On Friday we will team up with BikeAthens for the 2nd Annual Twilight Joy Ride.
Athens Twilight has been dubbed “the most insane criterium in the world,” and is the second stop on the National 2019 USA CRITS Series, representing teams from all over the world and annually attracting large crowds to the Athens area.
That’s why BBGA and BikeAthens are teaming up for this year’s Twilight to hand out bike lights and safety cards at this weekend’s Joy Ride, and then again for the Bike to Work event in May. (More information on that event next month.)
Events will kick off Friday, April 26 at noon, with food, live music, children’s programs, and fun for all.
The festivities continue all day on Saturday, April 27th, with more kids’ activities, food, and fun, followed by the evening’s criterium races.
The Twilight Joy Ride is this Friday from 6-8 p.m., starting on Washington Street at the parking deck EXIT across from City Hall.
Here is the route for the ride: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29189564 It’s just over 5 miles with a mix of calm neighborhood streets, Greenway & Firefly paths; a family-friendly ride.
We abide by all applicable traffic laws, and re-group during the ride to allow people to catch up. We leave nobody behind.
For a full listing of the weekend’s events, please visit: https://athenstwilight.wpengine.com/schedule/
Free Bicycle Lights, Safety Cards
In response to growing concerns over biking safety in the Athens/UGA area, the non-profit group Bike Athens will distribute free bike lights and safety cards at this weekend’s Joy Ride, and then again on Bike to Work Day in May.
The cards and bike lights will also be available during Fix-Your-Own-Bike Night (FYOB) on Thursday, the evening before the BikeAthens/BBGA Twilight Joy Ride. FYOB is from 6-8:30 p.m. at 1075 W Broad St.
The wallet-sized cards come with a waterproof pouch and serve as a handy reference in case of a crash. The safety cards are designed to help you stay calm, gather the proper information, and figure out what to do in the event of a crash.
On one side is a form for all the important details you need to collect, and on the other is a summary of Georgia’s bike laws and steps to follow after a crash.
Per Georgia law, bikes must have a white light at night that can be seen up to 300 feet, and the rear of a bike must have a red light (or red reflector) that’s also visible up to 300 feet.
BikeAthens is a Georgia non-profit that aims to promote cycling, walking, and transit as transportation options around Athens.
An Athens-based non-profit since 1991, to advocate for safer conditions for cyclists, BikeAthens repairs bikes for people who need them and teaches safe biking practices to people of all ages.
Since 2004 they have developed partnerships with more than 20 local social service agencies through a referral system to help those most in need. In 2017 they donated over 120 bikes and served over 200 walk-in repair clients, working nearly 3,000 volunteer hours.