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 Creative, REI, Wahoo 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Take our survey: We need all the feedback so we can plan and implement an awesome festival.
- 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!
- 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!