Have you ever wanted to hop on your bike and ride around town but the thought of dodging Atlanta traffic kept you from doing it? If so, Kidical Mass is the event for you.
At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, you can take part in a family-friendly, law-abiding bike ride that aims to teach people of all ages safety skills in biking, and allow everyone a chance to practice riding safely in the city. It hopes to build awareness of the growing presence of kids and families on bikes on the road, as well as the need for all road users to respect others.
Organizers from the Sopo Bicycle Co-op and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition are putting on the event to make new city riders feel more comfortable starting out on Atlanta roads, and encourage people to make the environmentally- and economically-friendly choice to choose cycling more often as a method of transportation.
Even if you are an expert city rider, participating in the Kidical Mass ride is a great way to show your support for cyclists of all ages and stages.
The first Kidical Mass Atlanta in May 2011 was a success; more than 60 children and family members rode from Oakhurst to downtown Decatur.
The second Kidical Mass Atlanta will take place in Grant Park. It is a slow-paced ride (average speed is 1-10 mph). Riders are encouraged to share the fun by ringing bells, bringing noise makers and waving to passersby. All types of bikes are welcome.
The riding group will gather at 9:30 a.m. at Milledge Fountain, at the corner of Cherokee Ave. and Milledge Ave. The route combines residential and connector streets: it will continue south on Cherokee Ave., go west on Georgia Ave., head north on Connally St., go east on Sydney St., turn right back onto Cherokee Ave. and end at the point of origin. See the map here
For more information on the Atlanta Kidicial Mass event, visit the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's website
or the Sopo Bicycle's website
. To learn more about the national Kidical initiative visit kidicalmass.org