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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. 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.  

2. 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!

3. 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. 

4. 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.

5. 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. 

6. 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...

7. 2015 ACF Wrap-Up Video

From the talented and handsome Matthew Mammola, 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

We're Looking For Two Talented People For ACF 2016

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The Atlanta Cycling Festival is a weeklong bicycle Festival, proudly made in Atlanta, Georgia.

Drawing inspiration from European bicycle festivals, the ACF took off the kickstand and shifted into the big ring in 2014, with the first ACF successfully pedaling into 2,000+ Atlanta cyclists’ hearts. Based on feedback and surveys, the ACF again pumped the tires and wheelied into another successful year in 2015, this time bringing out 3,000+ Atlanta cyclists.

Based (again) on feedback and success, we’re poised to #BikeATL for another successful year come 2016, all while staying true to our community and festival goals.

Broadly,though, the Atlanta Cycling Festival wants to become the SXSW for bikes in Atlanta: Where people take a week off work, travel to Atlanta to experience bike rides, bike art, bike tech, bike films, bike music and all things biking in the city that we love – Atlanta. (Note: We don’t make small goals here).

And that’s where we need help. Maybe your help.

We’ve got a lot of big things planned for the 2016 ACF, but in order to help achieve our goals, we’re looking for two key players. These positions are paid – We value your time and will pay for it, as much as we can. 

Here are the two open positions:

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Bike Technology Director:
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With wearables, apps, alternative energy options and more, right now it’s a great time to be in tech. And we want to bring that to the ACF. For this position, you will be responsible for:
  • Concepting, organizing and realizing 2-4 bike technology events. Think bike tech hack night, powering an event only with bikes, wearables challenge, light-up the night with Bluetooth connected/synced bike lights… You get the idea.
  • Bringing in tech brands/businesses/ideas to help make these events happen. This will mean talking to people and helping them understand the vision of ACF, connecting the dots on why that’s important and then making the magic happen. A great thing to do, especially if you want to carve a niche for yourself in the bike tech world. 
  • Other responsibilities: Attend all ACF meetings, work closely with festival director and ACF team, be in Atlanta and able to help/organize/lead events during the 2016 ACF.
  • Must haves: A bike/be a bicycle rider, work well in teams (collectively and independently), be able to delegate, able to manage people/volunteers, 100% honest/truthful, able to admit weaknesses and shortcomings, a positive attitude and a desire to positively change Atlanta through cycling.
  • Nice-to-haves: “Know how to talk tech” – Coding, programming, electronics, awesome “nerd” stuff like that, previous event experience, startup/tech connections.
  • Managing expectations: This is most assuredly a part-time, side-gig position. You will be paid for your work at the end of ACF 2016. Compensation is based on how well the ACF does. The more we, “make” the more we can, “give” – To you, to nonprofits, to the Atlanta cycling community. 
  • Apply Here (application closes Sept 26th)
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Volunteer & Digital Resource Director:
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We’re looking for someone that loves, loves, loves (!) working with people. Someone who is also very detailed oriented, not afraid to pump out a well-organized Excel doc that is color-coded, alphabetized and easy to understand. For this position, you will be responsible for: Organizing Volunteers for ACF 2016:
  • Organizing Volunteers for ACF 2016: We will hold volunteer trainings and ride leader trainings, then assigning those people to events/nights/tasks for ACF.
  • Organize materials and routes for ACF 2016: One of the, “hardest” parts of this position is making sure all the routes, descriptions, needs and other digital items are given by event hosts. 
  • Other responsibilities: Attend all ACF meetings, work closely with festival director and ACF team, be in Atlanta and able to help/organize/lead events during the 2016 ACF.
  • Must haves: A bike/be a bicycle rider, work well in teams, be able to delegate, able to manage people/volunteers, 100% honest/truthful, able to admit weaknesses and shortcomings, desire to change Atlanta through cycling.
  • Nice-to-haves: Previous event experience.
  • Managing expectations: This is most assuredly a part-time, side-gig position. You will be paid for your work at the end of ACF 2016. Compensation is based on how well the ACF does. The more we, “make” the more we can, “give” – To you, to nonprofits, to the Atlanta cycling community. 
  • Apply Here (application closes Sept 26th)

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Interested? We’d love for you to apply. Our goal is to make these positions game-changers for you and ACF.

