ABC seeks Business Fellow

In cities across the country, business communities are embracing the benefits of bikeways. From augmenting their bottom line to enhancing the communities they operate in, bicycle infrastructure and initiatives are increasingly popular with businesses, from the small retail operation to the large white-collar employer of thousands. Cities with convenient and connected bike networks see benefits including higher retail sales at local businesses on bikeways, better attraction and retention of an educated workforce, healthcare cost reductions, and more. 

Atlanta stands to benefit from these projects in the near future, with several protected bikeways in the works and the potential for the basis of a connected network in the near future. 

That's why PeopleForBikes selected Atlanta as a Green Lane Project city, and why they awarded the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition a grant to hire a Business Fellow to build relationships via a business outreach program that furthers our goals. Read more for a brief job description. The Business Fellow will help craft this initiative. 

Ride with Joey, hosted by Three Taverns Brewery

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWant the inside scoop on what it's like inside the professional peloton?

Atlanta's Joey Rosskopf is the "late season American sensation" of professional road bike racing according to Phil Leggett, winning the KOM jersey at Tour of Utah, then finishing 6th at USA Pro Cycling Challenge while riding for the Hincapie Development Team.  Along the way, he received serious TV face time, and has now been rewarded  with a new contract with BMC Racing Team (i.e. Teejay Van Garderen, Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet, et al).
 
Joey has agreed to host a special ride on Nov. 16th  benefitting the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Almost as good, Three Taverns Brewery will be the start/finish location and provide a free beer tasting.  Read more or click here for details. Tickets are limited to 100 so sign up today! 

Storify Atlanta Streets Alive

Wow. What a day.
 
Some 106,000 Atlantans showed just how much demand exists for a more bikeable, walkable, livable Atlanta at our most recent Atlanta Streets Alive. 
 
Thank you to our generous sponsors who made the joy possible!
 
Read more for a collection of images, videos, tweets and blog posts - a celebration of people-powered streets.

Huge turnout at the final Atlanta Streets Alive of 2014 shows demand for livable streets

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.

Image credit @pickledliverchris on Instagram.

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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. 

The Atlanta Bike Challenge is here!

It's a fun, free competition where workplaces compete to see who can get the most people riding a bike anytime between September 28 and October 19.

Recruit coworkers to ride a bike to climb up the leaderboard and win the Challenge. People only need to bike for 10 minutes (but don't be surprised if you don't want to stop!) 

Find out more

Register here

Metro Atlanta Tour De Farm Saturday, October 18

Join us for the third annual Atlanta Tour de Farm on Saturday, October 18th 2014. The Tour de Farm is a full day bicycle tour of local urban farms, including farm-fresh provisions, locally sourced and prepared breakfast, lunch and dinners, and optional overnight camping at Bamboo Creek Farm.

The on-farm supper will be prepared by Jarrett Stiber of Eat Me, Speak Me, and refugee farmers from the Global Growers Network. Bountiful meals and snacks are included and primarily sourced from the farms on the tour and market vendors including Spotted Trotter, King of Pops, Revolution Doughnuts, and other yummy market vendors. Farm visits include urban farms and unique locations generally not open to the public.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Community Farmers Markets educational outreach programs (www.farmatl.org), farmers, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Check out a short video from last year’s ride, and purchase tickets online.

Questions? Email info@communityfarmersmarkets.org

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.

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

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