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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. 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.

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

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 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!

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. 

2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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Let's just get this out of the way:

The 2018 Atlanta Cycling Festival will be Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25.

Boy oh boy, we can't wait. Here are all the news and announcements for this year's festival.

We're Proud Of Our 2018 Theme

Here it is: Exploring Atlanta by bike, 5 years in a row.

That's right - We're headed in the 5th year of the festival. The idea for the Atlanta Cycling Festival was born in 2013 after visiting a cycling festival in Cork, Ireland (Check out our humble beginnings on The Mobile Social Blog). 

Since then, we've been exploring and reveling in all the wonders that Atlanta has to offer via two wheels. So many parts of the city can only be fully appreciated when you jump on a bike and experience it with those in the Atlanta bicycle community. 

This year, we plan on doing even more exploring, going places that we've never been and connecting with both old and new friends. We cannot wait.

Family Fun Ride at Arabia Mountains
Our first ride in 2014 - Family Fun Ride at Arabia Mountains

We're Excited To Have The Festival In May

For the past 4 years, the ACF has been in the second or third week of June. There are pros/cons to this but, after much deliberation, we decided to move the festival to May. 

Why? Two big reasons: The weather is markedly cooler (June is hot hot hot hot) and there is a lot less going on in May (Festival season kicks off in June). 

The above reasons will really help us focus the festival and create an even better riding experience. 

Our Event Calendar Is Going To Be The Best Ever

That's right - We've got 4 years under our bike jerseys. That means 4 years of feedback, experiences and moments. This year, we're pairing down our event calendar to primarily include the best of the best events. Look for The Doughnut Ride, The One Ride, Infrastructure Tours, Queer Ride, Pecha Kucha, The Intercontinental Cocktail Ride, Yuba Bike Demos and many more crowd favorites. 

But don't worry - We're going to add some new key events, taking riders to all sorts of incredible places, full of new experiences. And, of course, they'll be plenty of cold IPAs to go around. 

Interested in hosting a ride or event that's never been done before? Fill out our ride info form here

This Year's Volunteer Experience Will Be Incredible

What powers the ACF? Amazing volunteers, handlebars down. Since our first festival in 2014, we've had a stellar group of volunteers help make the ACF a fun, safe and welcoming place. This year, our volunteer team is going to make sure that the experience is the best it can possibly be. 

Interested in volunteering with the 2018 ACF? Sign up to volunteer here!

Sponsorship Is Now Open

Permitting, beer and the silly large amount of Tinkertown Pies we plan to consume don't come cheap. We've had the honor of working with some long time partners and sponsors to make the Atlanta Cycling Festival a reality. And this year, we're adding even more local companies that believe in Atlanta and biking, such as Cardinal Digital Marketing, a top notch Atlanta SEO company.

Won't you help us in making the 2018 ACF a reality? Here's all the 2018 Sponsorship Information

Follow Us To Get All The Festival Updates

Make sure we're connected with us to get all the 2018 info:

And that's all for now. We'll see you Saturday, May 19 - Friday, May 25.

FEATURED PARTNER

VeloCity Atlanta

We are big fans of Grady. If you've been in a serious bike wreck, you know how important Grady is. That's why we're excited for VeloCity Atlanta - A new cycling event benefiting Grady Hospital. 

Starting from the field of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and ending with a great party at Georgia International Plaza in downtown Atlanta, this fundraising ride will give back to an institution that has given us so much and offers fully-supported routes, plenty of rest stops and distances ranging from 100-miles to a 5-mile closed course city ride. 

More info and to register, visit the VeloCity Atlanta website 

Ride, Event, and Volunteer Submissions are Open!

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Have you ever thought? Gee I wish there was some sort of amazingly awesome and stupendously super cycling festival where I could help others to discover Atlanta on two wheels… Well think no longer because do we have the answer for you!

We are excited to announce that Ride, Event and Volunteer submissions for 2019 are open! What makes the Atlanta Cycling Festival truly great is…well frankly you. That’s why we need your biking greatness. If you want to lead a ride, host an event, or volunteer to help make this year’s festival better than ever, this is your chance.

So what ideas do you have? Perhaps a Slowest Bike competition, or maybe a tour of Atlanta’s finest Pizza Establishments? We know that you are just brimming with fun and creative ideas, so send them along to us and we’ll be in contact for the next steps.

The deadline for rides will be April 5th, so don’t waste any time and come show people what we love about life on two wheels!


Lead a ride or host an event at the Atlanta Cycling Festival

FEATURED SPONSOR

For the past 4 years, Bruce Hagen and his Bike Law Georgia team have been huge partners and sponsors of the Atlanta Cycling Festival. Bruce and his team are avid cyclists, lovers of beer and incredibly active in the Atlanta bike community.