How To Get Ready For The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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How To Get Ready For The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival is almost here! We've got 40+ bike events all over Atlanta! If you haven't yet, check out our Atlanta Cycling Festival Events Calendar.

So! To get you ready for all the bike fun, we've put together this step-by-step guide! Follow it exactly and you're bound to have wonderful and memorable 2015 ACF.

Step 1: Watch The Promo Video
Our great friends at Tube Creative have put together yet another amazing promo video (check out the 2014 promo video). Discover what biking in Atlanta means to you at The Atlanta Cycling Festival!

2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival from tube on Vimeo.

Step 2: Get A Bike

If you haven't taken your bike out of storage in the last 9.29 years... chances are, you need a new bike. If you're lookin' for love on two wheels, we recommend the following fantastic bike shops:

Step 3: Tune-Up Your Bike
If you're set on that 9.29 year old bike... Well, then at least take it out and get it tuned up. You want it to be ready to roll. Please see the above shops. They do amazing wrench work. Or! Call Snyder Cycles Road Wrench - They'll come to you to fix your bike!

Step 4: Get All The Supplies
For a successful [and safe] Atlanta Cycling Festival, we recommend that you have these items with you at all times:

  • Helmet
  • Bike lock
  • Bike lights
  • Bike tubes
  • TONS of water (It's June, people - it will be hot)
  • A few snack bars
  • Charged phone

Also, since it's June, you will perspire. Like, probably buckets full. Proper clothing will help with this. Our favorite place to get the right (and super fly) attire: The Spindle ATL.

Step 5: Sport The Jersey
Another thing that will help with the heat: An awesome ACF jersey. Well, actually, it might do the opposite - because we're sure you're going to look hott in it < - - - Yes, two ts. Podiumwear put together these for us and we couldn't be happier with them!
Podiumwear Swanky Jersey  Podiumwear Swanky Jersey 2

Podiumear - Your Source For One Sexy Lookin' Bike Jersey®. 

Step 6: Follow Us On Social Media For Last Minute Updates
All day-of event updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook event pages. If there are any last minute changes/updates, go there. Oh, and we're on Instagram

P.S: Official ACF hashtags: #AtlCyclingFest #BikeATL

Step 7: Clear Your Calendar
Again, we've got 40+ bike events from June 13th-June 20th. Clear your calendar. For the whole week. 

  • Tour de BeltLine: This ride explores the current and future Atlanta BeltLine project on the completed sections of paved trails and nearby bike-friendly roads. Proceeds go to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Awesome orgs.
  • Easy Breezy Bike Part Art:  Learn from artist Catherine A. Moore how to take old bicycle rims and other bike parts and make some amazing, artistic BIKE CLOCKS!
  • "Bikes Vs Cars" - Georgia Premiere Documentary Screening! Atlanta VeloCity Magazine is proud to bring you this opportunity to take a broader look at the issues, challenges and obstacles that cities and towns across the globe face when striving to become bike-friendly.
  • Living Walls Bicycle Tour: The ACF is partnering with the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club to take you to see some of the best Living Walls Murals in Atlanta! Proceeds from the ride will go to making ACF and Living Walls 2016 a reality, as well as MACC's awesome cycling programs. A trifecta of great causes. 

Did we mention that there are over 40+ biking events? Events to have fun at? If you honestly don't have a good time during June 13th-June 20th it's probably because you're dead inside... And you should see a happy doctor about that. Soon.

Phew! That's 9 Steps! We think you can handle it. We can't wait to ride with you!

Much Bike Love,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team


WABE Is Giving Away Two Bikes From The Atlanta Cycling Festival

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Full disclosure #1: We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival love, love and love NPR.

All Things Considered? More like All Things Amazing.

Marketplace? Only the best financial news, like, ever. 

Splendid Table? AKA Hunger Town. 

Fresh Air? We'd get in a bar fight for Terry Gross any day, anytime, anywhere.

