Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff will participate in National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. Dimitroff will ride from the Publix at 2900 Peachtree Road NW in Buckhead at 7:00 a.m. and arrive at the Falcons Practice Facility in Flowery Branch between 10:00 and 11:00 am, covering approximately 40 miles.
Dimitroff will begin on Peachtree Road NW with the majority of his route following Buford Highway and ending at the Falcons Training Facility at 4400 Falcon Parkway in Flowery Branch. He will be joined by members of the Falcons front office as well as Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) Board Chair Atiba Mbiwan, owner of Free-Flite Bicycles Dan Thornton, ABC members and volunteers Tim Ho and Jeffrey Wisard, and ABC League Cycling Instructor Neil Walker.
"Cycling has always been something that I have enjoyed," said Dimitroff. "On Friday, I get to combine my enjoyment for cycling with my passion for the Atlanta Falcons. I am pleased to work with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition again as we support Bike to Work Day. May is National Bike Month and I hope that everyone gets a chance at least one day this month to get out and spend some time on their bike."
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 ABC 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. This will 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 ABC's 2011 BeltLine Bike Tour and the Pedal with a Purpose to benefit Georgia Cancer Foundation 100-mile ride in 2010. Through cycling, Dimitroff has made an effort to promote physical fitness, health and wellness. He has also committed to helping the ABC support a bicycle friendly Atlanta.