Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cycling Fun in Roswell Georgia

Whether your current bicycle harkens back to the days when a Schwinn with balloon tires was cool or you have a high-tech mountain or road bicycle, Roswell has the trails, bike lanes, and group bicycling activities for you.

A Bicycle Friendly Community
Roswell is the first bicycle friendly city in Georgia! This designation is awarded by the League of American Bicyclists to cities that have demonstrated their commitment to all aspects of cycling. Bicycle trails, both on-road and off-road, allow cyclists to enjoy the beauty of Roswell. From river trails, the Big Creek Park, and miles of bike lanes, the city encourages bicycling for health, an alternative mode of transportation, and recreation.

Roswell Cycling Festival… Alive & Rolling!
Each year, Roswell is host to the Roswell Criterium, a race of high-speeds on short laps along a course that loops through the Historic District. This race course provides spectators the opportunity to view top professional and amateur cyclists in a format that is often called the most spectator-friendly form of cycling. High speeds and challenging turns provide thrills for spectators and cyclists alike. Drawing top contenders in the professional and amateur divisions, the Criterium is host to large crowds who enjoy the competition. There is something for each member of the family.

The day of bicycling fun begins with the Mayor’s Recreational Ride. This popular ride offers a 6-mile jaunt around Roswell’s Historic District or more challenging 20 and 40 mile options for experienced cyclists. The Mayor’s Ride is a great way to start the day prior to the chills and thrills of the Roswell Criterium.

Criterium Day in Roswell offers something for everyone – and that includes children. A Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo, an organized class where children learn about cycling safety and bicycling handling skills, is part of the day’s events. Afterwards, the children will have an obstacle course to navigate in order to “graduate” and be eligible to race in the Kids Races held on the same race course as the Pro races. Children must participate in the Safety Rodeo in order to participate in the races.

Hospitality Highway Century Ride to benefit Georgia Transplant Foundation
There is nothing like it as thousands of riders mount their bicycles to ride on Georgia’s official Hospitality Highway – Georgia 400! Once cyclists exit Georgia 400 the ride course winds through beautiful areas of cities in North Fulton County, areas of Cherokee and Forsyth Counties. For those who are not up to the full 100 mile Century, there are shorter routes available, giving all levels an opportunity to be part of an exciting event that benefits Georgia Transplant Foundation. Routes include rest stops, complete with bathrooms, full technical support, and a variety of snacks and drinks.

Georgia Rides to the Capitol
Each March, this motorcycle escorted ride encourages bicycle friendly legislation, raises awareness and promotes bicycling as an alternative source of transportation. Gather with bicycle enthusiasts in Roswell to begin this ride that ends at the State Capitol in Atlanta.

In Roswell, two organizations support Bicycling and provide opportunities for cyclists to gather with other cycling enthusiasts for activities including classes and rides.

Bike Roswell Georgia
From recreation to sport to alternative modes of transportation, Bike Roswell strives to actively promote safe cycling, provide an advocacy platform for Roswell citizens and implement programs to encourage participation with improved parks, roadways and cycling facilities. Bike Roswell offers weekly road rides and a variety of rides and events throughout the year, for all skill levels. For a schedule of Bike Roswell events and rides, please visit

RAMBO: Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization
Affiliated with the Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association, RAMBO organizes mountain bike rides for all levels of experience on a scheduled weekly basis and augments these with day trips and weekend outings. For information and schedules:

While riding in Roswell, please obey all bicycle laws in order to ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

If you currently ride in Roswell we’d love your input to our survey about the economic impact of Bicycling in Roswell. Just go to our home page and click on the survey link at the top of the page:

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