By: The staff reporter of Buckhead
▲Atlanta welcomes a cycling festival in Buckhead. Many thousands are expected to participate. They come from the beautiful rich five and many friends and visitors as far as Japan, China, Canada and New York City.
Biking is a feature of the beautiful rich five of Dekalb and Fulton counties.
Biking is a way of going to school or to work.
You will find it hard to bike your way around expressways such as 400, 20, 75 or 85 everyday.
Biking is a global sport too.
Buckhead takes the lead in north Atlanta in promoting the sport, welcoming thousands of guests coming from places as far as Japan, Korea, Canada, China and New York City.
It is be-fitting to hear the sounding horn of the Mayor of Buckhead, Sam Massell welcoming many thousands to Atlanta's Cycling Festival. Vintage Harley Davidson bikes are included. Hotels are filling up with guests.
Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell issued a friendly welcome to the Atlanta Cycling Festival, scheduled for Saturday June 7th to Saturday14th. “Bicycling is a fast-growing sport, healthy pastime, and means of mobility”, he acknowledged, “and we encourage the public to recognize the benefits cycling provides."
At the same time, the Coalition issued a plea to cyclists, motorcyclists, and auto drivers to all be aware of and respect each other’s rights, and for all to obey the relevant laws of the roadway.
Mayor Massell is expected to ride a Harley Davidson, according to sources familiar with the festival.
He offered the following advice to those many thousands expected to join in a week of festivites.
"A WORD TO THE WISE (and we think you are)
With spring-like weather; with schools out for summer vacation;
with increasing numbers of bicyclists, and
with Buckhead welcoming more environmentally-conscious aging resident,
ALL parties (and partys) need to improve care and concern.
IF you ride a bicycle (or motorcycle) and feel
too often that auto drivers don’t respect your rights
or concern themselves with your safety;
OR if you are the auto driver and feel too often the
bicycle (or motorcycle) rider doesn’t obey the laws
or concern themselves with your safety,
THEN, many times, both of you turn out to be right (or wrong?).
Bicyclists have the right to ride in regular roadway lanes, two abreast. Bicyclists should use the bicycle lanes, where provided. Bicyclists are to obey all traffic laws. Bicyclists over 14 are not to ride on sidewalks. Motorcycles must have mufflers. Motorcyclists should take care to obey noise ordinances
not to disturb residents (and pets). Motorcyclists must stay off sidewalks and pay for curbside parking!" That was a message from former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell.
Bikes for Commuting to School and Work
Buckhead is known for sidewalks and bike friendly roads, for fun and and commuting to school or work.
Many U.S. cities including Atlanta are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters.
Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60% during the last decade, from 488,000 in 2000 to 786,000 annually during the 2008-2012 period.
This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Commuting Survey.
In recent years, using state grants, many communities in DeKalb and Fulton Counties have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking.
For example, many cities such as Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Buckhead - north Atlanta - and Johns Creek have invested in bike lanes and more pedestrian-friendly streets.
While bicyclists account for just 0.6 percent of all commuters, some of the nation's largest cities have more than doubled their rates since 2000. Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle commuting rate, at 6.1%, up from 1.8% in 2000. In Minneapolis, the rate increased from 1.9% to 4.1%.
Biking by men is double that of women ..
Georgia has the lowest rate of Biking in the US ..
The West parts of the US had the highest rate of biking to work at 1.1%, and the South including the state of Georgia had the lowest rate at 0.3%.
Among large cities, Portland, Ore., had the highest bicycle-commuting rate at 6.1%.The median commute time for those who bike to work was about 19.3 minutes. Men were more likely to bike to work than women were. The rate of bicycle commuting for men was more than double that of women, 0.8% compared with 0.3%.
Those with a graduate or professional degree or higher and those with less than a high school degree had the highest rates of biking to work, at 0.9% and 0.7%, respectively, 1.5% of those with an income of $10,000 or less commuted to work by bicycle, the highest rate of bicycle commuting by any income category.
African-Americans had the lowest rate of biking to work at 0.3%, compared with some other race or two or more races who had the highest rate at 0.8%.
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