Muni-Monday: No Fancy Bike Riding!

by Candace Garcia

Hey Atlanta, another Muni-Monday comin’ at cha on WNBC.

Do you know that you cannot do any funny business on a bicycle? It appears that the rules state that you cannot even ride your bike one-handed, or as the City of Atlanta defines funny business: “fancy.”

So that’s right, no fancy riding. Ever. You can’t even get out of the saddle lest that be considered fancy. The City of Atlanta wishes that you do not breed to develop a special type of animal with your bike (see below). Yes, I’m being literal. It seems the City of Atlanta’s lawyers slacked on specificity and didn’t use their well-trained legal minds to even reference a dictionary before the lackadaisical usage of such a word. The word “fancy” can be considered a matter of opinion in the courtroom, one can only assume.

So before you grab a cuppa and jump on your bike to head to work in the morning, stop and think for a moment: “am I being fancy?” You never know when the APD might take this literally. Happy riding!

Fancy [fan-see]


1. Imagination or fantasy, especially as an exercise in a capricious manner;

2. the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorate detail, etc., as in poetry or drawing;

3. a mental image or conception;

4. an idea or opinion with little foundation; illusion;

5. a caprice; whim; vagary;

6. capricious preference; inclination; a liking;

7. critical judgment; taste.


11. made, designed, grown, adapted, etc., to please;

12. ornamental; decorative; not plain;

13. depending on imagination or caprice; whimsical; irregular;

14. bred to develop points of beauty or excellence, as an animal.

15. much too costly; exorbitant or extravagant;

Verb (used with object):

16. to form a conception of; picture oneself;

17. to believe without being absolutely sure or certain;

18. to take a liking to;

19. to breed to develop a special type of animal.

Sec. 150-211. – Acrobatic or fancy riding.

No rider of any bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars or feet from the pedal or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street nor shall any person operating a bicycle upon a street participate in any race of speed or endurance in a contest with any other bicycle or vehicle.


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