Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (left), Rebecca Serna of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Georgia State Representative Margaret Kaiser at the National Conference of State Legislatures bike ride. (Photo: BikeTexas)
The Atlanta sky was still dark when volunteers from BikeTexas, Georgia Bikes!, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition started unloading gear in Centennial Olympic Park downtown. Bikes were set up in neat rows, helmets were available for everyone, and jerseys were on display as the registration table welcomed riders. A few hours later, 170 state representatives, state senators, their families, their staffers, and other attendees at the National Conference of State Legislatures put foot to pedal and set off on a 7.5 mile bike ride that has become a tradition at this annual event.
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and State Representative Margaret Kaiser were the Georgia hosts for the ride showcasing must-see city sites like the historic Fox Theater on Peachtree Street, Piedmont Park, and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants were also treated to a ride along the new cycle track on 10th Avenue and a section of the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline. Judging by the smiles, a good time was had by all.
It’s our unofficial motto that when people ride bikes, great things happen. PeopleForBikes was honored to support an event that brought elected representatives from all parties together to have some fun, experience Atlanta, and maybe forge a few friendships. Here’s to great things happening, on and off the bike.
Below are some additional images from the ride: