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2017 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced

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We'll just get this out of the way:

The 4th Annual Atlanta Cycling Festival is proud to announce the official 2017 dates: Saturday, June 10 - Saturday, June 17.

As a friendly reminder of what you can expect, check out our 2016 Wrap Up Video from our fantastic videographer: Matthew Mammola


Never being satisfied with "let's just do the same thing again," the ACF team has been hard at work planning and scheming on how to make this year's Festival even better. 

Here's a preview of a few ideas that we have planned:

  • Concrete Jungle Fruit Tree Exploration Explosion Expedition: While the name is a working title, we're elated to work with the awesome team at Concrete Jungle. This bike tour is one of a kind and will be full of surprises - And homemade plumb wine, we hear.
  • The Most Adorably Aggressive Children's Bicycle Race Of Doom: Again, working title (We're really good at these, right?), but we plan on hosting the most adorable and aggressive 4-10 yr bicycle race ever in Atlanta. Get your kids ready - There will be awesome prizes, snacks and juice boxes. 
  • 2X The Ramps = 100X The Fun MTB Pump Track: We're stoked to have REI and Clif Bar as sponsors again this year. They'll be at several events, culminating with combining both of their MTB pump tracks. It's going to be marvelously large and fun to ride. 
  • Bicycle Speed Dating: It's back! Looking for love on two wheels? Well, look no more! The ACF Team will use our Bicycle Algorithm of Love to match you to your future bike partner. Go ahead and delete Tinder from your phone - We've got you. 
  • Atlanta Streets Alive: West Side: The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, organizers and founders of Atlanta Streets Alive (ASA), have again decided to hold ASA in tandem with the 2017 ACF. We're incredibly honored to work with ABC and have this event during the Festival. 

And that's just a small preview - We've got a whole lot more up our jerseys...

Great! How Can I Help?

Thanks for asking! The ACF takes months of planning and an incredible staff to make it a reality. 

Here are a few ways you can help us:

  1. Buy Swag - Support The Festival: Check out our ACF Store. All purchases help make the 2017 ACF a reality. 
  2. Sponsor The Festival: We're still looking for local sponsors. Believe in the ACF? Then let's talk!
  3. Volunteer: We're already taking volunteers. Want to meet a lot of wonderful people and have a great time on a two wheels? Join us!
  4. Host A Ride Or Host An Event: We're building out our event calendar now. Have a great event idea? Let us know!

So, go ahead and request the week of June 10 - June 17 off. This Festival's going to be a blast. 

The 2016 Officially Official ACF Wrap Up

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Just a few weeks ago, the 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival kicked off, promising a week of bicycle magic!

After 9+ months/270+ days/6,480+ hours worth of planning, permitting and collaborating, we proudly hosted the 3rd annual bicycle festival, boasting over 46+ bike events for the week. 

To say that we're a tid bit tired, is a tid bit of an understatement. To say that we're also a tid bit proud, honored and pleased with our work/bringing the festival to you is, well, also a tid bit of an understatement.

As the wheels start turning for the future of the Atlanta Cycling Festival, we wanted to take this time to do a little wrap up. So clip in. 

But before we do, a quick BIG shoutout to Tube CreativeREIWahoo Fitness, Bike Law GA, WABE Atlanta, New Belgium Brewing and all of our phenomenal 2016 sponsors and partners. Please, support and love the chain lube out of these businesses. 

We Grew

At each of our events, we did head counts and tracked all the numbers. Based on the data, festival attendance grew by 14% and we had roughly a 40% female/60% male breakdown. That's really exciting to us because it means to us that new people are finding and/or biking in Atlanta. 

We Activated The First Ever MTB Rooftop Course

Thanks to the incredible vision, work and support of REI and Georgia Tech Parking and Transportation Services, we shutdown two levels of a parking deck to launch a bike-topia. We had bicycle laser tag, bicycle vendors, bicycle portraits and, of course, the REI MTB Pump Track. It was completely splendid! Check out the photos here.

