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    Holy cow! That's an impressive time! I was hoping to do it this year, to see how I would do now that I can actually breath. (Finally getting bad asthma under control!) You'll do great!

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    the weather is looking up! partly cloudy, high of 49, NO RAIN!!! but maybe a little windy, but still!

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    Ok folks. Here I am again -- Mr. Pain-in-the-eh, er, Neck. Gotta keep it clean.
    We're doing another East Wesley ride this Saturday, February 24.
    The weather is supposed to be awesome so come on out and join in the fun.
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    Ron,

    I gotta question for ya.

    I'm volunteering for the ING Marathon. They need cyclists to escort the wheelchair athletes during the event, mainly because we're higher up and more visible to vehicles. During the actual marathon, the roads downtown will be closed. During the training 'fun runs', however, the roads are open. I'm assuming the wheelers (their wording, not mine) will be on sidewalks. In downtown Atlanta, are we allowed on sidewalks? Part of the course is on Freedom Parkway, and I'm not sure where it's best to be.

    Thanks!

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    An Atlanta city ordinance states that is against the law to ride on the sidewalk within the city limits. The event organizers may have a waiver from the city. You might want to ask them about this.
    I'll get the ordinance number tomorrow (when I'm at work) and PM you.
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    On another note, the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign is taking legal action against the city regarding East Wesley.

    Dear Fellow Bicyclist,

    As demolition and re-construction resumes in earnest on East Wesley Road, we are reminding the City that they can still save about a million dollars by using safer and more effective traffic calming methods that are bike-friendly. They haven't gone too far yet to turn back and do it right!!

    We have now taken it a step further in retaining an attorney to evaluate our legal options. Stay tuned for a decision soon on whether we file suit on this issue. In the meantime, we need to continue to remind the City of the folly of this project, and remind the general public that we must stop removing bicycle space on our roads in the name of safety!

    Please ride with us this Saturday as we send a message that we have NOT gone away despite the City's attempt to ignore our pleas. The weather should be great this weekend, so come on out and support this critical cause! Come and hear the latest and view for yourself the destruction occurring on this road!

    See ride details here.

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    Ron, thanks for the ordinance info.

    For the East Wesley rides, could I hang with the group on my mtb? I put in some serious miles last weekend on my road bike, so I might do this on my mtb to give myself a break. Especially since the road conditions looked pretty rough last time I rode E.W.

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    FYI

    Here is Garden Hills neighborhood's recent assessment of the project:

    http://www.gardenhills.net/Default.aspx?tabid=4126
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Wench
    Ron, thanks for the ordinance info.

    For the East Wesley rides, could I hang with the group on my mtb? I put in some serious miles last weekend on my road bike, so I might do this on my mtb to give myself a break. Especially since the road conditions looked pretty rough last time I rode E.W.
    The rides are very slow so a mountain bike will be fine. You won't be the only person there riding one. Top speed is usually 12-15 mph. On the hills it's slower. I'm usually on my middle chainring and cog #2 doing ~6-7 mph, just so I don't fall over, and I'm still passing some folks.


    Here's the riding on sidewalks info.
    Sec. 150-210. Riding on sidewalks.
    (a) Business district. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district or the central traffic district.
    (b) Age restriction. No person 13 or more years of age shall ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk in any district.
    (c) Duties to pedestrians. Any person who is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian.
    (Code 1977, 13-2344)
    Here's a link to the Atlanta municiple codes.
    http://www.municode.com/resources/ga...d=10376&sid=10
    Search for "bicycle" in the search box in the top left. In the results window click on the first artice found, then scroll down to near the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Map tester
    FYI

    Here is Garden Hills neighborhood's recent assessment of the project:

    http://www.gardenhills.net/Default.aspx?tabid=4126
    That article is so full of crap it is unbelievable that someone would actually publish it. The writer is misleading and at times, outright lying. For one, the City did not come up with alternate plans, ABC did and they were rejected by the City and neighborhood association. The City's alternate plans were to totally remove the cyclists from East Wesley and send them through other parts of the neighborhood. ABC's counters have remained focused on East Wesley and was fine with leaving the road the way it was in the first place, although did point out that the striping did not meet the standards for an official bike lane. I could add many more points, but I want to keep this short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshFrank
    Feel free to put the word out, lets see if we can turn the Thinking Man in 1 to a "biker bar".