Full disclosure #2: We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival love, love and love our local NPR affiliate, WABE, for bringin' 'em to us. And keeping us informed with their great Atlanta news coverage and interviews.

Sure, WABE has been critiqued for its enjoyment and promulgation of the harshly termed, "old people jams" (AKA - Classical music). 

But, in our humble opinion, they've really upped their game with a new programming schedule. Now, you get local news/info all morning and international coverage during the day! Oh, and you can still listen to classical music all day, everyday, with their app. 

So, when we got the chance to work with WABE, we jumped at the opportunity. And we're pretty darn happy with the results.

Why?

Because you now have the chance to win TWO (2) fixed gear MBIKES on Thursday, April 16th, from 10am-2pm. 

MBIKES - The Man In BlackMBIKES - The Regal

That's right - WABE is giving away two MBIKES during their Spring Fund Drive, care of The Atlanta Cycling Festival. You could win The Man In Black and The Regal, two fixed gear bikes that are not only beautiful, but ridiculously fun. 

What's even better - You'll get to hear ol' Lois Reitzes talk about them on air! That's right, Lois Reitzes, the curator and champion of classical music everywhere, will be talking about fixed gear, single speed bikes. On public radio. For you to hear.
Lois Reitzes Loves Bikes

Lois Reitzes: Educator on the finer points of baroque era composers and single speed bicycles
We. Love. This.

So! How do you get these great bikes? Simple: Donate to WABE during their Spring Pledge Drive this Thursday, April 16th, from 10am-2pm.


Sadly, there are only two bikes to win.

But! No worries! MBIKES will be at The Opening Bash (Saturday, June 13th) giving bike demos! You'll get to try out all their bikes on the BeltLine, perhaps while jammin' to some classical tunes by ol' Franz Schubert. We think Lois would agree with and appreciate this.

Announcing The Atlanta Traffic Festival (Formerly The Atlanta Cycling Festival)

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A very wise and fresh philosopher once said, “Unawareness Is The Only Sin, And If You Were Aware You Would Know.” - Jaden Smith

We at the ACF take inspirational quotes seriously. We’re constantly analyzing ourselves to make sure our lives/persecutions/attitudes align with Daily Inspirational Quotes.

During our last Chakra meeting, the topic of gas and cars came up. Always living the self-examined life and relating that to financial gain, we quickly did the math: gas is cheap. Really inexpensive these days. We’re talking cheaper than a month’s supply of “Drill, Baby, Drill!” bumper stickers.

Thus, being the completely rational and sentient beings that we are, we came to a team decision: with gas prices so low, it only made financial, cultural and spiritual sense to dump our bikes, hop to the pump and jump in our cars.

Despite articles here,  herehere, here, here, here and here about how Atlanta has the worst traffic and the increasing number of people clamoring for a remedy, we’ve realized that four wheels is, indeed, better than two. Remember the charity we showed one another upon the I-20 tundra during Snowpocalypse(s) 2014? Recall streets made supremely FUBAR by Freaknik! 

We’ve been on our bikes for so long, we forgot how truly enjoyable AND fulfilling it is to be ‘traffic” - stuck in it, held up by it and, frankly, be it.
Freedom Means Being In A Traffic Jam
Buckhead, Friday, 5:12pm. AKA - Freedom on 4 wheels.
And kudos to the Honorable J. Nathan Deal and the elected officials who have boldly chosen to turn up their collective noses at creating a comprehensive solution for effective transportation in Georgia. They know this sublime sprawl needs more roads. Roads will lead opportunity to Atlanta, just as they did to (the now defunct empire of) Rome. They have clearly embraced that for which we are known for - Traffic! Congestion! Bottlenecks! We don’t call this inaction, or “sticking your head in the sand” – we call it visionary. Straight up future-forward thinking.

We LOVE being in traffic: It allows us to text (maybe sext?), watch YouTube videos, do our makeup, shave, and generally rage against the Machine, as well as all our fellows’ machines, which they clearly are unable to drive so well as we.

