March 22nd’s 6th annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol was an incredible success!
Approximately 1800 cyclists of all ages and from around the state converged on the gold dome in downtown Atlanta to show support for better bicycling accommodations and safer cycling legislation.
More than 40 metro Atlanta mayors rode in the event, leading the
pack to the steps of the state capitol building.
Police escorted rides descended Atlanta from Roswell, currently Georgia’s
only Bicycle Friendly Community, and nearby Decatur.
Once arrived, cyclists were able to park their bikes and get snacks and refreshments thanks to the generous folks at Bike MS.
Notworthy speakers included the new GOHS Director, Harris Blackwood, as well as Vance Smith, GDOT Commissioner, and a host of supportive metro Atlanta mayors.
Georgia’s new Governor, Nathan Deal, spoke to the crowd about
his concern for childhood obesity and the need for more physical activity.
He concluded by affirming that he “supports our efforts.”
Many thanks to all of the event sponsors, MAMA, GMA, the guest speakers, and, of course, all of the riders who made the 2011 Ride to the Capitol a great success!