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Supporting Bicycling at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s bicycle co-operative shop


If you haven’t heard about Starter Bikes yet, then you definitely need to. If you have but would like to understand more, then you should read on as well. In general, Starter Bikes is awesome and you should be there to get a bike, work on your bike, volunteer, and make friends.

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This is The Cage. We are located in the bottom of the CRC parking deck by the stairs and are open Friday’s 4-6pm. (Really. Pretty much every Friday. We’ll announce on our facebook page if we are not going to be open.)

The Cage has many great things such as a wide array of tools, a decent collection of parts (we operate by donations only, yall), a music player, a small heater, and the supplies to help get you and your bike safe and fun to ride! This include GTPD registration stickers, lights, helmets, and locks.

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For more information, email starterbikes@bike.gatech.edu and check out our facebook page


We hope to see you there. Safe riding and have fun!

2016 Atlanta Streets Alive Schedule Announced

After 179,000 people attended 2015′s three Atlanta Streets Alive open streets events, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has added a fourth date for 2016! Come experience car-free streets throughout the city this year – details from ABC are here: http://www.atlantastreetsalive.com/schedule

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We’re excited to announce plans for FOUR Atlanta Streets Alive dates in 2016:

Sunday April 17, 2-6 pm

Expanding the Historic West End route connecting seven Atlanta neighborhoods via Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Georgia Ave. Neighborhoods include, from west to east: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park.

Sunday, June 12, 4-8 pm

In tandem with the Atlanta Cycling Festival, celebrating Atlanta’s signature Peachtree Street, from Downtown to Midtown.

Sunday, September 25, 2-6 pm

Connecting four Atlanta eastside neighborhoods via North Highland, Highland Ave, and Boulevard. Neighborhoods include Virginia-Highland, Atkins Park, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, and Old Fourth Ward.

Sunday, October 23, 2-6 pm

Final Atlanta Streets Alive of the year on Peachtree Street, from Downtown to Midtown.


Looking forward to biking, walking, and enjoying Atlanta with you!

Alec January 30, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Starter Bikes Snow Day

Yes, we’re open today! Our hours are 4 to 6 p.m., just like every Friday. What could be better than tuning up your bike instead of doing schoolwork? 
With the shorter days and longer nights, it’s more important than ever to light up your bike at night – even on campus. We carry a set of four lights (headlight, taillight and two wheel lights) for $5. Stop by to pick up a set so you can ride safely, and legally, this winter. (At a minimum, Georgia law requires a headlight and a rear reflector.) 

As always, email us at starterbikes@bike.gatech.edu with any questions. 

Alec January 22, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Bicycle Master Plan Released

The Georgia Tech Bicycle Campus Master Plan is developed with a focus on creating a safe, healthy and positive campus biking environment.  It is also focused on establishing Georgia Tech as a national leader in higher education bicycle planning, design and culture.  The goals and recommendations in this plan are developed to position Georgia Tech to reach even higher and achieve Gold or Platinum designation.

The full plan, published by Capital Planning and Space Management, is located here.

Alec December 9, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

New Fix-It Station at Police Station

We have a second fix-it station and pump installed at the Police Station, located at the intersection of Hemphill and Ferst Drive. Please feel free to use it and encourage your friends to do so as well! The other fix-it station is near the east end of Tech Walkway, and there is an outdoor air pump at the Parking and Transportation office in Tech Square. Comments welcome at info@bike.gatech.edu.

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Alec November 17, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Improvements Coming to bike.gatech.edu

We’re in the process of upgrading our website; keep an eye out for a shiny new look soon! Since we’re here to help you, the cyclists on campus, we want your feedback on what the new bike.gatech.edu should be. Let us know in the comments what new features you want, or if you have ideas to improve an existing function. A few ideas are below, but we can’t think of everything – thanks for your help!

  • Maps of cycling-friendly routes
  • Instructions for repairs you can do yourself
  • A calendar of rides and cycling events, both on campus and throughout Atlanta
  • Recommendations on what to look for when buying a new or new-to-you bike
  • Tips to stay safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists
  • How to get discounts at local businesses for being a cyclist
  • Information on programs for commuters that complement cycling to work
  • (Your idea here!)

Alec November 17, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

Earth Day is Also Bike Day

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Unfortunately Bike Week 2014 didn’t really come together, despite a whole lot of hoping it would. However, we’re very excited to announce a miniature version of Bike Week: Bike Day! Consider this some of the fun of Bike Week packed into just one day. And what better day for that than Earth Day??

That’s right, this Friday, April 17th (Earth Day 2015) we’ll be celebrating Bike Day as well. That means one day of Bike Commute Prizes, one day of free bike repairs, one day of crazy weird bikes, and one day to get out and ride!

It may not be as flashy or big as past years, but we’re still going to make sure that we recognize all those awesome people who ride to, from, and around campus!

Johann April 13, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

BIIC Looking for New Members!

The BIIC is looking for new student members for 2014-2015 (and hopefully beyond!). If you’re interested, please apply, we have lots of openings and lots of opportunities for you to make a big difference in bicycling on campus!

biic November 19, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Atlanta Bike Challenge comes to Georgia Tech (& Lunch n’ Learn!)

For the past two years, Atlanta has hosted a Bike to Work Challenge, focusing on encouraging people to bike to work to win prizes. Georgia Tech has always had a strong showing, but many staff, faculty, and students weren’t able to participate due to the exclusive focus on commute trips.

Fortunately, this year Georgia Commute Options has unveiled a new program, the Atlanta Bike Challenge, which offers even more prizes (gift cards to local restaurants, passes to exciting attractions, hundreds of movie tickets, even a new bike!) and the bar for participation is just riding a bike for 10 minutes or more, anytime, anywhere between September 28th and October 19th. Participants sign up with an employer team (Go Georgia Tech!) and see if they can get the highest percentage of their staff to participate in the Challenge by riding a bike for 10 minutes. Sounds pretty cool!

You can learn more about the Challenge at the website, www.atlbikechallenge.com

As part of the Challenge, Georgia Tech is hosting a special Lunch n’ Learn with the help of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. If you’ve always wanted to learn the tips and tricks of bike commuting, join us on Wednesday October 15th from 12-1 in the Piedmont Room of the Student Center for a free class! Bring your lunch, meet some cool people, and pick up some handy tools to help you be a more confident and comfortable cyclist.

biic October 1, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

New Look, New Leadership!

You may notice BikeGT has a new look – we’ve gone through the website and given it a shiny new theme and updated the content (hopefully all the pages will be updated soon). It’s not just the website either: the BIIC itself has welcomed a new commander-in-chair, Mariam Asad! Johann is stepping down to focus on grad school (lame, right?), and do things like update the website, while Mariam is stepping up to take the BIIC into 2014-2015.

What will the future hold? Well, the Campus Bike Master Plan is being drafted by Alta Planning + Design as we speak, and will be presented to campus in August. We’ve tagged 160 abandoned bikes on campus, and will be removing them throughout the summer and fall. Those bikes will find new homes thanks to StarterBikes, and all those rack spaces will be able to serve 160 new bikes. We’re also putting the finishing touches on our campus Bicycle Use Policy in the formal Institute Policy Review Process, and it will be released for public comment pretty much any day now!

That’s a brief little snapshot of what’s happening around Georgia Tech over the next few months, but where we go from there? Well, that’s up to all of you! Get involved (we’re looking for new student members of the BIIC!), volunteer, and tell us what you think campus needs (classes? incentives? infrastructure? bike racks? bike shop?). Oh, and of course keep your eyes peeled for Bike Week 2014!

-BikeGT