In a city notorious for its dependence on four-wheeled transportation,
enthusiasts of the two-wheeled alternative will converge on campus
Saturday, May 4, as Emory hosts the fifth annual Bike There Ride
Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign (ABC), Bike There will
kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. on McDonough Field.
The estimated 500 participants will be welcomed by President Bill
Chace and DeKalb Co. CEO Vernon Jones. Maria Saporta, business columnist
for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will emcee the event.
After the welcome and opening remarks, participants will hop on
their bikes and move out into the streets for a 12-mile ride through
DeKalb Co., followed by a return to campus for a three-hour festival
of music, entertainment and refreshments. Both Chace and Jones will
participate in the ride, which will wind through the nearby neighborhoods
of Mason Mill and Medlock Park.
Some people have not biked enough even to forget how much
fun cycling can be, said Chace, who said his typical rides
go for 1722 miles.
According to ABC Director Dennis Hoffarth, the campaign asked Emory
to host the event because of the Universitys commitment to
providing a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus, as well as
its desire for improvements to North Decatur Road. Committed to
enhancing alternative transportation wherever possible, the University
was only too happy to oblige.
We feel it is an honor to host the event, said Brian
Shaw, director of the Office of Alternative Transportation. It
shows that the cycling community sees Emory as an ally in its efforts
to promote cycling as a commuting option. It also brings recognition
to all that Emory has done and will continue to do to make the campus
Among the incentives the University offers to employees who choose
to pedal to work, Shaw said, are guaranteed rides home in case of
emergency; a parking Valu-Pass that enables riders to park cars
in Emory decks up to 12 times per year; and the recently instituted
Shared Cars program, which allows participants in alternative transportation
programs to check out one of seven electric Th!nk cars.
External to Emory, Hoffarth said proposed renovations to North
Decatur Road will remove a major obstacle to bicycle commuting
in the area, adding that Bike There spotlights the tremendous
opportunities we have for adding bike lanes to the roads that really
need them. At the event, Hoffarth said ABC will release a
color-coded map rating every street within three miles of Emory
for cycling safety and accessibility.
Delta Moon Blues Band will perform live Saturday afternoon, and
festival-goers will be treated to trick-cycling demonstrations,
educational exhibits and free massages provided by The Spot Massage
The all-ages event is open to anyone; registration is $5. Participants
can register online at www.active.com
and same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. A limited number of Bike
There T-shirts will be available for $10.