REI MTB Pump Track
We Started A New Business/Biking Idea

Each year, we hold the ACF Create Grant: A $2,000 grant to start your bicycle business/idea here in Atlanta, GA.

At our annual Atlanta Pecha Kucha, we announced the 2016 winner: Atlanta Beam.

BEAM (Bicycle Electronics And Makers) is a collaborative project to bring bicycling and electronics together for some nerdy fun. The two wonderful ladies (Leslie and Lauren) are super smart and have big plans for this open source collaborative project in Atlanta. 

BEAM's first product: They researched, built and launched bicycle laser tag at our Big Opening Party. Here's what that looked like:


How freakin' rad is that!

We Created A Bicycle Jobs Portal

Thanks to the support of Wahoo Fitness, we were able to create the "tech" track for this year's festival. One big factor of that was creating a bicycle jobs portal.

Basically, businesses purposefully submitted their openings to us so that they could hire bikers like you. These companies believe in Atlanta, cycling and innovation.

The jobs portal was activated in our mobile app, but you can find the mobile friendly bicycle jobs portal here

We Combined Bike + Tech

For the first time ever, we created a "tech" track to combine biking and technology. Atlanta has a huge tech scene and there is quite a bit of overlap with techies and bikes.

What'd we do? Well, we found an awesome iOS developer (who bikes) and launched our first ever ACF mobile app! More so, thanks to our Bicycle Technology Director, we had a bike hack night, a bike tech networking event and more. 

We Combined Bike + Art

This year, we hired a Bicycle Art Director to make sure that we were arsty smartsy. And, golly, did she do a good job. Thanks to our BAD (Awesome acronym, right?) we hosted the first ever Quick Release Art Print Show, The Atlanta Night Market and much more!

We Financially Supported Great Bike Orgs

One of our core values at the ACF is that the more we grow, the more we give: Both in time and financially.

Thus, we built in that 5% of our net profits go to all the nonprofits that helped with the festival, plus, a portion of the New Belgium Beer sold goes to The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Sadly, we don't have the final numbers yet - Our bicycle accountant is still crunching the digits. But the numbers look better than last year.

And, yes, we do have a bicycle accountant: Rebecca at Wells Tarkington. She shreds the Atlanta roads with her kids in tow. 

Will There Be A 2017 ACF?

Ah, the big question. Based on the numbers and experience, it seems like the Atlanta Cycling Festival is, well, wanted. Maybe even needed. Who knows. 

For right now, we'll keep it simple: Yes, there will be a 2017 Atlanta Cycling Festival BUT we need your help.

How Can I Help Make The 2017 ACF A Reality?

That's a wonderful question! Here are 3 easy ways to help make another Atlanta Cycling Festival happen:

  1. Take our survey: We need all the feedback so we can plan and implement an awesome festival.
  2. Purchase our remaining swag: We have a lot of leftover gear that we need to get rid of. Bonus: It's on super flash sale!
  3. Spread the good word: Tell friends, family, lovers, causal enemies all about the Atlanta Cycling Festival. And feel free to use the hashtag #AtlCyclingFest.

Phew. I think that's it for now. We'll be sharing a video or two in the near future. But, until then, thank you for reading, supporting and making the 2016 ACF amazing! Helmets off to you!

Last Minute Festival Info For The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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Holy guacamole! The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival is less than 42 hours away!

We can't wait for the week! Since October, 2015, we've been working to bring you some of the best rides by some of the coolest gosh darn people in Atlanta.

And full disclosure: We've structured the Festival so that no matter what your race, gender, socioeconomic status, lifestyle, nationality, religion or education is, as long as you're on two wheels, you're the raddest person in the world. So come ride with us!

Along those lines, we've done our best to ensure that we only work with ride organizers, event spaces and bars that love bikes, love diversity and love creating a safe and fun space for any type of lifestyle. Frankly, these are the best type of people to work with. And we can't wait for you to meet them. 

So! With our 9+ months/270+ days/6,480+ hours worth of work, here are the final last minute updates from the Atlanta Cycling Festival. 

