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.

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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…

Stay Healthy

As we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus pandemic, please remember to continue business with your local bike shops! Most have curbside service, and online! They are essential businesses to keep us rolling along – commute, run errands, stretch our minds/legs, visit loved ones and elderly friends.

Start by checking out a local bike shop via Facebook:

Cannon Cyclery Twisted Spokes Bicycles Roswell Bicycles Fresh Bikes Atlanta Cycling Whitetail Bicycles & Coffee Shop Reality Bikes REI

Here is a good read about safe cycling in the age of coronavirus – https://www.bikelaw.com/2020/03/cycling-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/

2019BikesForKids-Recap publicinfo

Dec. 4 – Georgia Gives Day – funds go to support Bikes for Kids! THANK YOU to so many people who did click and donate. Bike Alpharetta raised $1287!! Click the link in the column to the right to continue donates in 2020.

The City unveiled plans for the Webb Bridge project at a well attended meeting October 15, 2019. We are really pleased that the City listened and was able to incorporate many suggestions from the community (including cyclists). The design will be posted soon on the City’s website, but we wanted to share some of the key elements:

– 8′ sidewalks and 4′ bike lanes
– access to the Greenway for cyclists traveling West
– a roundabout at Webb Bridge Way

Along with the Alpha-Loop and North Point District, as well as numerous other projects, walking and biking will keep getting more connected, safer, and better in Alpharetta!

There are a lot of exciting road and path improvements underway and in planning. Here are a few updates from our recent meetings with the City:

Bethany & Mayfield: Build Pending
Roundabout intersection, ~120’
4ft bike lane for eastbound traffic
Targeted finish Q3 2020

Morris Rd @ Webb: Build In-progress
120’ Roundabout
4ft Bike Lanes north of Roundabout, connection to Webb Br
Pathway access to park Old Milton & GA400, Q4 2019

Greenway Extension: Build Pending
Mixed surface, largely at grade concrete path, with raised walkway
Construction Start Jan/Feb 2020
City to find the means to fund for 2020 budget – part of the 8/19 workshop

Kimball Bridge – East of North Point: Build Pending
Features: Westbound bike lane (Northside), Eastbound 10ft sidewalk (Southside)
Awaiting ROW acquisition

Rucker Rd: Build In-Progress
Maintain 10’ lane end-to-end (Houze to Wills), consistent with Roswell’s implementation
Features: Bike Lanes on the eastside, Multiuse pathways in both sides of street
Construction Complete target year end 2019

Alpha Loop – Thompson Rd: Build In-Progress
Connection from City Center to Avalon, completion target end of year

Academy St: Design In-Progress
3-4ft bike both directions, 6’ sidewalk
No roundabouts, not enough $$
Project spans Loxford Ln/Academy Park to Westside Pkwy

Webb Br East: Design In-Progress
Features 8’ multi + 4 ft bikes lanes, Westbound greenway entrance
More design work required….2yrs
Public Reveal preliminary design – September/October

Hopewell & Vaughn: Conceptual Design Pending
Roundabout intersection, 104’ minimum, but will try to incorporate larger, 110 – 120’
Design Funding Approved 08/19

It is with an abundance of gratitude and outpouring of appreciation that Bike Alpharetta and the Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization are able to close the Emil Walcek Memorial Fund as of April 2, 2019. In just 22 days, more than 200 friends and colleagues of our cycling friend Emil contributed $9,110 to a special GoFundMe Campaign.

He was an avid cyclist, a volunteer, a member of Bike Alpharetta – RAMBO – Bike Roswell, graphic artist, business owner and proud grandfather. After battling for four months, Emil succumbed from injuries sustained in a car-bicycle crash (he was on the bicycle).

More than 200 people attended his Memorial Service on March 16, and 55-plus people turned out at the Big Creek Greenway for a memorial bike ride! Thank you everyone. We will miss our friend so much – #RideForEmil

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