Meet Matt

Meet Matt. He’s Today’s Nice Stranger. He gets to paint new cycletracks green. I met him while Traveling at the Speed of Bike to work on my new free Ride Spot tour yesterday featuring Atlanta’s Historic Black Colleges and Universities (see all tours-to-date here). I smelled the paint from two blocks away and was drawn to it like the sparrows returning to Capistrano.

Matt and his colleague hope people will use this lane, and I told them it makes a difference in people’s safety and is appreciated*. (I’ve actually already ridden it numerous times as the City of Atlanta has been working on it for literally years.)

Thanks, Matt. And thanks, City of Atlanta.

If interested, meet more of Today’s Nice Strangers here and on Instagram.

* although . . . there’s a lot more to say about this (i.e. this rapidly gentrifying area and what infrastructure like this is known to accelerate), but we’ll leave it at this for now.


As Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, a League Cycling Instructor, a PeopleForBikes Ambassador, and the author of Traveling at the Speed of Bike (book and blog), I shine a light on people making it more welcoming to ride bikes and access public space close to home and around the world. Meet some below! If you’d like to put stories to work for your company, municipality, or organization, see here.

Meet Greg Masterson (Metro Atlanta Cycling Club)

Meet Marjon Manitius (Brookhaven Bike Alliance)

Meet Byron Rushing (Atlanta Regional Commission)

Meet Creighton Bryan (Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy)

Meet Betsy Eggers and Jack Honderd (Peachtree Creek Trail and Brookhaven Bike Aliance)

Jon’s Leap of Faith (Street Minister and Bike Saver Extraordinaire)

A Second(er) or Two about Why You’re Needed (City of Dunwoody)

Meet Matt (Painter of New Cycle Track by Mercedes Benz Stadium)

Meet Dr. Walter May (Reinhardt University)

Meet Alex Gee (World Bicycle Relief)

Meet Shawn Deangelo Walton (Everybody Eats ATL and WeCycle)

Meet Charlton Bivins (Clayton County Cycling Club)

Meet Emmett McNair (tour guide extraordinaire)

Meet Mike Flueckiger (Primary Mechanic at Global Spokes)

Thank You, Courtney (NYC’s Peoples’ Bike Mayor)

Meet Carden Wycoff (Wheelchair Warrior at 6 MPH)

Meet Jillian Banfield (Bicycle Mayor of Halifax, Canada)

Meet Arcy Canumay (Bicycle Mayor of Waterloo, Canada)

Meet Shelley Carr (Bicycle Mayor of London, Canada)

Meet Susan Stokhof (Bicycle Mayor of Victoria, Canada)

Meet Daniel Eppstein (Director of Operations at BYCS)

Meet 31 Women Making the USA More Welcoming for Riding Bikes (the “You Go Girl!’ Series)

Meet 11 Bike Tour Guides (from the Bicycle Tours of Atlanta Team)