Bicycle Advocacy + Bicycle Parades
Bicycle parades work as bicycle advocacy because they send a clear message: Riding a bike is fun. Riding a bike is a healthy lifestyle and smart transportation. Bicycles will save our cities. But, it is important to remind folks that riding a bike is also just plain fun. A group of people of all ages in costumes with parade art attached to their bikes, ringing their bells and having a silly good time riding through town is a remarkably effective way of getting folks to fall in love with bicycles.
Atlanta Streets Alive Bicycle Parades
Atlanta Streets Alive is our open streets project where we open the streets for human powered amusement on a Sunday afternoon. Every Atlanta Streets Alive kicks off with a bicycle parade that everyone is always invited to ride in! Dress up your bike and ride with the Phoenixes the minute the route opens! The bicycle Phoenixes represent the rise in ridership across Atlanta neighborhoods. The Phoenixes can be visited year round at Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle. Free bike decorating an hour before each parade.
Atlanta Streets Alive is organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
Petals Bikes Macon
"Participation in a pink-themed bike parade during Downtown Macon's annual Cherry Blossom Festival introduced me to the convenience and benefits of using alternative transportation to move around town. After that quirky and social event, I began exploring my city every day by bike. I was having fun and spending more time outdoors and I wanted my neighbors to start having fun as well."
Bicycle Parading in Macon!
I had a great time bike parading with the College Hill Allliance in Macon in 2015. We began with "Santa Bike Macon", where we pedaled christmas trees around town and delivered gifts to Ronald McDonald House and then rode in the Holiday Parade. In spring, we held "Petals Bikes Macon" and rode in the Cherry Blossom Parade. We are super proud that Petals Bikes Macon inspired the creation of Bike Macon, the city's first bicycle advocacy group! Our bicycle finale was "Light Up the Hill", an iluminated bicycle parade in conjunction with Macon Make-End, central Georgia's first Maker Faire.