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!
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!
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!
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-
Southeast Regional Manager for the Saris Cycling Group