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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.

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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!

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