Atlanta Cycling Festival Mobile App

1. Download The Mobile App!

Hot off the digital presses - The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival iOS app! Plan your rides, create an itinerary, see what Facebook friends are coming, navigate the city and the events at the 2016 ACF!

The app also has a jobs portal! As you may have noticed, our sponsors are bicycle friendly businesses and companies. And, boy oh boy, do they want to hire cyclists! Companies like Wahoo Fitness, CLIF Bar, Suja Juice, REI and more want to hire good looking, smart and Atlanta-lovin' cyclists - AKA you!

Come to a week of bicycle events AND get a new job? Heck yeah!

Of course, special thanks to The Creative Ashoomi Dholakia, The Handsome Jimmy Lo,  The King Carlos Quiñones and The Artistic Catherine A. Moore for making this app a reality. Sadly, we ran out of time for the Android app. =/

2. Get The Remaining Tickets

We still have tickets left for two of our signature events!

  • The Phoenix Bicycle Tour - Join us Saturday, June 11, for a 17 mile ride as we discover where the Phoenix has soared and spread her wings over this great city. Lots of history and context!

             

  • The Big Opening Party - Join us on Saturday, June 11, as we re-purpose the top two stories of the Georgia Tech Hotel Parking Deck! Rooftop mountain biking pump track, bicycle laser tag, bike polo and a lot more!

             

3. Water + Sunscreen + More Water

The weather is looking impeccable for most of the week! And by that we mean blisteringly hot. Bring all the water and layer on the sunscreen. Golden tans are great - Red peeling skin, not so much. 

4. Weather Updates Via Social Media

There will probably be an afternoon thunderstorm or two, which is normal for this humid summer season. If we need to postpone or cancel an event, we'll update you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please check the pages/feeds for real time updates. 

5. Support Partner Bars And Help ABC!

Monday through Thursday, rides will end/take you to our featured bar of the night. While there, make sure to purchase the featured New Belgium Beer - For each New Belgium Beer purchased, NB will give $1 to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Hooray, bike advocacy!

6. Finally, Get The Gear

We'll be selling our 2016 ACF Official Gear during the Festival - Locally designed, Georgia and Minnesotan Made and incredibly stylish. Want it sooner? Then visit our store!

Phew. We think that's it. We can't wait to see all of you on two wheels soon!

Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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From June 11 - June 18, 2016, the Atlanta Cycling Festival is bringing you a week of bicycle rides, classes, parties, art, tech, and more.

We did the math and we have 46+ bicycle events this year. Yes, we know - That's a lot. We want to encourage and get as many people out on bikes as possible (Read more about the ACF Goals here). 

However, there are these pesky things called "costs" and "permit fees." Let's just say, it's not cheap to repurpose a parking deck into a bike-topia, nor is it easy-cash to host a bicycle night market and historic tours. 

Thus, to help offset some of these costs and remain in good financial health  we're hosting a few paid events this year. By purchasing tickets to these events, you're actively saying, "Hey, keep this week of biking magic alive, please." 

And with that, here's our list of, "Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival!"

1. The Phoenix Tour

If you only purchase one ticket, it should be this. Join us Saturday, June 11, on this 17 mile ride as we discover where the Phoenix has soared and spread her wings over this great city. We'll travel around the SW, NW and SE Atlanta, exploring perhaps unfamiliar pockets of history, wonder and context.

  • You'll get an intimate, curated contextual tour
  • Learn about: Hidden flyovers, Dome construction view, subterranean streets, Snake Nation, The Gulch, Atlanta's #1 Most Champion Tree, jazz forests and so much more!
  • Lunch at Elliott Street Pub 
  • Snacks from Clif Bars and Suja Juice
  • Curated taste testing of The Official Tortilla Chip Of The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival: Paqui
  • See and learn wonderful things about Atlanta that you may not have known of before


2. The Big Opening Party!

Join us on Saturday, June 11, as we re-purpose the top two stories of the Georgia Tech Hotel Parking Deck! That's right, we're turning a parking deck into a rad bicycle event space for one evening. This event is going to be, well, awesome. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. So get them fast.

