News Briefs: Business & Bikes; pregnant panda; Oakland restoration grant

From 5:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 19, Atlanta’s businesses between 6th and 10th street will be flooded with customers on bicycles looking to spend during Business & Bikes. It’s all part of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s (ABC) “cash-mob-style” event, Business & Bikes, to draw attention to the proposal for protected bike lanes on Peachtree Street, and increase turnout. “We want to show local businesses that good bike lanes mean more customers,” says Rebecca Serna, executive director of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “When people don’t have to search for parking to patronize your business, or aren’t speeding by in car, not even noticing your store or restaurant, then you have more Atlantans aware about your offerings who find it easier to stop and shop.” In addition to ABC, numerous other local Atlanta bike groups will be participating in the “cash mob,” including The Mobile Social, Two Wheel Tuesday, Atlanta Cycling Festival and MOBB. To RSVP for Business & Bikes visit this link.

Lun Lun
Lun Lun

Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda, Lun Lun, is expecting a cub. On Aug. 16, the Zoo Atlanta Veterinary Team obtained an ultrasound image of a fetus measuring 0.78 centimeter, and supporting hormone analyses and monitoring of Lun Lun’s behavior suggest that a birth could take place within three weeks. Beginning on Monday, August 22, the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams will begin 24-hour monitoring of Lun Lun as she nests in her off-exhibit den in The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Giant Panda Conservation Center. A new cub, which would be the first giant panda born in the U.S. in 2016, would be the sixth for 18-year-old Lun Lun and 18-year-old male Yang Yang. The pair’s first, second and third offspring, Mei Lan, Xi Lan and Po, now reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Their fourth and fifth, 3-year-old females Mei Lun and Mei Huan, reside at Zoo Atlanta and are the only twin giant pandas in the U.S.

Thanks to a $300,000 grant from The Rich Foundation, Historic Oakland Foundation is able to continue restoration efforts in the Jewish section of Oakland Cemetery.  The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation acquired the 1.5-acre Jewish Flats area and 1.5-acre Jewish Hill area in the late 1870s, once the Old Jewish Burial Grounds in the cemetery’s original six acres were full. The Old Jewish Burial Grounds were established shortly after the first Jewish settlers arrived in Atlanta in the mid-1850’s. Oakland Cemetery’s Jewish burial grounds are the second-oldest in the state, after Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery.

 

 

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