Bike Month Happy Hour

Join Georgia Bikes on Thursday, May 28 at 6:15 p.m. for an end of Bike Month virtual happy hour— bring your own beverage! Click here hang out with bicycle advocates from across the state on the 28th or email info@georgiabikes.org for more information.

Eighth Annual Matt’s Moon River Cruise

The Eighth Annual Matt’s Moon River Cruise, presented by the Law Office of Joseph J. Steffen, will be held virtually May 21-26 — from wherever you are.

The event is named in memory of Matt Kohler, who was hit from behind by a driver on July 26, 2012 while riding his bike on U.S. Highway 80 in Bloomingdale.

On Friday, May 22, we will post a variety of routes ranging from 4-25 miles for all to enjoy in Savannah. These rides do not need to be completed on Friday — rather, they are a suggestion of routes to take at your leisure. Participants are encouraged to post photos on social media, tagging @BikeWalkSav, #MMRC8, #BikeWalkSAV, #BikesUnite. Want to share your route from outside Savannah? Email us at info@bikewalksavannah.org.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Driver Webinar

On Thursday, May 21, Bike Walk Savannah will host a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Driver webinar. This webinar will delve into the laws pertaining to people biking and walking and how the design of our streets makes them safer for all users. Participants who take a short quiz at the end of the webinar will receive a certificate of participation.

Bike League Advocacy & Education Awards Celebration No. 2

The League of American Bicyclists’ annual Advocacy and Education Awards are given out at the National Bike Summit each year. This year we’re going online with our celebrations of these leaders in the bicycling movement each Thursday during National Bike Month. This week we will present the Gail and Jim Spann Educator of the Year Award and Emerging Leader Award.

Virtual Macon Bike Party

It’s all about social distancing and coping with staying at home. Take a nice leisurely bike ride and post a video of your personal bike party in this facebook event. In your video, tell us why biking is important to you, your family, your kids, or your community. Ride fun, safe, and solo (or with your pandemic partners) in your yard or neighborhood, but please keep your distance by staying more than 6 feet away from others and remember to wash your hands.

Bike Month Advocacy Organization Profile: U Create Macon Bike Team

Throughout May we are celebrating National Bike Month 2020 by sharing information on bicycle advocacy organizations around the state that are working to improve conditions for people who ride bikes in their communities. We’ll learn more about the cities they serve, their missions and goals, and how they are adapting their efforts during the pandemic. To learn more about bicycle advocacy groups in Georgia, visit our directory.

Bike Month Advocacy Organization Profile: U Create Macon Bike Teams

Tell us about your organization, your mission, and your community. 

The U Create Macon Bike Team is a very unique program. U Create Macon houses several cycling programs that maximize our opportunities to give our youth the best opportunity to have outdoor adventures. We are the only youth chapter of the Major Taylor Association (Major Taylor  – Middle Georgia Chapter), The Middle Georgia Composite Team (Mountain Biking), Trips for Kids (Trips for Kids Middle Georgia), soon we will be a Free Bikes for Kids program (Summer 2020). We are looking at bringing Little Bellas by 2021. Our goal is to continue to cultivate a relationship with US Cycling and Velodrome organizations to round out our programs.

Before the pandemic, what were your major goals, events, or initiatives for 2020?

Our major goal is to get more kids on bikes. Our strategic plan for 2020 is to have more kids on bikes (safely as possible) in the history of Macon and Middle Georgia. COVID-19 has changed our approach but the mission is still the same. We use the Georgia Bikes pocket guides and our Bike Rodeo with Georgia Bikes and OCMA Dream Team was the largest ever in Middle Georgia. It was a catalyst for our program. Without that youth bike rodeo, there would be no program like we have today. 
 

How have you adapted your plans to continue amid the pandemic?

We have incorporated more virtual opportunities and because so many races have been canceled, we are creating some local outdoor adventures. Working with Dublin OCMA Dream Team, Coach Chris is spearheading a youth-only, six-day event. We are grateful to our U Create Macon core adult volunteers — Coach Lisa Doughtery, Coach Janet Grier, Coach Sam Macfie, Coach Tommy Neaves, Coach Fred Simonelli, Coach Brian Robertson, Coach Diane Fowler, Coach Nathan Robertson, Coach Wesley Altram, Coach Chris Johnson, Coach Daylon Martin, Coach Tom Glover, Coach “in training” Michael Robinson, Victor Chatfield and Ms. Gigi Weaver — for keeping our programs moving forward.
 

How has your community changed during the pandemic? Do you see more people biking, walking, and rolling for recreation and transportation? 

COVID-19 has changed our community forever but I do see more people walking, biking, and practicing self-care. Macon has a high number of preventable diseases (obesity, diabetes, etc.) and we are hoping that U Create Macon can be a community partner to help our community get healthier. Our program is award winning. We just won the Safe Routes to School Friend Partner of the Year for the East/Central Georgia region.
 
 
 

Charise Stephens, U Create Macon Founder 

For more information visit the U Create Macon Bike Team Facebook Page or contact them via email

Commuter Conversations Over Coffee

Join Bike Walk Macon during bike walk month for interesting, engaging and informative virtual sessions discussing alternate transportation to cars – over COFFEE. Each week we will have a special guest moderator as we chat about all things biking, walking and coffee. This is a FREE virtual discussion open to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned, newbie, or aspiring commuter.

May 8: Safe Places to Bike and Walk During Covid-19

Rachel Umana, Executive Director of Bike Walk Macon will lead a discussion on the safest places to bike in Macon and beyond.

May 15: Basic Bike Maintenance with Bike Tech

Jim Langstaff and Bobby Shorr of Bike Tech will lead a discussion on the ABC’s of bike maintenance. Everyone could use a quick chat about what to do to keep your bike moving.

Friday May 22: Motivation to Bike or Walk

Let’s talk about how to get motivated to bike or walk. Our car is there conveniently getting us to and fro. What can we do to motivate getting on the bike once a week for an adventure, or walk to pick up dinner, biking to your friends house or walking just to get fresh air? Let’s talk over coffee about leaving the car keys at home and instead biking or walking.

Friday May 29: Topic To Be Announced

Savannah Cyclofemme Ride

Ride together (virtually) with Bike Walk Savannah this weekend for the Eighth Annual Savannah CycloFemme, sponsored by the Law Office of Joseph J. Steffen, Jr.  The ride route will be posted on Friday at 10 a.m., but you can join in at any point!

Post photos and videos from your ride on social media and make sure to tag @BikeWalkSAV and #BikeWalkSAV #Cyclofemme.

The ride will be approximately 6 miles and be great for beginners, commuters, racers and everyone in between.! The ride is free, but participants are encouraged to consider a donation to our New Standard Cycles Program at bikewalksavannah.org/donate. Don’t forget your helmet and water!

Bike League Advocacy and Education Awards Celebration No. 1

The League of American Bicyclists’ annual Advocacy and Education Awards are given out at the National Bike Summit each year. This year we’re going online with our celebrations of these leaders in the bicycling movement each Thursday during National Bike Month. This week we will present the Kittie Knox Award and the Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award