METRO COUNTY MAYORS LED 1,200 GEORGIANS IN BIKE RIDE TO GEORGIA’S CAPITOL
Participants ride in support of a bicycle-friendly state
More than 1,200 cyclists including mayors and other elected officials, biked their way to the state capitol building today as part of the third-annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol event, a grassroots bike ride to rally support for improved conditions for bicycling in Georgia. The ride culminated with leaders speaking from the capitol steps to remind Georgians of the importance of bicycling and raising support for the development of regional-scale bicycle networks across the state.
“I want the mayors, the members of the General Assembly, and the people of Georgia to know that the Department of Transportation is about more than simply highways,” State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans said. “There are roughly 400 projects under construction that include bike facilities. The Department is going to work vigorously with local governments to find the necessary funding to develop more bike and pedestrian pathways.”
The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) and 23 business, municipal, and non-profit sponsors staged the event. Rides departed from Decatur and Roswell with Mayors Bill Floyd (Decatur) and Jere Wood (Roswell) riding the length of their routes. Other public officials from the region joined along the way, including Mayors Kim Carter (Covington), Rick Roberts (Ball Ground), Donnie Henriques (Woodstock), Mickey Thompson (Douglasville), Billy Copeland (McDonough), Bill Dunaway (Marietta), Eva Galambos (Sandy Springs), Willie Oswalt (Lake City), Nancy Harris (Duluth), Lorene Lindsey (Locust Grove), and Conyers Councilmember Vince Evans. The routes converged for the final stretch to the State Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, State Transportation Board Chairman Mike Evans, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Bob Dallas, Senator David Adelman, Representatives Harry Geisinger, Mary Margaret Oliver, Sean Jerguson, and Wendell Williard were all present at the Capitol to support the riders.
“We realize in the metro Atlanta area that we are faced with the critical need of providing improved transportation conditions, which includes providing alternative methods of transportation,” said Douglasville Mayor and MAMA Chairman Mickey Thompson. “We are challenged when it comes to alternative transportation because we are limited in our means. We hope that the bike ride will serve as a catalyst to provide our communities with these alternate means by gaining support from our important allies at the Capitol.”
Organizing committee member David Crites of GEORGIA BIKES! said, “As word spreads about Georgia Rides To the Capitol, involvement continues to grow. Last year we had nearly 1,100 riders join us, this year we had over 1,200.” The number of participating mayors continues to grow as well from 2 in 2006, to 8 in 2007, to 12 in 2008.
Decatur City Commissioner and Bicycle South storeowner Fred Boykin served on the ride’s organizing committee. “Ultimately, the goal of our annual ride is to improve quality of life by raising awareness of cyclists’ rights, responsibilities, and safety,” said Boykin. “However, if this ride encouraged anyone to cycle for health, recreation, or transportation, then we were successful.”
Georgia Rides To The Capitol 2008 was sponsored by Cox MS-150 Atlanta Challenge, Georgia MS-150 Savannah Challenge, ChoicePoint, Hope-Beckham Inc., Decatur First, Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, and Georgia Municipal Association; Cities of Roswell, Decatur, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs; and Grady Health Systems, Southern Bicycle League, Clif Shot, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., Bicycle South, FreeFlight, Cycleworks, Roswell Bicycles, Bike Roswell!, Georgia Bikes!, North Georgia Bicycle Dealers Association, Tour de Georgia, and Georgia MultiSport Production.
2008 EVENT POSTER
The Georgia Rides To The Capitol 2008 event poster is available for viewing and printing by clicking here for a PDF.
The poster is sized to print best on 11x17" paper, but 8.5x11" will work if you choose "Fit to Printable Area" in the "Print Scaling" part of your print dialog box.
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