New Belgium's CLiPS Beer and Film Tour is back! Become a member of the ABC and have a free beer on us!

Try New Belgium Brewing's most esoteric beer offerings, pair them with inspiring short films created by fans, and support your local bike advocacy organization - all in one night! The beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that travels coast-to-coast is hosted by New Belgium Brewing and all of the money raised goes directly to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition! This event is free and open to the public.

Free Beer with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Membership!
Make Atlanta better by bike! Join or renew your membership to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition between September 15 and 19 and get a free beer token at the Clips Beer and Film Festival! If you join or renew your membership online or at the event, we’ll have a beer token waiting for you at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition tent on the Southwest corner of the Skate Park. 

Already a member? Get a friend to join at the event and get a beer token for you both! Join or renew here!

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. Finish the 2013 $2.5 million high priority bike projects including protected bike lanes on Charles Allen & in Castleberry Hill & fixes for the Krog Tunnel
  2. 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
  3. Repave Auburn and Edgewood including the bike lanes. Part of the original streetcar scope, removed due to budget constraints. Let's get it back!

Visit us on Facebook to RSVP for a public meeting to weigh in on the project list in person or by emailcomment by clicking on the map above, or find a meeting near you on the city's website.

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

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. 

 

Does cycling matter to you? Then let the planners know

Now's our chance to tell the ARC that we want a more bikeable Metro Atlanta!  A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission poses these questions and more to find out exactly what you think is important to ensure that Metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible and continues to be a great place to live.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. In short, the Regional Plan is a vision to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the region. This is your opportunity to have an impact on this regional vision so that you can be sure your community is growing in the ways you want.

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.

Call to action - contact council members to support a safer, saner Peachtree Road

Peachtree Road is overdue for an overhaul. A proposal from the Buckhead CID could transform it into a safer, saner street for all modes of travel. Yet some long-time residents like those pictured here (image credit: Buckhead View) are opposed to the project on the grounds they believe it will push more cars onto neighborhood streets. Atlanta City Council members representing the district are hearing from them. Some have even contacted the Governor! Will they hear from you??? Please contact at-large council member Mary Norwood (emailtwitter) to ask for her support. She's a strong neighborhood advocate so let her know how this will benefit the neighborhoods. Read more to find out why we think this project represents the best hope for taming Peachtree Road.
 

We're hiring our first Communications Manager!

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is looking for a Communications Manager to tell the story of our advocacy, outreach, education, and events. So much of our work making Atlanta better by bike happens behind the scenes, in meeting rooms and classrooms, over conference calls, on bike lanes and trails, and at the office. Basically, this revolution is not being televised. That's why we're so excited to be hiring our first communications manager!

Your role will be to share our work and all the exciting bike-related happenings in Atlanta with ABC members and supporters, decision-makers and elected officials, potential funders, and the general public. 

Our ideal candidate is creative, strategic, and results-driven. We want someone who is adept at prioritizing opportunities and needs, is highly organized, and enjoys working in a team environment in which strong and strategic communication content is key to organizational success. Not only that, but you’re highly motivated by ABC’s vision, mission, and goals, and see biking as an ideal tool for creating livable communities. 

Read more for details, and apply for the job hereWith partial attribution to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, which is also filling a communications position.

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