The first BATTY ride (Bikes Are Traffic Too, Y'all) was a big success. I counted 29 riders in the photos. After a pre-ride talk by yours truly, we took to the roads to show how well a group of bicycle riders can blend into some of the busiest streets in Milledgeville.
From what I could see, everyone stuck to the game plan and rode according to the rules of the road. As expected, we were split up a few times by parts of the group getting caught at traffic lights or stop signs. But we regrouped at the planned stops and we all got back to the parking lot without incident.
I really enjoyed the after-ride gathering at Blackbird coffee and the chance to hang out with some members of the local cycling scene who I had not previously met. We need to try to get some of these people involved in the club.
Everyone seemed to have had a good time at the ride. I am sure that we met our goal of drawing some positive attention by putting a good sized group of rule abiding cyclists in front of a lot of people.
I am looking forward to an even larger ride next month and to coming up with ways to make it more fun and more visible.
a few of Lori's pictures: