GOHS Capitol to Coast 2021: Macon

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will be debuting “Capital to Coast 2021” on May 3-7, 2021. The inaugural launch of this campaign will include a 5-city educational tour, with stops in Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Savannah, and Brunswick. To help decrease fatality numbers, the Capital to Coast 2021 tour will focus on issues like helmet safety, the “3 Feet Law,” tips for both motorists and cyclists on sharing the road, and other bicycle safety issues.

The Macon event will begin and end at Tattnall Square Park located at 1155 College St, Macon, GA 31201, the main parking lot is located on Oglethorpe St. More information.

Macon Bike Party: Ocmulgee Exploration

Macon Bike Party is a FREE, slow-paced community bicycle ride for people of all ages and skills levels. Come enjoy our great city and its neighborhoods from a unique perspective. Join Bike Walk Macon Thursday, April 8 for Macon Bike Party’s Ocmulgee Exploration! Revisit the new Walnut Creek Connector Trail and celebrate the newest section of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail that connects the Otis Redding Bridge to the River Trail in the Ocmulgee National Monument. More information. 

U Create Macon student-athletes win national awards

U Create Macon student-athletes win national awards

When the National Interscholastic Cycling Association announced its annual awards on March 15, the U Create Macon team had reason to be proud. Actually, two reasons!

Richone Jackson won the Specialized Student-Athlete Leadership Award and Jaddarious Taylor received the GU Energy Extraordinary Courage Award. The awardees are members of the U Create Macon Bike Team and the Middle Georgia Composite Team, and are the only Georgians to bring home NICA awards.

“Richone and Jaddarrious were in disbelief that they won national awards. And when I told them there was a pool of over 25,000 students nationally, one of them got emotional,” said Charise Stephens, executive director of U Create Macon.

She jokingly said she can’t reveal which one, or else they may not speak to her again.

The NICA Awards are presented across eleven categories to individuals who have been nominated by their peers as the most outstanding student-athletes, dedicated coaches, and most supportive volunteers and sponsors that have contributed to the youth cycling movement during the past year.

Stephens said her students’ achievements have had an effect on their peers. 

 

“The announcement of the awards really inspired our kids,” she said. “Some of the U Create Macon kids in our program have never gotten an award and to see their teammates getting a national award inspired them.”

 

And it wasn’t just the students who have been heartened by their success.  

 

“To be quite honest, this award inspired the adults. We have come a long way from a club with borrowed bikes, to a team receiving national awards. I would have never thought it a million years that four people — Coach Lisa, Coach Janet, Ms. Gigi, and myself — could change our community like this,” she said. “These last two years have been magical.”

 

As news spread of the awards, interest in Stephens’ programs increased almost immediately.

 

“Since the announcement of the awards, we have gotten seven calls from parents wanting their kids to participate in our program. This momentum will be helpful as we are growing into We Bike GA chapters throughout Georgia,” she said. “Our goal is to continue to have more smiles by the mile and give every kid — no matter their financial situation — outdoor adventures.”

 

NICA President Steve Matous said, “The 2020 NICA Award recipients exemplify our mission of building strong minds, bodies, character and communities through interscholastic cycling. Even during a year when activities were restricted due to the pandemic, our student-athletes, coaches, volunteers and community found new and innovative ways to embrace our values and continue to bring NICA’s mission to our community. Through their involvement and contributions to their leagues, teams and the broader NICA community, each recipient has made a unique and profound impact.”

 

Similarly, Stephens said the U Create Macon students did not let the pandemic lessen their determination or dampen their creativity.

 

“Our goal with U Create Macon is for youths to ‘create’ their own future and this national NICA award shows that anything is possible,” she said. Our kids are dreaming bigger each day because of their love for cycling. It’s opening up a new world to them and our community will benefit from this for generations to come. Even with a global pandemic, our bike teams never stopped and our kids have flourished during these uncertain times.”

 

U Create’s success is truly the result of a team effort involving more than 20 volunteer coaches along with a dedicated group of SAG/general volunteers who support the mountain biking and road cycling programs year round.    

 

“Our volunteers have donated over 10,000 hours to the success of this program and their love shows in the accomplishments of our kids,” Stephens said. “It shows in their smiles.” 

 

While Stephens is proud of the recent awards, she said they are just getting started.

 

“So far our organization can say that we have NICA national winners, Positive Athlete regional winners, and our own awards ‘Middle Georgia Loves Bikes’ award for our students. We are looking forward to bringing more awards to Georgia,” she said.

 

Cherry Street Mural Buildshop

The Love Your Street project will transform Cherry Street by installing a street mural designed by local artist Erin Hawkins
Bike Walk Macon is relying on community members to volunteer to help build a friendly Cherry St. for all. Please sign up to volunteer to paint the mural here: Or just drop in and stay as long as you can! More information.

Macon Bike Party’s Ugly Sweater Ride

Oh, what fun it is to ride! Join Bike Walk Macon for Macon Bike Party’s Ugly Sweater Ride Thursday, Dec. 10. Meet at the Fall Line Brewing Co. outdoor courtyard at 6 p.m. for the monthly slow roll. Get in the spirit of the holidays and ride.

Meet at Fall Line Brewery located at 567 Plum St., Macon, GA 31201 at 6 pm. Ride will depart at 6:30 pm and return by 8 pm. Helmets are required and free bike lights will be available. Riders are welcome to join or depart the group at any point. After we ride, all participants will enjoy half off of your first beer.

Masks and social distancing enforced.