We'll be activating:

3. Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

On Monday, June 13, we will be using old bike saddles, handlebars, brake levers, and other bike parts donated by Starter Bikes and Sopo Bicycle Cooperative to create the bicycle totem!

Personalize your bike totem further by bringing an old bike seat or handlebar that you have shared many riding memories but no longer have a use for.  The class fee is $15 to cover art supplies and hardware (Get ticket here).  Additional donations to Starter Bikes and SOPO will be accepted.

Eventbrite - Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

4. MTB & Brew at SweetWater Brewing & Sope Creek Trail System

What better way to spend a day? Join REI's professional mountain biking instructors for a day to remember. Meet at SweetWater Brewing Company and shuttle in the REI van to Sope Creek Trail System for a dynamic and scenic trail ride accompanied by expert guidance and instruction. High quality full-suspension Ghost Brand mountain bikes are also provided. 

Beer + MTB + Bike Demos = Heaven. Get tickets here

And there you have it! Call to action: Get your tickets and please share this post! See you on two wheels very soon!

2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Promo Video Released!

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Since the start of the Atlanta Cycling Festival, we've been working with the talented, awesome and wonderful team at Tube Creative. Each year, they work with us to create an AMAZING promo video, releasing each year just before the ACF (Here's Year 1 and Year 2). 

We're proud to release our 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Promo Video - Come find your bike moment. 


Again, special thanks to the Tube Creative Team!

Also, special thanks to The Mobile Social for helping us make this a reality, Mike Schatz as the voice over talent and, of course - Our "No autographs, please - ‪#‎BikeFamous" cast: Jung-In, Ned, Barbara, Molly, Zach. Gino, Emily, Cassius and Marley.

Quick Release Art Show - Call For Artists

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Quick Release Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Atlanta Cycling Festival is hosting a ART PRINT SHOW… for bikes!

Artists are asked to submit a portfolio of 10-20 artworks (either weblink or PDF <25MB) to art@atlantacyclingfestival.com. (No spec work. No contests. That’s not how we roll.) Please include your best phone number and e-mail with your submission.

Selected artists will submit art prints to be sold at the Atlanta Cycling Festival and on the ACF website throughout the year. Each artist will submit 20 copies of their final art print to the ACF by June 1st. Final art prints may be of any dimensions, but art prints will be sold for $35 each.

Artists will also have the option to submit art to be printed on limited-edition bicycle jerseys that will be auctioned off during the Cycling Festival. This art must be submitted by May 13th.

  • Deadline for portfolio submission: Sunday, March 27th
  • Notification of acceptance: Sunday, April 3rd
  • Jersey art submission:  Friday, May 13th
  • Art print submission: Wednesday, June 1st

Fine Print

Prints will be sold at select ACF events from June 11th - June 18th, 2016, after which time they will be sold on the ACF website for one calendar year. ACF will sell each art print for $35 and artists will receive 70% of each art print sale.

Jersey will be auctioned off at Quick Release Art Show. Artists will receive 25% from the final sale of the jersey. Well-performing jerseys may be sold on the ACF website throughout the year.

ACF may choose to discount art prints after the end of the festival, but will only do so with the permission of the artist. Artists will retain full copyright of their work and may reclaim any prints left unsold at any time after the end of the festival.

Artists are responsible for printing and delivering final art prints to the ACF. Art prints must be of professional quality, and may be letterpress, screen prints, lithography, high-quality digital prints, etc.

Only professional quality prints will be accepted. The ACF is a family-friendly event and asks that artists keep this in mind when considering the content of their prints. No prints featuring culturally offensive content will be accepted.

The 2016 ACF Grant Annoucement

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The ACF Create Grant

We at the Atlanta Cycling Festival love to create, especially in the city we cherish - Atlanta.

And we want more people to create and make their dreams happen, too. Thus, each year we offer a one time, $2,000 grant called the ACF Create Grant.

