Atlanta Streets Alive is this Sunday!

Come show your support for vibrant, safe, active streets  -- and for things that make Atlanta awesome! Explore the historic West End and Adair Park neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by handstand, enjoy musical performances including Grammy winner Kebbi Williams, and over 70 frisky and free activities for kids of all ages. 

P.S. It's not too late to volunteer and earn that coveted t-shirt. Sign up here

Last week to refer a friend to ABC and win a bicycle vacation for two!

It's the final week of our Refer a Friend Membership Drive. If you're a current member, it's not too late to invite your friends to become members of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition!

Not only will you be strengthening our campaigns for an Atlanta bike share program, a Complete Streets transformation of DeKalb Avenue, and bike lanes on Peachtree, you'll connect your friends to an advocacy organization that works for all of us.

Also, Prizes.

You'll be entered into our drawing to win a bicycle vacation for two at Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks courtesy of REI Adventures!

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of the simple freedoms that riding a bicycle impacts to people from all walks of life. 

It’s the perfect time to join in, whether you’re just getting started, or have been biking for years and want to connect with others in bike communities around Atlanta. Read more for #BikeMonthATL events to connect and share the benefits with others. 

 

ABC seeks Ride Director

You need a new bike, and we need a ride director! Join the ABC team to help put on a great event that will raise awareness and funds for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Atlanta BeltLine! 

This position will be responsible for the logistics and planning of the Annual Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tour, a partnered ride in collaboration with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Annual Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tour will be an escorted ride on open streets of the current and future Atlanta BeltLine project. The ride will take place Saturday, June 14 in conjunction with the Atlanta Cycling Festival and is the continuation of an event founded by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) in 2008.

Read more for details.

8 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking in the United States (and 3 surprising facts about biking & walking in Atlanta)

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This week marked the launch of the brand new 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report, a massive report filled with data and research on walking and bicycling in all 50 states, 52 of the most populous cities, and 17 midsized cities.

The report includes three facts about biking and walking in Atlanta that might surprise you:

  1. The City of Atlanta has the 7th lowest bicycle fatality rate per 10,000 bike commuters! Biking in the city is safer than most people think. Unfortunately, that dynamic doesn't hold true for the state - Georgia ranks 43rd. 
  2. When you combine people walking and biking to work in Atlanta, we make up 5.5% of the population. Percentage of commuting that takes place on foot? A surprising 4.5%1 
  3. Atlanta has some of the best, most unlimited access to transit for bikes, with no restrictions on bikes on MARTA. Only Minneapolis and Memphis have the same level of access with more transit hours accessible for people with bikes. 

Want to check it out for yourself? Download the report here: http://peoplepoweredmovement.org/benchmarking.

There’s a TON of really fascinating data in this year’s Alliance Benchmarking Report. Here’s a peek at the eight most interesting data points (and 3 interesting facts about Atlanta.)

National Bike to Work Day: May 16, 2014

May 16 is National Bike to Work Day - the perfect time to try biking to work, school, or wherever life takes you. 
 
Bike commuting will save you money, get you some free exercise, and bring new adventures as you explore your community and city. 
 
Take the pledge to bike to work Friday May 16 and be entered to win a brand new bike donated by Bicycle SouthPo Campo pannier donated by The SpindleTiGr® lock, or other prizes! 

ABC moving to Portland...on April 1. By bike.

Kidding! No one is allowed to move to Portland, you know that. It's kind of a rule we have.

SiPortland has enough people like you already - people who think biking is a normal, if especially fun, part of everyday life.

Atlanta, now ... Atlanta needs you! Stay put, settle down, and have an Atlanta-famous donut instead.

You say Portland has bikes - Atlanta has bikes! Portland has craft brews - Atlanta has craft brews! Portland has weird - you know Atlanta has weird. So we don't have a bike moving company yet - that's a business opportunity, not a detriment. 

Stay put and help us make this city better...by bike.

If the thought of a cross-country bike move got you all fired up, go ahead and sign up to volunteer with us at the April 20 Atlanta Streets Alive - a little slice of of Portland, only home-grown and Southernified. Or become a neighborhood bike liaison. Or get to know your City Councilmember so we can get more/better bikeways. There's so much to do and you are already making a difference.  

Sign up here to volunteer for Atlanta Streets Alive. 

Or just go watch some Portlandia.

Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition team up for #BeltLineCharm campaign

Bring on the charm!

From the Atlanta BeltLine Blog: Trail Etiquette Campaign is Coming – Volunteers Needed!

Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition volunteers are bringing an etiquette campaign out to the Eastside Trail on weekends in March and April to remind everyone how to keep the Atlanta BeltLine fun and enjoyable for all users. We call it #BeltLineCharm. You’ll see their friendly faces smiling over signs with simple reminders about courtesy on the trails. They’d love for you to come out and say hello!

The Atlanta BeltLine is no longer Atlanta’s best-kept secret. The success of the Eastside Trail alone has caused the project’s popularity to explode, with visitors numbering near 10,000 on peak days (you remember the Lantern Parade, right?). As new parts of the project are completed, more people will head to the Atlanta BeltLine to enjoy all it has to offer, and we want everyone to be neighborly.

Slow down, sugar! Read more for details.

Let's Fix DeKalb Avenue: ideas for adding bike lanes, cycle track, or a multi-use trail

Now that our "Fix DeKalb Ave" petition is at nearly 1,000 signatures (click here to add yours to the list!), we wanted to share some images of options for improvements. Some of these are more costly than others - we've listed them below in order from least to most expensive. And all of the options are affordable in comparison with the cost of a life lost, which current conditions risk. Please read more for details and larger images. 

 

ABC Bike Commuter Breakfast April 3 at West End Krispy Kreme with WeCycle: #dothebikething

ABC Bike Commuter Breakfast April 3 at West End Krispy Kreme with WeCycle: #dothebikething

We have really got you covered for tomorrow morning's special edition Bike Commuter Breakfast!

Get your donut, a good start on the day, and a sneak peak of the neighborhood that will host this year's first Atlanta Streets Alive tomorrow morning. Event details and RSVPs on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1jAkyZV

Big thanks to the Bike Commuters of Atlanta and WeCycle for coordinating! Join the group on Facebook.

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