Follow the link below for important May updates, including Ride of Silence May 19!

https://mailchi.mp/928aaf289161/bikemonth2021

The highly visible new Bike Alpharetta Kits have been created by Athlos Sport! Check out the Athlos Squad One, Breakaway, and Gruve MTB jerseys, as well as shorts and bib shorts for women and men, too – prices range from $39-75.

https://www.athlosports.com/collections/bike-alpharetta

Bike Alpharetta Leads 14th Annual Bikes For Kids Program

On December 5, 2020, 131 volunteers from the community and local bike shops helped clean and repair more than 275 bicycles and tricycles – all in one day!

The 14th annual Bikes For Kids, managed by the non-profit Bike Alpharetta, refurbishes previously-loved bikes/trikes/scooters for the North Fulton Community Charities’ Holiday Shop. Since 2007, the program has provided 3,400 bicycles, tricycles and scooters, as well as more than 900 new youth helmets.

Bike Alpharetta is proud to manage this program, which began as a grassroots initiative by the Mullenbach family in Johns Creek.

Community organizations hold Donation Days for Bikes For Kids, with Johns Creek Baptist Church collecting 99 bicycles this year. Many local bike shops in the North Fulton area also donate needed bike parts and encourage people to take part in Domestique Day – Atlanta Cycling (Duluth), Cannon Cyclery, Fresh Bike Service, Pedego Electric Bikes, Reality Bikes, REI (Alpharetta), Roswell Bicycles, and Twisted Spokes Bicycles.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Facebook – BikesforKidsAlpharetta

Web – BikeAlpharetta.org/bikesforkids

Twitter – @bikealpharetta

Instagram — @bikealpharetta

Email – bikealpharetta@gmail.com

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Adopt-A-Mile

Huge thanks to the City of Alpharetta for signage designating our adopted stretch of road between Henderson Pkwy and Highway 9 on Cumming Street. A well used cycling route, we’ve been picking up debris and litter since August of 2019. Proudly displayed!

It’s Year 14 for Bikes For Kids Alpharetta – collecting, cleaning/repairing, donating “Santa Ready” bikes/trikes to the Holiday Program for North Fulton Community Charities!!!! Wow, Year 14! 

Sept. 18 to Nov. 30 donations of gently-used children’s bicycles are needed for this year! We appreciate donations… “some dust, no rust” is preferred. If you have an adult-sized bicycle, please consider giving that to our friends at Free Bikes 4 Kidz in Atlanta on Sat. October 3-4 (fb4katl.org/donate/donate-a-bike/).

Please give your tricycles and smaller-sized bicycles to Bikes For Kids Alpharetta, with multiple drop-off locations this fall. Check our Facebook page for details – https://www.facebook.com/bikesforkidsalpharetta

We celebrate another year of advocacy in Alpharetta, Georgia on July 25 as Bike Alpharetta turns 9!

Even with limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bike Alpharetta continues to advocate for safer bicycle infrastructure in our community and to support local cyclists of all ages and abilities. Our work is even more important now as there are more families cycling together and new cyclists taking up the sport!

Here’s a quick recap of some of our accomplishments this past year:

Bikes for Kids: Nearly 300 used bikes rescued for needy Fulton kids
Adopt-A-Mile: De-littering the next to roads for cyclists and pedestrians
Zen Rides: Casual Greenway rides for everyone
Beginner’s Ride: Helping newcomers learn how to ride safely
Infrastructure: Advising and advocating with the City of Alpharetta
– Endorsing Bike Trail study for North Point Mall connectivity
– Westside Parkway striping for bike lanes
– Bike lanes/shoulder advice for Rucker Road
– Start of Kimball Br construction (to include bike lane!)
– Bethany/Mayfield bike lane configuration
– Alpha Loop bike repair stations
– Greenway expansion (underway!)

Cycling advocacy is super hard work, and we really thank all of our past volunteers and board members for their insight and time. Thank you also to the City of Alpharetta for continuing to make Alpharetta an Awesome place to ride bikes!

Don’t let the Coronavirus keep you from getting some exercise! Our first ever “Do It Yourzelf Zen Ride” will start June 5 – and continue on the first and third Fridays of every month. Start out on the Greenway (bike, run, walk, skate) from Marconi Drive trailhead, and then end with adult beverages at Jekyll Brewing Taproom (also near the Marconi Drive trailhead). Ride solo or with family after work — the Taproom is open from 4 pm to 10 pm on Fridays. Note that Taproom has outdoor seating, and interior seating is available again. Please patronize Jekyll Brewing as they are a highly valued sponsor of Bike Alpharetta!

We are celebrating National Bike Month a little differently this year, but still encourage everyone to roll on your favorite bicycle this spring for fitness, leisure, transportation! Here are three things we are doing:

1. Ride of Silence – Wed, May 20. The annual Ride of Silence is recognized around the world and honors fellow cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. The Ride usually involves groups of cyclists in cities across the world riding in silence in solidarity. (see rideofsilence.org for more info).  The ride event continues on this year in Alpharetta, but not as a group activity. To keep at a safe distance, cyclists should ride independently alone or with family members only. We have some cool signs for you to download and wear, a place to take a selfie for social media and general information. Visit our Facebook page for the event details.

Download a file for ROS –

   

2. Big Creek Greenway Art – look for chalk art along the Greenway in Alpharetta this month. Inspirational messages about good health, bike safety and the great outdoors will be popping up. Take a photo of your favorite and post to social media. Have your children join the fun with some of their chalk art too.

3. Encourage Entry-Level Cyclists to Ride

Be safe and enjoy your bicycle rides on the Big Creek Greenway and other trails. Want to pedal on roads to access stores, restaurants and other parks? We have created a Beginner Road Riding Guide. It also contains great resources from our friends at GeorgiaBikes.org. Check it out here, and stay tuned for a free clinic to test your skills later this year.

Here is an update on the extension of the Big Creek Greenway up to Forsyth County. It’s one of the most anticipated pedestrian and cycling projects in our area. The Alpharetta portion is due to be complete by end of 2021!

The City of Alpharetta is working to extend the Big Creek Greenway north from the Marconi Drive trailhead along Windward Parkway to connect to the Forsyth County line along McGinnis Ferry Road. This project includes construction of one pedestrian/cycling bridge, new concrete trail and a pedestrian/cyclist culvert under Windward Pkwy. When the full project is completed by Alpharetta and Forsyth County, it will result in a trail system that runs more than 14 miles through Roswell, Alpharetta, and Forsyth County. Ultimately the trail system will span from the Chattahoochee River in Roswell to Bethelview Road in Forsyth County.

PROJECT PLAN:

https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/…/gre…/project-timeline-updates

MAP:

https://www.alpharetta.ga.us/…/route-plan—big-creek-green…

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