Each year about 50,000 Americans are injured, and approximately 500 killed, while simply riding their bicycles. And, despite the growth of the Atlanta BeltLine and other metro Atlanta bike plans, our region remains a dangerous one for bikers. Georgia drivers continue to be aggressive or inattentive to bicycles with which they share the roads.

If you're ever injured in a bike crash/wreck (something we sincerely hope will never ever ever ever happen), we confidently recommend the personal injury attorneys at Bruce A. Hagen Law.


Spring has Sprung! How to Get Your Bike Ready and Where to Ride it!

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The first day of Spring is here and its time to pull that bike out of the garage/shed/broom closet/whatever. If winter has been keeping you in (like the rest of us) then it’s time to dust off those wheels and get your bike into top shape for the Atlanta Cycling Festival 2019 (May 11th-17th)!!!


As the weather gets warmer you might ask yourself…

Where is my bike? Do I have a bike? Does my bike work? Is my bike the right bike for ACF?

Well we have the answers for you!

I don’t know, it’s your bike. If you don’t you then you should! If you’re not sure, then don’t worry because we can help with that! A resounding yes!


Every bike can be the right bike because what matters is how you want to ride. Your ability, Your Bike, Your Atlanta is part of our big statement for this year. Some people ride as if they are in the Tour De France, some ride at a nice leisurely pace, some love all types of riding. We want to give everyone a space at ACF so that you can fully experience your bike story!

Some rides will be fast, some will be slow, some will be off-road. So, while perhaps your bike might not be the best option on certain rides, your bike is most definitely right for ACF!

Getting That Bike Ready to Ride

First, Got a Bike?

If you don’t have a bike, or are thinking of getting a new one, then this is the time to do it! If you’re unsure of what you want, a local bike shop is a great source of information. They’ll be happy to help you out and let you try out a bike or two.

As for where to go, we highly recommend:

To be completely transparent here, these are all Sponsors of ACF, but we know you’ll get great service and an amazing bike at any of these spots.

Second, Tune Up!

Wash the Bike - We think that one of the most beautiful things in the world is a sparkling clean bike. Dirt, grime, and gunk have probably built up as you’ve ridden and it’s time to get that stuff off. A few tips:

  • Spraying a bike with high water pressure isn’t the best idea, a bucket, sponge, and soap will do the trick just fine.
  • A Chain Cleaning Kit such as those from REI make chain cleaning a breeze!
  • Dry, Dry, Dry! Dry that bike completely so that it doesn’t rust.

Lubricate the Chain - After that amazing cleaning you just gave the bike, it’s time to lubricate it so that your ride will be nothing but smooth sailing…rolling. If you don’t know which lubricant to use, then talking to your local bike shop should clear it up. Take a gander at this VIDEO to learn how to do it like a pro.

So what’s left? Now that the bike is clean and lubricated be sure to check that these things are in working order:

  • Tire pressure – pump if necessary
  • Wheel Spokes
  • Brake Levers
  • Brake Pads
  • Derailleurs
  • Chain

Everything good? Not sure? Way too busy to handle all this right now? No problem we understand. Head on over to your friendly local bike shop have them do a tune up. Once finished, it will be like #newbikeday all over again!

Third, Ride, Ride, Ride!!

Now comes the really fun part! Put on that helmet, charge up those lights, and get out and ride! If you need a few suggestions, then we are happy to oblige with our…

Mini Atlanta Bike Riding Guide!

Atlanta has come a long way over the last few decades in terms of being bikeable. Bike infrastructure such as bike lanes, and bike share programs like Relay have improved accessibility for riders of all types. There is still a lot to do, but awesome organizations like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) are working hard to make the city a better place for biking.

Safety First

First and foremost, we always advocate for, and require helmets on ACF rides. A good helmet could be the one thing keeping a potentially bad day becoming a much worse day.

Other safety tips we recommend:

  • Awareness – Always know what’s going on around you and ride defensively
  • Take the Lane when appropriate – This one can seem a bit intimidating, but it is your right and sometimes safer to take the lane when you are unable to stay towards the right side of the road.
  • Rules of the Road- Like a car, bikes are considered vehicles of the road and therefore are subject to the same rules.
  • Sidewalks vs. Roads – Always ride on the road not the sidewalk. It can be dangerous for you and pedestrians. Also, it is illegal if you are over 12 years old.