    what about for those of us under 21
    http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/6...zysmall4uh.gif Old "Classic" Vitus "Riding bicycles is sort of like riding motorcycles. It's not "if" you will crash. It's more like, "when" you crash." Specialized Allez Elite www.aviationforum.org www.wiredopinion.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtlAllez
    what about for those of us under 21
    You don't have to drink, pretty sure the place is "family friendly".
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtlAllez
    what about for those of us under 21
    Thinking Mans isn't 21+ until after 9pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTcommuter
    Thinking Mans isn't 21+ until after 9pm.
    I haven't seen them card anyone yet unless you're ordering. I've gotten in after 9...

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    I know its a while before I will be moving up to the Atlanta area, but how far is it from Decatur to Georgia State? My wife we be working in the city and I will be going to school at GSU. We have heard good things about Decatur but is it a friendly commute from Decatur to GSU?

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    with no traffic it's almost a straight shot down Ponce in less than 15-20 minutes. With traffic it can vary greatly, but it will be way more than 20. I LOVE Decatur to death(I don't live there though), but it's just not very convenient to get to and from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebike
    I haven't seen them card anyone yet unless you're ordering. I've gotten in after 9...
    Yea, it's pretty laid-back place. I hang out with a bunch of the staff so I doubt they'll hassle our group. I've seen little kids in there at all times, I think the 21+ rule is mainly so that they can ask screaming babies to leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeane4
    I know its a while before I will be moving up to the Atlanta area, but how far is it from Decatur to Georgia State? My wife we be working in the city and I will be going to school at GSU. We have heard good things about Decatur but is it a friendly commute from Decatur to GSU?
    Decatur is very bike-friendly, and you can take the PATH bike lanes/path right into downtown. Someone else could tell you if it's easy to bike to GSU, but I imagine it's a bikeable commute, better than most other areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeane4
    I know its a while before I will be moving up to the Atlanta area, but how far is it from Decatur to Georgia State? My wife we be working in the city and I will be going to school at GSU. We have heard good things about Decatur but is it a friendly commute from Decatur to GSU?
    Hey J, it's very bikable from Decatur to GSU. I used to do that ride everyday when I worked for the state gov'ment. PATH out of Decatur > Candler Park > Little 5 > Edgewood all the way into GSU. There's a bike path or lane for almost half the route and quiet neighborhood streets otherwise.

    Inside Decatur can be a bit expensive for young folks, make sure to look at Oakhurst and Kirkwood which are adjacent neighborhoods. Let me know if you're up here and I'll show you around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeane4
    I know its a while before I will be moving up to the Atlanta area, but how far is it from Decatur to Georgia State? My wife we be working in the city and I will be going to school at GSU. We have heard good things about Decatur but is it a friendly commute from Decatur to GSU?
    It is a good commute as others have said. I live outside Decatur to the east, and commute through Decatur to downtown; my one-way commute is about 11 miles. It is about 5 miles from the center of Decatur to downtown Atlanta. One very good aspect of the commute is that is runs along MARTA's East rail line. If you have a mechanical breakdown or bad weather it is easy to hop on the train and ride into Decatur.

    If you have any specific questions free feel to PM me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by branman1986
    I LOVE Decatur to death(I don't live there though), but it's just not very convenient to get to and from.
    I think that's one of the city's greatest advantages -- it has both proximity and inaccessibility which gives it a real definition. It's easy to tell when you've entered the city limits.
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    I just reconfirmed with Thinking Man, all systems go. Pro bike racing and beer Sunday at 5:00!!!!!
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    I posted the Thinking Man info on the Sorella site. Be nice if any of them show up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedal Wench
    I posted the Thinking Man info on the Sorella site. Be nice if any of them show up!
    Of course we'll be nice to any Sorella girls that show up!
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    oh whoops, for some reason I assumed he meant by car...duh...stupid me

    sorry, yeah, by bike decatur is awesome. At least I know I can easily bike to Decatur and I can easily bike to GSU...there are lots of good routes to choose from.

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