Another BeltLine weekend with the Earth Day Bike Ride and Inman Park Festival!

A BeltLine weekend! Up top is the BeltLine booth with myself, Fred Yolaris, Martha, and Alisa. Next is Rebecca of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition organizing dozens of bike riders into group. Third photo, Rob Brawner of the BeltLine Partnership gives an overview of the future development at University and McDaniel Street in Pittsburgh. And last we have Stanton Park which is already embraced by the community as a local park and will expand more in the future (the BeltLine runs along the ridge in the right side of this photo).

A BeltLine weekend! Up top is the BeltLine booth with myself, Fred Yolaris, Martha, and Alisa. Next is Rebecca of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition organizing dozens of bike riders into group. Third photo, Rob Brawner of the BeltLine Partnership gives an overview of the future development at University and McDaniel Street in Pittsburgh. And last we have Stanton Park which is already embraced by the community as a local park and will expand more in the future (the BeltLine runs along the ridge in the right side of this photo).

After a cold snap this past week, spring decided to give it another try and this weekend showcased a perfect Southern spring! On Saturday morning, we loaded up the Atlanta BeltLine booth and headed to the Inman Park Festival where we found out booth spot right next to the Star 94 tent and right in front of one of the live music stages (a megaphone probably would have helped in telling people about the BeltLine, although we did enjoy the bluesy live stage). After setting up the booth with Kevin Cregan (of Kudzu Studios, whose company created the booth), we took the first shift along with E. Fred Yolaris (the Director of Design for the Atlanta BeltLine) and Martha and Alisa of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy.

Volunteering in the BeltLine booth is always fun, especially as the crowd picks up at the festival. Inevitably, the booth is always full and the Inman Park Festival was no exception. We had the opportunity to tell a lot more people about the BeltLine while also encouraging everyone to go on a BeltLine bus tour, attend a BeltLine 101 session to learn the basics, and get involved in the study groups and volunteer efforts. You can now order BeltLine flyers online, too, to hand out to people in your neighborhood. This can be beneficial for homeowners associations in condos and lofts that live along the BeltLine in raising awareness and getting people involved with the project.

The Inman Park festival was great, but we wanted more. So, on Sunday, we met up with dozens of other bike riders at Gordon White Park in the West End for the second annual BeltLine Bike Ride. The ride was very well organized this year, thanks to major time and energy by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the BeltLine Partnership. We chose to do the 16 mile route for time’s sake, but there were a variety of options, including a one mile route for the kiddos, a four mile route for families, the 16 mile route, and then the 30 mile “Urban Explorer” route for those who wanted to go the whole distance around the BeltLine. I was surprised to find that the 30 mile group was the largest!

We had a few stops along the way to explain where the BeltLine comes through, how it connects Atlanta’s communities and schools, and how anticipated parks and greenspace would develop around the tracks and trails. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely try and do it next year! So go green and support the BeltLine!

And, on a side note, when we weren’t doing BeltLine stuff, we planted two vegetable gardens this weekend – more to come on that soon…

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