These are just a few tips, for more information to pursue at your leisure, check out these great organizations:

We understand if you’re feeling a bit intimidated about riding the streets of Atlanta. Some roads like Dekalb Ave can be scary, that’s why we recommend this amazing Map to help you get to your destination safely.

So With the Safety Stuff Out of the Way, Time to Ride!

The bike is good to go, you’re helmeted up, now where to ride? Well of course at the Atlanta Cycling Festival is the obvious answer, but since is that not until May we thought we'd give you some suggestions to warm up those legs.

Paved Trails

  • Beltline – This one is evident, it’s a great stretch of paved path with many wonderful watering holes along the way. Just be sure to yield to pedestrians on busy days. Or put some bigger tires on that bike, and head over to the emptier unpaved sections for some off-road Beltlining! Bike type: Any (unless unfinished portions of Beltline then Hybrid/Mountain advisable)
  • Proctor Creek Greenway – This 7 mile spur of the beltline is a newer section that will become part of the Emerald Corridor which will lead up to the Chatahoochee River. A pleasantly beautiful ride through the westside of the city. Bike Type: Any
  • South River Trail – This shorter stretch of paved path sometimes makes you feel like your out in the wilderness all the while still being within the city. This path eventually will run out to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County. Bike Type: Any
  • Stone Mountain Loop – A classic that sees riders all week long. From downtown Atlanta and back the entire loop is about 40 miles, a great way to get those legs in shape for the Espresso Ride! Bike Type: Any

Road and Off-road

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Well whether you’re looking for more road riding, mountain biking, or gravel riding, here are a few suggestions:

  • Silk Sheets – While not actually in Atlanta, this terrific road ride is very close. With rolling hills and multiple distances to choose from, this route takes you through the beautiful area around Serenbe. Though the route is on active roads, drivers are accustomed to cyclists. Check out the TeamEndured website for information on the different routes. Bike Type – Road Bike
  • Southside Park – Built by the amazing people at MTB Atlanta, Southside park is the only purpose built Mountain Biking trail inside the perimeter. When finished it will have three loops ranging from Beginner to Advanced. Take a look here to see what parts are ready to ride! Bike Type – Mountain
  • Dirty Sheets – Another route outside of the city, that sees frequent Atlanta residents. This 20 mile gravel route is a blast to ride and takes you through some of the amazing backcountry of South Fulton. Bike Type – Gravel/Cross/Mountain
  • The Roads of the City – Atlanta is an amazing city, with so much to offer and in our humble opinion, the best way to experience it all is by bike. Hop in the saddle and blaze your own trail through Downtown, Midtown, Edgewood, Westside, Mechanicsville and more! Bike Type – Whatchya Brung

Riding Groups and Events

There are a ton of great riding groups and clubs in Atlanta. So many that there’s far too many to list here, so if you’re interested in finding different groups to ride with then check out sadlebred The site is a great resource for seeking out rides. You’ll find them all welcoming and accepting of all people and riders, but it is good to read the descriptions and know your current ability before jumping on them.

Here are a few rides and groups that we highly recommend:

  • TourDeLanta – An active group of Mountain, Hybrid, and off-road bicyclers who ride various urban single-track loops around Atlanta during the week and different Mt. Bike trails all over Georgia on the weekends. If you’re interested in getting into mountain biking but haven’t taken that leap yet, then their weekday ride (Thursdays 6:30) is a great way to start!
  • Toecutters – Like backpacking? Like biking? Well why not Bikepacking? The Toecutters crew are all tough as nails and the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. When not braving inclement weather to roll out into the wilderness, they have two featured rides in the city. The perfect early morning road ride #MashtoBRASH (Wednesdays at 6:00 am) and the best way to close out the weekend, #SundaytoMonday (Bi Monthly, Sunday, 10:30 am).
  • Velo City – This is not only a great new ride/event in the city, it’s also for a great cause! Velo City benefits Grady hospital, helping them to continue the amazing work being done over there. Featuring multiple distances, you can find your own pace in this annual ride. The event takes place May 4th, so don’t waste any time and register soon!
  • Gear Act – This group is all about getting people active, on the streets of Atlanta, and having a great time doing it. They feature a late night no drop ride that is fantastic, an annual Silver Comet Ride to Alabama, and more!
  • The Mobile Social – A terrific ride for those who want to an easy social ride where you’re not struggling to talk between heavy breaths. Occurring on the Second Thursday of each month, this ride changes routes each time to show off different neighborhoods in Atlanta and the best part is, at the end there’s Beer!

That's a great list to get you started, and if it feels like a lot to take in right now, don't worry because a lot of these rides and groups such as Tour De Lanta and Gearact will be featured in this year's Festival.

Get out on two wheels and see you in May!!

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