City of Decatur to host events to celebrate National Bike Month, this MayGarrett Hinton rides a bicycle made to look like a flying pig during the Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur. File photo: Jonathan Phillips
Decatur is ringing in National Bike Month in May with several cycling events.
For starters, there will be a light 11-mile bike ride every Saturday at 2 p.m. called Sam’s Freight Room Ride. The ride will start at 415 East Howard Avenue and follow a route through Decatur, Oakhurst, and Avondale Estates.
There will be five sessions of the Silver Spokes Program: Ride with Trikes. According to the city, “Silver Spokes is a ‘pilot’ senior bicycling program using adult tricycles that help cyclists maintain good balance and support those with mobility challenges.” You must pre-register, and it’s $25 for the month. It will be held on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.
May 9 is Bike to School Day. The following week, May 14 through May 18, is Bike to Work Week.
There will be three different events in Decatur on May 18.
Bike to Work Day will kick off that morning, where from 7 to 10 a.m., bikers can make a pit stop at the Decatur Recreation Center for pastries and coffee.
Later at the rec center, there will be Bike Registration from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by Decatur Police. In addition, there will be the Third Friday Decatur Fun Ride at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the rec center. Afterwards, participants will go to a restaurant for refreshments.
On May 20, Bicycle South is hosting “an easy no-drop ride to Stone Mountain Park.” The ride will start at 9 a.m. at Bicycle South, located at 2098 North Decatur Road. Refreshments will be served at the store following the ride.
Towards the end of the month, there will be another Bike Registration event by the Decatur Police Department. Held at the Decatur Arts Festival on May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your bike to the Bike Valet and get it registered.
On a similar note, on May 26 and 27, the Decatur Arts Alliance and the City of Decatur are offering Bike Valet parking at the Decatur Arts Festival.
It should be noted that helmets are a requirement for every City-sponsored ride.