Throughout May, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is celebrating National Bike Month with a variety of events that encourage Intowners to get on their bikes

During National Bike Month, Atlantans can participate in the National Bike Challenge, a virtual event uniting bicyclists across the country. Local bikers who log at least 10 trips on nationalbikechallenge.org will be entered to win a new bike from Bicycle South and many other prizes.

The central celebration of the month, National Bike to Work Day, will take place on May 16. To participate, visit an Energizer Station while biking to work on May 16 to enjoy free breakfast treats, bike tune-ups, raffles and more. You can join a Bike Train to ride to work together with new and experienced bikers, making the experience social and safe. For more information, visit atlantabike.org/BiketoWorkDay2014.

Throughout the month, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has planned many events, including:

May 12-16: Bike to Work Week
On Tuesday, May 13, Elliott Street Pub will host Bikes & Beers (Bike Commuter Happy Hour), followed by the many activities taking place on May 16 for Bike to Work Day.

May 17: New Belgium Brewing’s Paint & Pedal
This event will feature art, live music, bikes and beer in the Old 4th Ward Skate Park Field. The event also features a bike show, with bike-riding contests and giveaways.

May 18: Atlanta Streets Alive event on Peachtree Street
On May 18, miles of Peachtree Street – from Downtown to Midtown – will close to cars, and open to people and bikes. With numerous free cultural and physical activities, Atlanta Streets Alive is the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to truly experience Atlanta’s communities in a safe, healthy way. At the event, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will host a “Protected Bike Lane” demonstration, where attendees can see and ride through various types of bike lanes. For more details on this free event, visit atlantastreetsalive.com.

May 24: Bike Ride with Mayor Reed
Residents are invited to join Mayor Kasim Reed for a bike ride at 10:30 a.m. that starts outside Atlanta City Hall (beginning after a 10 a.m. press conference) and ends at the Jazz Festival. The bike ride to Piedmont Park is open to the public.

For more Bike Month activities check out atlantabike.org/bikemonth2014.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.