The purpose of this grant: To help start and create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure in Atlanta. The ACF Create Grant does this by awarding $2,000 to fund a bike business/idea in the metro region.

The big announcement: Submissions are now open.

Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Here's your chance to get seed funding to start, oh, a bike coffee shop, a bike bar, a bike clothing line, a bike [insert your idea here].

We're also excited to have some amazing judges this year:

Hurry - Submissions will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Apply For ACF Create Grant


The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates

Hold on to your kits, kids. We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival have a lot of exciting updates to pedal through. Grab a water bottle and enjoy!

The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates: Sat, June 11 - Sat, June 18!

Woohoo! We're heading into year #3 for the ACF and, boy oh boy, do we have a lot of great things planned! Some teasers:

  • We're launching the first ever pop-up MTB single track with REI
  • We're activating the first ever Atlanta Cycling Festival Village at Atlanta Streets Alive (Think Olympic Village - But better)
  • We're leading an art + tech + bike series thanks to the help of Wahoo Fitness
  • We're creating a whole "Class/Words" learning series, powered by Bike Law GA
  • We're hosting an "Unseen Atlanta" ride, taking you to places you didn't even know existed in Atlanta
  • We're incorporating rooftops and skylines - That's all we're going to say

We'll have MTB, road, tandem, lights, art, tech, words, volunteering, learning, advocacy, culture, doughnuts, beer and a whole lot more! Realistically, we're looking at 40+ bicycle events for the entire week. Take the whole week off: You'll need it. 

Call To Action: Signup for our festival updates

ACF Create Grant Submissions Are Open - $2,000 Grant

To help create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure, we proudly host The ACF Create Grant. The one time grant gives you $2,000 to start your bike business/idea here in Atlanta, GA. Submissions are now open and will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm. Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Apply for the ACF Create Grant now.

Bicycle Camping - Tickets Are Almost Gone!

Each year we and our good friends at Zipcar host Bicycle Camping to raise money for the year's festival. Permits, beer, swag and doughnuts aren't cheap - This event helps us cover a lot of up-front costs. Plus, it's incredible amount of fun. If you like bikes, beer, camping, yoga and burritos, then you should totally join us. Dates: Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17.

Register For Bicycle Camping now.

Sponsorship Is Now Open

You're $$$ can make the 2016 ACF a reality. Plus get you all sorts of neat digital and in-person perks. If you want your message to reach healthy, active and passionate people that love Atlanta - Then you've come to the right place!

Lean How To Sponsor The ACF now.

Volunteer/Lead A Ride Is Now Open

Want to volunteer during the Festival? Or perhaps you want to host a fun bike ride or event? We love that idea! Around 60% of our events are community driven and organized. Here's your chance to show why you love biking in Atlanta. 

Volunteer/Lead A Ride now.

We Have An Awesome New Website

You might have noticed that our dot com has changed a little bit! We've launched a completely new, super fast, SEO-friendly website. It's mobile ready and will allow us to integrate/share events like never before. We had the honor, privilege and luck of working with the following to make it happen:

Phew! Last big announcement -You're awesome. But you already knew that. We look forward to riding bikes with you in June!

Ding Ding Ding,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team

Attention: Bike Technology Events Are A Go!

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Bike technology is a go!

After the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival, we had a team meeting to discuss what went well and where/how we can improve future ACFs.

After much discussion, we kept coming back to our "big idea": We want the ACF to be the SXSW for bikes in Atlanta - Where people come to Atlanta for the week for bike rides, bike advocacy, bike art, bike technology, bike films, bike music and consumer focused-bike-everything.

Looking at the team, it was clear that we needed to hire some amazingly talented people. Fast. And we did - We hired a Bike Art Director and the (first ever) Bicycle Technology Director (more on them in the future). Once we found the talent, it was clear that they would need a budget.

And that's the purpose of this post: We've found our premier Bike Technology Sponsor - Wahoo Fitness.

