Saris Parking Loves Georgia

How we’re helping the Peach State one rack at a time.

Saris Cycling Group understands the importance of infrastructure and making cities more bicycle friendly. That includes parking and giving visitors the options to ride to their destination instead of jumping in the car. Someone once said that bicycles are a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems. At Saris, we believe that whole heartedly, which is why we are committed to using our resources to enhance cycling on a local, state and national level.

Recently at the 2014 Georgia Bike Summit, Saris Cycling Group alongside GeorgiaBikes.Org, held a contest which would outfit four winning entities in Georgia with a bike dock for their city or business. To enter the contest, business owners and city officials were asked to post a picture along with why they needed adequate bike parking on social media outlets. The contest was a huge success, pulling entries from all over the state. With so many contestants, it was evident that there is a huge need for bike parking in Georgia.

“Traveling across the state, I see a lot of what makes our cities great – and not-so-great – for bicycling. One of the most glaring problems is the lack of secure, convenient bike parking. The strong interest in the Saris Parking contest revealed a lot of pent-up demand for more and better bike racks. Businesses and tourist destinations in Georgia know that they’ll benefit from providing bike parking. I am so thankful to Saris for this generous opportunity. I only wish we could have awarded a Bike Dock to every contestant!” – Brent Buice, Executive Director of Georgia Bikes.

If you find yourself on a bike in any of the winning cities below, rest assured that you will find bike parking! Each city received free Saris bike dock:

Alpharetta, GA. Downtown Business District:

Do you love Downtown Alpharetta? We do, too. However there is a problem: not a single bike rack or bicycle parking space to be found! Even in front of City Hall one will notice a distinct lack of bicycle accommodations! The City of Alpharetta has recently made significant strides towards becoming a more bicycle friendly community by purchasing and installing Saris Cycling Aid stations throughout the city, applying to become a bicycling friendly community with the League of American Bicyclists, and adding more members to its Bicycle Patrol at the police department. However, bicycle parking is lacking and it is my hope that by winning this contest I can help show city leaders that there is a need for attractive bicycle parking solutions. Please help me continue my efforts to make the City of Alpharetta a safe haven for cyclists.

Cave Springs, GA. Welcome Center:

Yes we need a Saris Bike Dock in Historic Cave Spring. We are currently promoting a connection to the Silver Comet Trail. What better way to jump start our support of the connection than to unveil a new bike rack at our Welcome Center? Our efforts to connect to the trail will have huge economic benefits for our small town. Please pick Cave Spring to receive a free Bike Dock!

welcome center Cave Springs

Dahlonega, GA. Downtown Business District:
Dahlonega is considered a destination cycling community, and we would like to add cycling racks to our downtown area to better serve the thousands of cyclists who visit our town. Long regarded by professional riders as some of America’s most challenging bicycling, this area provides enjoyment for riders of all skills. In 2005 the Georgia General Assembly recognized Dahlonega and Lumpkin County as the foremost bicycling venue in the Southeast and Georgia’s premier sport cycling community.

Whether your idea of cycling is road biking, extreme mountain biking or hybrid cycling, Dahlonega has something to offer. From USFS Bull Mountain extreme course to the Fool’s Gold 50 to the 100 MTB Race to exciting back country roads through the Chattahoochee National Forest, off-road bicyclist love Dahlonega. For the tour enthusiast Dahlonega hosts such events as the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty Bike Ride annually with an average of 2,500 participants. These same courses are enjoyed by thousands of recreational riders spring through fall. Thanks for your consideration!

Dahlonega-Downtown

Savannah, GA. The Collins Quarter:

We love Savannah cyclists! We need help with a proper bike rack. Help Saris – please reward our two wheeled customers!

Collins Quarter- Savannah

Here at Saris , we consider the bicycle a serious form of transportation. We strive to make commuting by bicycle accessible, to encourage more people to ride more often. Does your city need bike parking? Show us and you city or business may be next! #SarisParking

See you out on the road-

Laurie Davidson
Southeast Regional Manager for the Saris Cycling Group

Learning From the Best – Innovations in Cycling Infrastructure

It’s morning in Madison, an hour of orange light and long shadows. Lake Monona shimmers, the grass along the embankment sparkling with dew, and there’s a chill in the air that marks the looming autumn. With each passing moment, as the bright sun burns away patches of fog, cyclists around the city click into pedals, preparing for the morning commute.

The scene is much the same in other cities across the country, as urban dwellers are choosing bikes over cars at an astounding rate. In the last ten years, bike commuting has increased 47% nationwide and up to 73% in the largest cities. With this surge, forward-thinking cities and organizations are embracing the developing national cycling community and looking for innovative ways to capitalize on its growing populace.

Five years ago, Saris Cycling Group solidified its status as the industry leader in cycling infrastructure innovation by sponsoring a first-of-its-kind study of urban bicycling facilities in Germany and the Netherlands. Representatives from Saris, along with delegates from the City of Madison, spent seven days with European planning engineers and design experts, identifying best practices in alternate transportation modes and determining how these practices could be put in place at home. It has been said that in order to be the best, you have to learn from the best. And that’s just what we did.

20 by 2020

We brought a lot back to Madison, including a cache of inspiration, a powerful sense of excitement and possibility, and the cutting-edge technology in our new Cycle Guide, a flush-mounted solar-powered LED lighting system designed to enhance a cyclist’s experience and safety by providing visual delineation on roads and bike paths. We’re also proud to now offer the Cycle Aid and Cycle Air, bicycle repair stations that put the tools where commuters need them — right on the path — to get you home in the event of an equipment failure.

Since that first trip, we’ve returned to Europe again and again for research with the Green Lanes Project, accruing an industry-leading catalog of knowledge that makes us an outstanding partner for your community. We understand that each city has different needs and different goals, so we’ve traveled with representatives from urban centers around the country, we’ve listened to them, and we’ve designed our products based on these unique experiences.

Fostering relationships is a central facet of our mission, because we know great work is done in collaboration. 

“Saris is a leader in providing innovative products that help cities increase their bike culture and has shown themselves to be a partner to communities to pilot new ideas and implement new programs. When I was in Chicago, the City of Chicago was able to take advantage of their ingenuity and generosity, greatly enhancing the impact we could make on our own,”  said Gabe Klein, Former Commissioner Chicago/DC DOT and Senior Visiting Fellow at ULI.

Gabe Klein and Saris Rack
Gabe Klein, Former Commissioner Chicago/DC DOT and Senior Visiting Fellow at ULI

From September 8th through 11th, we’ll be celebrating our continued commitment to the development of cycling infrastructure at the 2014 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Whether you’re looking for layout recommendations from our bike parking experts, interested in learning more about how Saris can help your community, or just want to check out our exciting new products, we hope you’ll visit us at Booth 400.

See you in Pittsburgh!

- Andrew Dutton, Saris Parking Sales Representative

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