Atlanta By Bike

Bicycling in and around Atlanta.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mountain Biking, Speed, and Common Courtesy

I'm fortunate in that I live near the hub of Cobb County's current trail system.  Within a few miles of my home are the Silver Comet Trail, the Silver Comet Trail Connector, the Rottenwood Creek Trail, the Cochran Shoals Trail, the Palisades Trail, and the Sope Creek Trail.  Some of these trails are for pedestrians only and others are multi-use trails that welcome bicyclist.  And that's where the problem comes in.

Let's take for example, the Sope Creek Trail.  It starts near Sope Creek on Paper Mill Road and runs to the Cochran Shoals Trail along the Chattahoochee.  It's a multi-use trail where people including me, hike, run, walk their dogs, and bike.  But some cyclist seem to confuse a multi-use trail with a racetrack, bombing down into the valleys at pretty much full speed.  Now I understand the attraction of speed, it's fun.  But there's a place for it and it's not on a trail with two way traffic and where around the next corner could be a child or an elderly person.  The same thing applies to a lesser degree on the Silver Comet Trail, where hammerheads in pacelines swerve  around people pushing babies in strollers.  It's crazy, it's dangerous, and it's rude.  Just as the street isn't the place to see how fast you can go in your car, MUPS are not the place to see how fast you can bike.

I fear if cyclists continue to use MUPS as racetracks someone is going to get hurt, and sadly if history is any indication all cyclists will get the blame.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Halloween Bike Parade

I really wanted to get to the Streets Alive: Halloween Bike Parade but I found myself committed somewhere else.  Luckily, Cameron from Atlanta Bicycle Chic was there with a camera.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Bikes Seen Today In Atlanta

A Sears Three Speed

A Fuji Single Speed

A Linus Roadster and it's friend

A Torpadeo, a LeMond, and a Felt

And a Penny-farthing or, if you prefer, an Ordinary

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bicycles Outsell Cars in Italy

The Telegraph is reporting, "In a radical departure for the car-mad country, home to legendary marques such as Fiat, Ferrari and Lamborghini, 1,750,000 bikes were bought in 2011 compared to 1,748,000 motor vehicles."

Now this can't come as a surprise. Cars are expensive. They're expensive to buy, expensive to insure, expensive to maintain, expensive to run, and when times are tough the high cost of cars hits home. Will this happen in the US? Probably not, Italy has an extensive rail network that provides an alternative to driving. The US rail network, is not as extensive or accessible.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Speaking of Politicians

Meet Rob Ford. He's the mayor of one of North America's great cities, Toronto. He's also an idiot. Thanks to him Atlanta may be becoming more bike friendly than Toronto.

A Bipartisan Issue- Bikes

In this election year let's see if we can find some common ground between the parties.
President Obama on a bike. But Malia dear if you're going to wear a helmet it's important to wear it properly.

Mitt Romney on a bike, in a suit, and with toe clips. Who knew he and I had something in common.

Ron Paul on a bike. He famously challenged fellow candidates to a ten mile ride in a debate.

Jon Huntsman on a bike. Top Gun style.

Bill and Hillary Clinton on bikes. Hillary must have been the one that taught Malia Obama how to wear a helmet.

Jimmy Carter on a bike, with style!

See everyone loves to bicycle.

There Are All Kinds of Bikes

I spotted this homemade chopper style bicycle outside of the office.