Thanks to Wahoo, we've got the initial budget to build out some fantastic bike technology events. Events that have never, ever been done before in Atlanta. Think bike powered machines with 3D mapping lights, digital bike lanes, bike technology meetups and a whole lot more.

What's even cooler: Wahoo Fitness wants to hire local Atlanta talent to help grow their company (See their jobs here). That's right - An Atlanta based bike technology company is purposefully looking to hire technologically talented bicyclists in Atlanta. That's ridiculously fantastic.

So. Stay tuned. The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival is going to be grand. We can't wait for you to attend.

P.S. Interested in sponsoring the 2016 ACF? We're looking for few more awesome thought-leaders in art and tech. Check out ourSponsor The Festival page for more info.

P.S.S. Image grabbed from this awesome video - Ghost Peloton.

The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Officially Official Numbers And Analysis

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Let's just get this out of the way: The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival was a kickstandin', pedal pushin' success! 

Indeed, from what we've heard during the festival and through our follow-up surveys, it was a week of, "Bicycle magic in Atlanta, GA."

We've compiled the numbers, data, monies and a lot more. Here's how the 2015 ACF shaped-up. 

1. The 2015 ACF In 37secs
We were lucky to work with the talented and handsome Matthew Mammola for the entire week! He biked to several events, capturing video, photos and interviewing people. He was kind enough to compile his work into two phenomenal videos for us! See above and see below.

2. We Got New (And Kept) Sponsors!
From 2014 to 2015, we had a 75% sponsor retention rate! That means that awesome folks like Tube Creative, New Belgium Brewing, WABE, Scoutmob, Snyder Cycles, The Spindle and Zipcar liked/believed in us/our mission

What's more, we developed some awesome new sponsors. Some favs: Bond Intelligent Health, Podiumwear, MACC, MBIKES, Hypepotamus and more. Here's the complete list of the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Sponsors. Support them because they believe in Atlanta and biking. We think that's best mix ever.  

3. We Grew By 48.54%
Sure, we could round up and call it 50% growth, but we really like significant figures. This makes us excited because we held more events in 2015 than 2014 (specifically, more on each weeknight, not in one sum). This tells us that, yes, if you hold events, more people will come. This also means that there are more cyclists coming out to events than last year. AKA - The biking community is growing in Atlanta!

4. We Gave Back Over $3,742.38 To The Community
Built into the ACF model is making sure that with everything we do, we give back. From links to rides, tickets, swag and beer sales, everything has a built-in mechanism to give back to the community that supports us. Where did the money go? It went to fantastic orgs/ideas, like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Living WallsMetro Atlanta Cycling Club and many more. 

5. We Helped Start A Bicycle Delivery Business In Areas Lacking Fresh Markets 
Not only did we give the money above, but we also awarded The ACF Create Grant - A $2,000 grant to start a bike business/idea in Atlanta, GA. The winner of this year's grant: Carver Neighborhood Market. Jeff Delp and his fantastic team at CNM used the money to employ neighborhood kids to deliver groceries, by bike, to residents in areas lacking access to fresh food. We think that's rad.

6. We Still Made Money
Despite incorporating "giving back" into our financial model, the ACF still came out net positive. That means we have money in the bank to start building out awesome programs/rides/events for ACF 2016! We've got a list of, oh, 3,762 potential ideas. 

7. We Helped Prove (Again) That Atlanta Is Becoming A Biking City
As we stated, we grew. We think that's because there are more and more bicyclists in Atlanta. We found them, and they found us. And we're pretty sure that those numbers will continue to grow. We love Atlanta and firmly believe that she's on the cusp of huge biking-things, especially in the next 3 years. 

Need more proof? Watch the...

8. 2015 ACF Wrap-Up Video
From the talented and handsome Matthew Mammola (again), here's our 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Wrap-Up video. Grab some earphones, a tissue and relive that 2015 ACF. 

And with that, we're done. For now. Within the next few months, we'll start planning the 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival. With all the fantastic things going on in Atlanta, we can't wait. ACF 2016 is going to be awesome. Stay tuned. 

Until then...

Much Bike Love,
The ACF Team