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2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support
2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

"Georgia Rides to the Capitol" is free and open the public. Departure from Decatur is set for 10:45 that morning, and from Roswell at 9:45. Riders will arrive to the Capitol around 11:40, with a press conference to be held once the majority of riders arrive. 

Both routes are different in length and difficulty. Decatur is about five miles away with some hills. It starts at the East Lake Marta stop, 2260 College Avenue. Roswell is about 21 miles away, with more hills than the Decatur route, The ride takes off from Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street. 

The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association intends to raise awareness for the benefits of cycling as transportation, as a benefit for economic development and tourism, a way to maintain health and fitness and for sport and family activity. 

For more information, contact Fred Boykin, (404) 668-4274 or fboykin@bicyclesouth.com.