ABOUT THE 2016 EVENT
Greetings, Georgia cyclists and supporters of better bicycling! Please note that the Ride to the Capitol will resume in 2017 and that there is not a ride planned for 2016.
After a very successful 10 years, several key event organizers have moved on to new challenges and opportunities. Event Director Fred Boykin retired from Bicycle South, and Aileen Harris at the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) was promoted to Training Manager. In their absence, the Ride will go on a brief hiatus for 2016.
The 2015 event was nearly perfect: great weather, fantastic crowd, new finish at Liberty Plaza, Governor Deal at the podium and a host of elected officials on the ride. For now, the event pauses on a high note!
Look at some of the accomplishments over the years and be proud of the gains cycling has made in Georgia:
- GDOT adopted a nationally recognized "Complete Streets" policy that ensures bicycling will be safely accommodated on new road projects.
- A three feet safe passing law was enacted in 2011.
- We significantly raised the profile of bicycling issues in Georgia.
- We drew thousands of people to the steps of the state capitol to show support for better laws and for more investment in bike-friendly streets and trails.
- We inspired cities outside of metro Atlanta to mimic the Ride locally with Rides to City Hall and Mayor's Rides.
- Whether on warm sunny days or in freezing flurries, we had fun!
There are way too many people to thank for their support over the years, but there have been a few annual standouts:
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood – this was his idea in the first place!
Georgia Municipal Association & Metro Atlanta Mayors Association – key supporters who backed the event 100%.
Georgia Bikes – developed political messaging and made the event worthy of statewide importance.
Cities of Roswell, Decatur, Atlanta & Sandy Springs – contributed police and all sorts of in-kind support.
MS Society of Georgia – a major sponsor of the last nine annual rides.
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition – provided scores of volunteers every year.
Bicycle South – and all the other local bicycle shops who provided loaner bikes, SAG support, event equipment, volunteers, etc.
Robert Wilhite – and all the other volunteers who helped with ride control and participant safety.
Local Elected Officials – all of the mayors and other electeds who rode or participated every year, including Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (who rode the Decatur route one year) and supported the event in their local communities.
Auxiliary Ride Leaders – the folks who hosted feeder rides from distant points and joined in along the route or met up at the Capitol.
The event sponsors would like to thank you and all the other folks who ever participated in this wonderful event.
We owe you all,
Fred, Brent & Aileen