the Terminus 5C

the Terminus 5C: a bicycle challenge
Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014

5 cycle-friendly bars.
5 physical & mental challenges.
5 hours to make the rounds and win as many points as you can.
The Terminus 5C is an annual fundraising bicycle ride for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hosted and run by The Mobile Social.

Register for the Terminus 5C

The final Atlanta Streets Alive of 2014 attracts an additional 20,000 people

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Serna
Executive Director, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Email: rebecca@atlantabike.org
Phone: 404-881-1112

-- Atlantans’ rapidly growing interest in open-street events shows demand and need for more pedestrian and pedal-friendly areas --

ATLANTA (October 2, 2014) – On Sept. 28, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition held its final “Atlanta Streets Alive” for the year, seeing event attendance dramatically increase compared to the year before.  With 83,000 attendees on a similar route in 2013, the just-wrapped event attracted approximately as many as 23,000 additional people (even with looming clouds). Total attendance was estimated between 95,000-106,000.

The substantial increase in attendance wowed the event’s organizer, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, but reinforced the importance of the nonprofit’s efforts to help make Atlanta a more walkable city, as well as a top 10 city for cycling by 2016. 

"Seeing so many people biking and walking just blew us away," says Rebecca Serna. "It just shows how much Atlantans want streets that are open for biking and walking. We especially loved seeing Boulevard full of people playing in the street, hearing hoots of joy as people whizzed down the hills of North Avenue, and experiencing our first-ever bike traffic jam on Highland."

For the event, the city closed a 4.5-mile loop of streets to cars, including N. Highland, Highland, Boulevard and North Avenue.

Atlanta Streets Alive (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s open-streets initiative since 2010) is designed to encourage active, healthy living and celebrate vibrant people-oriented streets by taking cars out of the equation for the afternoon.

An evening of food, drink, and inspiration

This fall, please join us at ABC's annual fall fundraiser, as we celebrate another successful year on Atlanta's journey towards becoming a truly bicycle-friendly city. Thank you so much for all of your support - your contributions go directly towards our advocacy work, community-building events, and programs to increase equitable access to biking.

Eventbrite - An evening of food, drink, and inspiration

Listening Session: Sopo/ABC Alliance (Monday, October 13 6:30 pm)

Join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Sopo Bicycle Coop for a listening session regarding the proposed alliance between the two organizations. The event is open to the public and we urge anyone who has an interest in the future of either organization to attend.

Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, 14 Marietta Street, Room 750, Atlanta, GA, US

Please RSVP via Facebook or Eventbrite so we know how much pizza to order.

ADVOCACY ALERT: make this project list great

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Winning this one would have a HUGE impact on the next five years of bicycle infrastructure in Atlanta! And we need YOU to make it happen.

The City of Atlanta is proposing an infrastructure bond to complete much-needed improvements and repairs to our city's built environment, especially roads, bridges, sidewalks and community facilities.

Check out the map of projects and make sure to comment on your favorites to make sure they make the final cut.

The draft list includes 12 complete streets projects with bikeways ($23.4 million of the total). DeKalb Avenue and Peachtree (two of our three Connecting the City priorities) are on the list, along with 10 other great Complete Streets projects. But in order to achieve Mayor Reed's ambitious goal of becoming a top ten city for cycling by 2016 -- by doubling our miles of bikeways and percentage of bike commuters and creating a safe bike network for bike share users -- we need to do more! 

Our goal is 15% of the bond for bikeways. In addition to what's on the list already, here's what else to ask for at the public meetings or by email:

  1. Fully fund Cycle Atlanta Phase 1.0 at $10 million including a multi-use trail on Lee Street in SW Atlanta and 31 miles of bikeways throughout the city
  2. Make every street on the list a Complete Street
  3. Fund the PATH400 project

Public meetings have ended, but you can still weigh in on the project list by email or by commenting on a project via the map above. 

Show up & speak up for 15% for bikeways in 2015!

The City of Atlanta is hosting a 2nd round of public meetings about a possible infrastructure bond in 2015 this September.

To become the bicycle-friendly city we KNOW we can be, we need YOU to show up & speak up for bike$! 

**Let the City know we want 15% of funds to go towards bikeways** - protected bike lanes, multiuse trails, Complete Streets, etc. This small investment will yield great returns in our shared health, wealth, and happiness, and create improvements that are accessible and beneficial for EVERYONE. 

The City is proposing an Infrastructure Bond in 2015 to fix our streets, bridges, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, and signs; and repair fire stations, police stations, and recreation centers. 

Read more for the schedule of September meetings. Please take the time to come and voice your opinion. All meetings are from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Next Atlanta Streets Alive Sunday September 28 from 2-6 pm on Highland + Boulevard + North Avenue

Join us on Sunday, September 28 from 2pm-6pm Save the date for the next Atlanta Streets Alive on Sunday, September 28 from 2-6 pm. The route is a 5 mile loop on N. Highland + Highland + Boulevard + North Avenue — similar to the one that drew over 83,000 Atlantans to run, walk, dance and play in the streets last year! Five amazing Atlanta neighborhoods, connected by open streets for all.

Opportunities to get involved include 

Host an activity!

Sponsor!

Volunteer!

New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Festival to benefit bike advocacy: Friday, September 19, 2014

New Belgium's Clips of Faith Beer and Film Festival is returning to Atlanta Friday, September 19, 2014. And just like previous years, proceeds will benefit your favorite local bike advocacy organization, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. 

What is Clips of Faith? It's a great night of fine beer and fine films. It's an opportunity to try beers from New Belgium's limited Lips of Faith series, and view short films made by New Belgium fans. This year the films will be screened on the lawn of the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. The festival will open at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30 PM. Films start showing after dark. 

And since it's benefiting better biking in Atlanta, why not get some friends together and make a night of it? Also, consider helping us out by volunteering! You can help us make this the best Clips of Faith yet! Learn more about volunteer opportunities and register to help out here

Summer staffing updates at ABC

This summer, ABC is going through some changes. 
 
First off, we'll say a sad "so long for now" to our wonderful membership coordinator and jack-of-all-trades Adam Nguyen, who is moving to Chicago in August. Adam will train our new membership & donor coordinator, Ben Foster, who comes to us from El Paso, where he founded the bicycle advocacy organization Velo Paso. Please help us give Ben a warm welcome! 
 
Second, our executive director Rebecca Serna is welcoming a new member to her family, as she is expecting her third son. During Rebecca's maternity leave, the capable Keisa Bruce will be the interim operations manager. Communications and advocacy will be ably handled by Leslie Caceda. 
 
Lastly, we've opened a new position at ABC. Could you be our first communciations manager? Click here to learn more.

Thank you for speaking up!

Thank you! For showing up and speaking up at the Infrastructure Bond meetings.

It's been great to see the number of bikes, bike shirts, and bike advocates at all the public meetings! What's even better are the questions we've been asking and the engagement we've been having with elected and public officials. Through the public conversation we have made it clear that prioritizing complete streets that serve the needs of people in all modes of transportation is a top priority!

Please follow up to reinforce our ask: 15%, or $37.5 million, for bikeways in 2015, by emailing infrastructure@atlantaga.gov. 

 
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