Mayor Pro Tem Fred Boykin Stepping Down at the End of the Year

The AJC reports that Mayor Pro Tem Fred Boykin – who’s been on the Decatur City Commission since 2000 – is planning on stepping down from his commission seat at the end of the year.   According to the piece, the Bicycle South founder and cycling advocate plans to spend more time on his new boat, which is docked in Ft. Myers, FL.

Qualifying for the open seat on the city commission isn’t until August.

Photo courtesy of Bicycle South Facebook page

Reminder: Georgia Rides to the Capitol Next Tuesday

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Commissioner Fred Boykin sends along this reminder…

Tuesday, March 24! Please join fellow cyclists, metro area mayors and other elected officials for the tenth annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol event as we ride to the state capitol in support of better cycling conditions in Georgia. The Decatur ride will be led by Decatur City Commissioner Fred Boykin and leaves from the E. Lake MARTA station (north parking lot) at 10:45 am. The route is an easy paced, 5 mile ride and will be police escorted to the capitol (not the return).

Governor Nathan Deal is expected to address the cyclists at noon. FREE registration (registrants are covered by event insurance).  FREE commemorative leg bands for all who register. Donations gladly accepted. $50.00 donations get a commemorative 10th anniversary cycling cap! Details on the web site. Click here for the details.

Georgia Rides to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 24th

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Decatur Active Living’s Cheryl Burnette sends in this announcement…

The tenth annual “Georgia Rides to the Capitol” will be on Tuesday, March 24.

The event, co-sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA), is designed to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use trails, and cycling connections near major facilities, activity centers and schools. The bike ride is free and open to the community but participants should pre-register at www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org. Preregistered cyclists will receive a free reflective leg-band.

Join Commissioner Fred Boykin and other City of Decatur staff members for the Decatur leg of the ride. The Decatur ride leaves from the north parking lot of the East Lake MARTA Station, 2260 W. College Avenue at 10:45 a.m. and arrives at the Capitol at approximately 11:40 am. The ride from Decatur is five miles one way with some hills and will proceed at a slow pace.

Visit www.georgiabikes.org for more information.

Input Needed for Decatur Bicycle Map Update

bikemapDecatur City Commissioner Fred Boykin sends in this request…

The Decatur Bicycle Map is very popular and supplies are nearly gone. The City would like to hear from residents and map users about any changes you would like to see in the new map. So far the following updates have been noted:

  • The newest bike lanes on Commerce.
  • Adding water fountain locations.
  • Any new sharrows that were put down.
  • Also the new city limits to include Parkwood.

Your comments are welcome! Feel free to post to Decatur Metro or contact Fred Boykin. [email protected]

Decatur To Dedicate Memorial Bike Rack on Decatur Square to Paul Taylor

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Decatur commissioner Fred Boykin sends in this announcement…

You remember Paul Taylor, the cyclist struck and killed on N. Decatur Rd (near Superior) two years ago this April? Local riders put up a Ghost Bike memorial to him, but it disappeared after a few months. The City has been in contact with Ms. Taylor and others to dedicate a bike rack in his memory on the grounds of the Old Courthouse (where Clairemont intersects Ponce). The dedication will take place on Saturday, March 15th at 10 am. The rack will replace the old ribbon style one located near the Thomas Jefferson sculpture. Invitation above. Here’s the program. The public is invited.
Bike Rack Dedication Honoring Paul H. Taylor – 1958-2012
Welcome& Introductions
Fred Boykin, Decatur City Commissioner
Remarks
Barbara Taylor
Unveiling of Bike Rack
Memorial Bike Ride
Old Courthouse Square
Decatur, Georgia
March 15, 2014
10:00 AM
City of Decatur
Bike Friendly Atlanta

Georgia Rides to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 18th

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Here are the details from Decatur Commissioner Fred Boykin…

Tuesday, March 18! Please join fellow cyclists, metro area mayors and other elected officials for the ninth annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol event as we ride to the state capitol in support of better cycling conditions in Georgia. The Decatur ride will be led by Decatur City Commissioner Fred Boykin and leaves from the E. Lake MARTA station (north parking lot) at 10:45 am. The route is an easy paced, 5 mile ride and will be police escorted to the capitol (not the return).
Governor Nathan Deal is expected to address the cyclists at noon. FREE registration (registrants are covered by event insurance).  FREE commemorative leg bands for all who register. Donations gladly accepted! Details on the web site. Click here for the details.
If the “here” link doesn’t work – the site address is www.GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Names New Award After Decatur Commissioner Fred Boykin

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The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition announced their annual awards last week and one of Decatur’s commissioners received a notable honor.  From the press release…

This year, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Blinkie Awards launched The Inaugural Fred Boykin Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Boykin, Decatur City Commissioner and owner, Bicycle South. Commissioner Boykin has been a dedicated public servant committed to making it safe for kids to bike and walk through the Safe Routes to School initiative. Through his leadership, Decatur schools now support higher rates of biking and walking to school than any other metro Atlanta school system, attracting new residents while helping children stay healthy and active. He is also the owner of Bicycle South, Inc., a Decatur-area business since 1972.