Living Smarter Initiative Kicks Off With Riding Series

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Post 2 At-Large Atlanta City Councilmember and cyclist Aaron Watson invites Atlantans to join him in Living Smarter. His planned movement calls on Atlantans of all ages to embrace healthy eating habits, active lifestyles and environmentally sustainable practices.

“I want Atlanta to be a greener, healthier and smarter place for us to live,” says Watson.” In talking with fellow Atlantans over the past year, I have learned that this sentiment is shared by many. Through this program, I want to energize citizens to think, move and connect with others to achieve this goal of Living Smarter collectively.”

Watson will kick off Living Smarter with a springtime bicycling series featuring stops at urban farmers markets and a community garden.

In partnership with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, his first ride will feature a stop at the Morningside Farmers Market.

The schedule includes Saturday, April 9 (Morningside Farmers Market), with start location at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Mitchell St.; 9 a.m.; return at noon. The general route is from City Hall to King Center to Freedom Park Trail; then on to Candler Park to North Highlands to Morningside Farmers Market,  and then back to City Hall.

Saturday, April 30 (Peachtree Road Farmers Market), with start location at City Hall, 8:30 a.m.; return time, 1 p.m. General route is from City Hall to Spring Street toward West Peachtree Street to Peachtree Street to Peachtree Road, then back to City Hall.

Bicyclists at all levels are invited to participate in the riding series. There is no cost to participate but registration is required.

Registration is limited to 50 participants for each of the three  adult rides and 30 for the Youth Ride on May 15 that starts at Grant Park Farmers Market at 9 a.m. The last ride is scheduled for Brown Middle School Community Garden at 8 a.m. on June 18.

The deadline to register for each ride is the Wednesday before the ride date.

Register online at or request a registration form at and 404-330-6302.


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