During their May 2 meeting, the Alpharetta City Council came together with our friends at Bike Alpharetta to declare May as Bike Month in Alpharetta and to celebrate what we have accomplished together.
WHEREAS, the bicycle is an economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of Alpharetta’s scenic beauty; and
WHEREAS, throughout the month of May, the residents of Alpharetta and its visitors will experience the joys of bicycling through educational programs, races, commuting events, charity events, or by simply getting out and going for a ride; and
WHEREAS, Alpharetta’s road and trail system attracts bicyclists each year, providing economic health, transportation, tourism, and scenic benefits; and
WHEREAS, creating a bicycling-friendly community has been shown to improve citizens’ health, well-being, and quality of life; promote growth of local economies; attract tourism dollars; improve traffic safety; and reduce pollution, congestion, and wear and tear on our streets and roads; and
WHEREAS, Bike Alpharetta, the League of American Bicyclists, other civic groups, and numerous local governments across the United States will be promoting bicycling during the month of May 2022; and
WHEREAS these groups are also promoting bicycle tourism year-round to attract more visitors to enjoy our local restaurants, hotels, retail establishments, and cultural and scenic attractions; and
WHEREAS, these groups are also promoting greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education in an effort to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities and improve health and safety for everyone on the road;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia, in recognition of the benefits of bicycling and of National Bike Month, do hereby proclaim May as Bike Month in Alpharetta and urge all residents to try cycling for fun, fitness, or transportation and to learn and practice the rules and strategies for safely sharing the road with bicyclists.