Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff will participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. Dimitroff will ride a loop beginning and ending at the Georgia Dome, covering approximately 17 miles through downtown Atlanta.
The ride will start at 7:30 a.m., at Falcons Landing between the Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Dimitroff will lead the route along with members of the Falcons front office and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The route will feature several iconic Atlanta landmarks, including the historic West End neighborhood, Westside BeltLine Trail, Turner Field, Grant Park, and the Eastside BeltLine Trail. The ride is open to the public and riders are encouraged to join along on their commutes to work. The route can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1EAI3gO. It will be at a casual, social pace (10-15 mph) and end with music and snacks at the Dome. Registration is encouraged for planning purposes and riders can join Dimitroff by signing up at http://www.atlantafalcons.com/community/bike-to-work.html. Parking will be available in the Red Deck and parking passes will be emailed to participants that pre-register.
"As we recognize National Bike Month, I am looking forward to once again participating in Bike to Work Day in the City of Atlanta," said Dimitroff. "This is an exciting time for cycling in the city, with new bike lanes being constructed and a bike share on the horizon. This event gives us an opportunity to raise awareness for better biking in Atlanta, while highlighting some of the city's best bike friendly areas. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to combine my passion for cycling with the city that we represent on the field."
National Bike to Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of National Bike Month, which is held every May. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition supports the event in Atlanta and encourages people to commute to work using a bicycle.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has been the city's voice for better biking for 20 years. Its mission is to make it safer and easier for people to ride bicycles in order to help create a healthier, more sustainable Atlanta, and allow people to enjoy a higher quality of life. While improving public health, cleaning the air, reducing congestion, and building the community.
Dimitroff has participated in a number of cycling events during his time with the Falcons, including the 2012 Camp Twin Lakes Spin for Kids in Rutledge, GA, the ABC's 2011 BeltLine Bike Tour, and the Pedal with a Purpose to benefit Georgia Cancer Foundation 100-mile ride in 2010. He has participated in Bike to Work Day each year since 2012. Additionally, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation awarded the ABC a grant to conduct a feasibility study for bike sharing in the city in 2012. On March 3, 2015, City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the introduction of Atlanta Bike Share, which will launch later this year with 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations throughout the city.
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