Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff hopes to raise cycling awareness

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff getting ready to ride to work on Friday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff getting ready to ride to work on Friday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

BUCKHEAD – I tossed the Blue Streak (the nickname for my Wal-Mart bike) into the Dark Knight and drove over to ride with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and some really cool guys from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition early this morning.

(Their bikes looked a little different than the Blue Streak. I didn’t see any of their bikes at Wal-Mart, either. I also grabbed my daughter’s pink helmet. You can never be to be safe on those roads.)

I only went a couple of miles, while they rode the entire 40 miles from Buckhead to Flowery Branch to celebrate National Bike to Work Day.

Dimitroff has been planning this ride since he arrived in 2008. We’d talked about it several times, so I decided to get on out there.

Dimitroff is a cycling enthusiast. I just get on the Silver Comet Trail from time to time. I need to do it more often for fitness purposes.

Some of the riders were Atiba Mbiwan (owner of Free-Flite Bicycles), Dan Thornton and ABC members and volunteers Tim Ho and Jeffrey Wisard, and ABC league cycling instructor Neil Walker.

“I’d like to probably do this annually if we could,” Dimitroff said. “This is one of those things where you get to ride to work, get the blood flowing. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is about fun. It’s about fitness and about transportation. We are actually covering all three of those today.”

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.

(My man Thomas Stinson was ahead of this curve. The sports writing legend turned word-editor rides daily to the office. He’s a stud!)

“We are building more awareness about bicycle presence and how we can co-exist,” Dimitroff said. “It’s good for the environment. It’s good for everyone to understand that, hey I can get on a bike and run down one of those two-mile or three-mile trips to take care my business. Over 70 percent of the rides today are less than three miles and they a driven by cars. I’m right there along with them. The real stars here today are the people who truly do it every day. We can only aspire to be that good in that area.”

Also, we got in a little football. The roster is set so everyone can stop asking about offensive tackle Marcus McNeil and defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin.

The Falcons are at 89 players and will hit the roster max when they sign fifth-round pick Jonathan Massaquoi.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Delbert D.

May 18th, 2012
12:52 pm

Good for you, D-Led!


May 18th, 2012
1:03 pm

So, did anyone win this tour-de-farce?

Hurt Kurbstreit

May 18th, 2012
1:08 pm

Bike to Work Day is a good cause. I would ride my bike to work but I’m working from home today. Instead. I’ll get in a short ride at lunch. Cycling is a terrific way to get exercise.


May 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

Just wish there were more bike lanes. It’s difficult to coexist when there is only so much real estate.

BTW, if you’re a solo, and you’re on a highway like say 92. Ride the Sidewalk! It’s empty and a lot safer than riding right next to traffic. No cop is going to waste thier time ticketing you for riding on a sidewalk. You can get killed in traffic, I want you to get to work riding safely.

I enjoy biking myself, we just need to start making it easier and safer to do if we really want people to ride to work.


May 18th, 2012
1:29 pm

DLed, I can overlook the Walmart bike, but the pink helmet? C’mon man.

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May 18th, 2012
2:55 pm

a pink lid???????????????? HA . maybe dummytroff should raise winning a playoff game awareness. maybe he should raise scoring an offensive point in a playoff game awareness. how about neww head coach awareness week or new qb awareness week. is dummytroff even aware that he’s not aware?

Chub Rock

May 18th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hey D I caught you on the video bro. When in Rome huh.

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May 19th, 2012
11:21 am

I lived in Erope for three years and it is all about public attitude. There your rideaway rights are respected because everyone rides some. Here in South America it is ‘hit or miss’-
pun intended.


May 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

i heard chub rock was some dudes punk ! ?

Tyler Z.

May 21st, 2012
6:13 pm

hiramsaint, man who are you and what does that mean? !

Jean Claude Killy

May 22nd, 2012
3:49 pm

Enter your comments here

Jean Claude Killy

May 22nd, 2012
3:52 pm

Must be a really slow day when you have Taint Trolls weighing in on TD’s choice of helmet. :)

Jean Claude Killy

May 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm

what do hiramsaint and Kmart have in common,,, They both have Boys pants half off! LOL

MIt Ironman

May 22nd, 2012
4:57 pm

hey pmc. we’re with you on bike lanes

it would also help to reduce the width of the newer rumble strips and put them close to white line so you can ride a bike on the shoulder

BUT. i can tell you never ride 20 to 25 mph because a sidewalk doesnt work for anything but a beach schwinn and a granny. the lane is too narrow, , the turns are too sharp, the bumps between sections will jar out a tooth and you cant safely pas a walker much less two people


May 23rd, 2012
7:30 pm

jean claude sounds like a man of experience at k-mart ! hmmmmmmmm

Sister Teresa

May 24th, 2012
11:54 pm

So, now you do to, Mr. hiram.

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