City of Atlanta staff tour of existing and future bike infrastructure

We took City of Atlanta Public Works engineers on a bike tour, to give staff responsible for designing and installing new bikeways the experience of using them. It was a big success! Now they want to make this a monthly event and extend the opportunity to others at the city.
 
We started with Edgewood and Auburn (this was very eye opening), then headed to the BeltLine, 10th Street (protected bike lanes) and Charles Allen (future protected bike lanes).As you can see, we had a blast! Special thanks to Civil Bikes for helping make it possible! Here are a few quotes overheard on the ride.
 
 
"The ride gave me more empathy for people on bikes."

"Amazing what a two foot buffer can do for the bike lane experience."

"This bike box rocks!"

"I made a mental note of the potholes and gaps. We need to get those fixed."

"I can't wait until the BeltLine connects the whole city."

Volunteers clean up bike lane on Glenwood Ave

This Thanksgiving, we're grateful for amazing volunteers like these three. 

 

Thank you David, Robin, and Jordan for cleaning up the Glenwood Ave bike lane for everyone to use! 

 

Let's all encourage Public Works to sweep the bike lanes on a regular basis by calling 404.330.6333, emailing publicworks@atlantaga.gov, or try the new 311 system. 

Listening session in Southwest Atlanta: Complete Streets, making biking mainstream, and retrofitting Lee Street

During Atlanta Streets Alive West End, when septuagenarians rode alongside 7-year-olds safely, comfortably, and with confidence, more people are biking in the neighborhood. Community members are asking - how can we make that safe bicycling experience more widespread and a mainstream means of transportation in Atlanta? Are safe routes for everyone important to you?

ABC invites the community to a listening session to hear ideas and concerns about biking, and talk about the potential for complete streets that are safe for people using all kinds of transportation modes.

Come share your thoughts and find out more about the potential to retrofit Lee Street into a bikeable, walkable boulevard everyone can use. 

Thursday, November 13 from 6-8 pm at Fire Station 14 in the Community Room at 1203 Lee St. SW Atlanta, GaChildren welcome; dinner provided. Please RSVP at http://leestreetsw.eventbrite.com so we know how many to expect.

Example from Jacksonville

 

League of American Bicyclists visits Atlanta to assess just how bicycle-friendly the city is today

Last week the League of American Bicyclists visited Atlanta and Brookhaven as part of a national tour of cities. The goal is to assess just how bike-friendly the cities are, and encourage more cities to apply for the League's recognition program, Bicycle Friendly America.

Check out the video below and pictures from the visit.

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 TinyPicOn November 16th, local boy made good Joey Rosskopf will 100 Atlanta and Decatur cyclists on a little ride. As he garners accolades on as the "late season American sensation" of professional road bike racing, winning the KOM jersey at Tour of Utah, then finishing 6th at USA Pro Cycling Challenge while riding for the Hincapie Development Team, he hasn't forgotten about the folks back home.

After signing a contract with BMC Racing Team (i.e. Teejay Van Garderen, Philippe Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet, et al), he's agreed to host a special ride benefitting the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Plus, 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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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.

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