Thus, we’re rebranding the Atlanta Cycling Festival to the Atlanta Traffic Festival.
The Atlanta Traffic Festival
Comrades, eschew two wheels for four, get back to your hatchbacks, and raise your fists/fingers/blood pressure to Glorious Gridlock, in all its majesty! Get in your car and join us in June, 2015!

What will we be doing during this carbon-footprint festival of bonding?

Here’s a preview of some of our events:

  1. Rushhour Happy Hour: We will all sit in traffic at 5:12 p.m. on a Friday at Perimeter.
  2. Snowmagedden Reunion Tour: Remember the thrill of abandoning your car on the roadside to walk home after 11 hours trying to drive 2 miles? Or be stuck overnight, hoping that Chipper Jones would save you??? Let’s do it again! Expect to have the wonderful weather of June to dictate attire. 
  3. Dukes of Hazard Lights: We’ll meet at Woodruff Park and drive up Peachtree, stopping every 200ft in the right lane with our hazard lights on. It’s cool: we have our hazards on, we’ll be like, four minutes.
  4. Eighty-Six I-85: All sorts of things snarl Atlanta traffic – cameras, protests, boats, zebras! Thus, we’re going to see what it will take to stop traffic on the Connector. A chorus of singers from Shakespeare’s Tavern? A gaggle a geese? Baton Bob with his whistle? We’ll soon find out. 
  5. Guess That Exit: We’ll take you to various historical parts of the city just off the Interstate. You’ll have to guess what exit we got off on.
  6. Autobahn de Leon: Drive your fastest from the Varsity (the world’s LARGEST drive-in) down Ponce de Leon to downtown Decatur, with bonus points for making the Moreland/Ponce intersection without hitting the red light.
And these are just a few events! It’ll be a week of “in your car action” here in Atlanta, culminating in the Grady Curve Formal, the ball where we put on our ritziest duds, grab that special someone and slow eeeeeverything down.

Now you’re probably asking, “How can I make this a reality? What A.M. station can I tune into to learn more? Is this red light long enough for me to Google it?”

Well, we’re glad you asked. The BEST way to left-hand turn successfully and help this Festival is to buy the first ever "I Traffic ATL" shirt!

Atlanta Traffic Festival Tshirt

Buy me and make the ATF a reality!
Darn if that isn't a good looking shirt! Proceeds from the shirt will go to make the 2015 ATF a reality!
We can't wait for June! Get your car tuned and ready to go - we'll bring the traffic, the tunes and the t-shirt!

*Special thanks to Kyle Torok of his contribution to this post. 

Here's How You Can Sponsor The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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Sponsor The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

We’re starting to get excited over here at The Atlanta Cycling Festival! Why? In less than 90 days, we’ll be kicking off the 2nd annual Festival. Last year, we had 2,000 + cyclists for the week and over 32 events all over the city. This year, there’s going to be more. A lot more. Think bike demos, more parties, chances to win some great gear, bike volunteering and bike business creation.

If you haven’t marked off June 13th – June 20th on your calendar, you need to do that, well, right now. 

We have four Sponsorship Levels:

  • The Little Ring ($100)
  • The Big Ring ($250)
  • Drivetrain ($1,000)
  • The Whole Bike ($2,500)

With each of these levels comes some great perks. Our favorite is at the Big Ring and Drivetrain Level where you/your brand get to host a ride/event! Great exposure and access to your "market" - If that market is thousands of awesome cyclists that care about what they wear, eat, drink and their lovely city of Atlanta. 

Read About The Sponsorship Levels

#2: Get Vendor/Booth Space At Our Opening and Closing Expo/Parties
The Festival is bookended by the Opening Bash and Closing Bash. We structure these parties to incorporate an "expo" like feel, where cyclists are exposed to bike vendors, bike companies, bike orgs and more. At both Bashes, you can sell you goods (clothes, gear, memberships, ride registration, etc) all while enjoying a New Belgium Beer. 

The pricing is extremely low-barrier (we did this purposefully) - $45 for a 9'x9' space. If you're looking for great access to your target demographic, you want to be at both of these parties. 


Got more questions? No problem! Email us at twowheelsgood {at} atlantacyclingfestival dot com.

See you in less than 90 days!
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