Atlanta Streets Alive (BIKES!!!)

Atlanta Streets Alive came back to Virginia-Highlands, Poncey-Highlands, Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward again this weekend! Despite being overcast (which actually made it pleasant) it was very well attended. 

If you don't know about it, they shut down Highland Ave, Boulevard and North Ave (last year it was only Highland) to vehicular traffic, and pedestrians walk and ride bikes along the route, and local businesses and individuals set up stands or have activities. It's pretty cool.

The event is organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.  They have done excellent work through the years promoting cycling in Atlanta, from bike lanes to education campaigns. 

Of course for me, the most interesting part is checking out all the bikes. There's every sort of bike at this event: old steel road bikes, mountain bikes of all levels, track bikes, custom bikes, high end racing bikes, traditional commuters - pretty much everything.

There were countless cool bikes that I didn't snap photos of, but here's a bunch that caught my eye for some reason of another. Enjoy!

One of the more interesting bikes I saw. Custom steel Independent bike = likes classic styling. Dura-Ace = likes performance. Livestrong bracelet = supporter of Lance Armstrong in some capacity.

One of the more interesting bikes I saw. Custom steel Independent bike = likes classic styling. Dura-Ace = likes performance. Livestrong bracelet = supporter of Lance Armstrong in some capacity.

Some old steel road bikes.

Some old steel road bikes.

Rare to see a Condor.

Rare to see a Condor.

Cool old Gary Fisher mountain bike.

Cool old Gary Fisher mountain bike.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition had several stands set up along the route.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition had several stands set up along the route.

Cool paint job on the old Schwinn.

Cool paint job on the old Schwinn.

Classic Litespeed, and there's the cool pink Schwinn further down. Giro stylz.

Classic Litespeed, and there's the cool pink Schwinn further down. Giro stylz.

Bamboo bike.

Bamboo bike.

Custom paint job on a road commuter.

Custom paint job on a road commuter.

Cool old Miele - from looking at the calves I think he knows how to make it pick up and go too.

Cool old Miele - from looking at the calves I think he knows how to make it pick up and go too.

Yellow rims!

Yellow rims!

Bianchi with Brooks saddle.

Bianchi with Brooks saddle.

Red rims!

Red rims!

Cool blue Matsuri.

Cool blue Matsuri.

Bike polo on Boulevard.

Bike polo on Boulevard.

Trek Antelope. It was cool seeing the mountain bikes I wished I could have as a kid.

Trek Antelope. It was cool seeing the mountain bikes I wished I could have as a kid.

Rockhopper. 

Rockhopper. 

The graphics are SO early 90s.

The graphics are SO early 90s.

Frankenbike.

Frankenbike.

Centurion.

Centurion.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is always great about providing bike parking at events throughout Atlanta, like the Candler Park or at VAHI Summerfest.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is always great about providing bike parking at events throughout Atlanta, like the Candler Park or at VAHI Summerfest.

One of those rare times slowing down is a good thing.

One of those rare times slowing down is a good thing.

Not sure what these guys were all about, but they were dressed like knights and had weapons.

Not sure what these guys were all about, but they were dressed like knights and had weapons.

These guys were cool - performing basketball tricks.

These guys were cool - performing basketball tricks.

Schwinns!

Schwinns!

Wild seeing North Ave without cars. This hill was pretty steep and people were walking their bikes up it.

Wild seeing North Ave without cars. This hill was pretty steep and people were walking their bikes up it.

This dude was pretty cool.

This dude was pretty cool.

Ponce City Market is so sweet. Can't wait to have a burger and beers at H&F.

Ponce City Market is so sweet. Can't wait to have a burger and beers at H&F.

Masquerade: not long for this world.

Masquerade: not long for this world.

Atlanta loves the Beltline. 

Atlanta loves the Beltline. 

Happy to see all the development happening on North.

Happy to see all the development happening on North.

Highland Ave was PACKED. This is where most of the businesses were participating.

Highland Ave was PACKED. This is where most of the businesses were participating.

I like old Peugeots.

I like old Peugeots.

Paddy Wagon and Sereno (sp?) Never heard of them but they looked pretty cool.

Paddy Wagon and Sereno (sp?) Never heard of them but they looked pretty cool.

SO MANY BIKES.

SO MANY BIKES.

Sometimes you just gotta get aero.

Sometimes you just gotta get aero.

This bike looked cool, but I'm not sure what brand it is. It has a SRAM force crankset, but the rings are awfully small - like, CX small - but it doesn't have canti brakes. Anyone know?

This bike looked cool, but I'm not sure what brand it is. It has a SRAM force crankset, but the rings are awfully small - like, CX small - but it doesn't have canti brakes. Anyone know?

Old classic Cannondale.

Old classic Cannondale.

Le Synapse.

Le Synapse.

Fixie.

Fixie.

I like the colors on this cruiser.

I like the colors on this cruiser.

Single speed.

Single speed.

Restrained, cool looking commuter bike. Linus (sp)?

Restrained, cool looking commuter bike. Linus (sp)?

PURPLE!

PURPLE!

This seemed to be the preferred parent-child combo I saw - maybe because of ease of attachment?

This seemed to be the preferred parent-child combo I saw - maybe because of ease of attachment?

"What are you lookin at?"

"What are you lookin at?"

Single speed with custom paint.

Single speed with custom paint.

Huge, haven't heard of them before.

Huge, haven't heard of them before.

Pink rims!

Pink rims!

Never seen a high wheel bike before, but why not?!

Never seen a high wheel bike before, but why not?!

Great day, happy people (well, minus a few motorists who were angry they couldn't drive down North Ave - one lady even flicked off the police officer at the intersection). But you can't make everyone happy.