worry, the Atlanta Police Dept. has blocked off the route and will escort the parade through town. There will even be rolling music squads moving through the route. This isn’t a race, and the real winner might be the slowest person as they get to take everything in. Pedestrians will line the street and cheer you on before the ride ends back at park Tavern for an after party. This ride gets bigger and better each year with a few thousand riders last year! Even if you can’t ride, the people watching is next level.
Atlanta Bike Share – Premieres June 9th
Atlanta is getting it’s very own bike share program that will be called RELAY. It will premier on June 9th with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Woodruff Park followed by a 2-mile cruise to show off the first 10 bike stations. Initially the bike stations will be located in and around the downtown area with plans to expand the station locations further out. Similar to other bike share programs around the country you can create an account, find and reserve bikes online and choose from a number of different rider plans from hourly to monthly. Users will get a pin code to unlock and lock the bikes so no need to worry about it getting stolen or carrying a lock. Download the Relay app and do it all from your phone including viewing other bike racks to help plan your route.
What’s the point of all this you ask? It’s an effort to make Atlanta a more pedestrian friendly city which benefits everyone, not just the riders. It’s a win, win all around. If you can avoid getting in the notoriously bad traffic, get exercise, and experience your city all at the same time what’s not to like?