Advocacy Corner

Many of our calls to action involve contacting an Atlanta city councilmember. Getting to know yours ahead of time makes it easy. Click here to find your representative on the Atlanta City Council. 

1. Bike Friendly Neighborhoods. You'd like to see your community become more bikeable, right? With the funding in place to build bike projects, joining your neighborhood association might be the best way to help that happen!  Details at www.atlantabike.org/node/2363.

2. Connect the City. ABC is working on an initiative to build bicycle facilities on three major Atlanta corridors that happen to be both flat and important cross-town connectors - Peachtree Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Lee Street. Stay tuned for details and how to get involved. Call to action: sign the Peachtree petition here, Shop and Dine Peachtree and let businesses know you biked there by using social media (hashtag #bikepeachtree), or print and hand out these cards.

**3. Atlanta Bike Share.** City of Atlanta councilmember Kwanza Hall introduced a resolution that would allow the City and Mayor Kasim Reed to enter a contract for bike share with Cycle Hop. The legislation will go to the CDHR (Community Development & Human Resources) committee for consideration.
 
Call to action: Is your council member on the committee? Let them know you're excited about bike share! Andre Dickens - Chair; Michael Julian Bond; Keisha Lance Bottoms; Kwanza Hall; Joyce Sheperd; Cleta Winslow; Ivory Lee Young, Jr. If you're not sure who represents your neighborhood on council, visit http://bit.ly/findyourcouncilmember to find out.
 
3. Bike-Friendly AtlantaThe City has committed to making Atlanta a top-ten bicycling city in the U.S. by 2016. To make that happen, we want to triple the percentage of trips by bike, bring in a bike share program, and double the miles of bicycle facilities, creating a safe and connected network of bikeways and bikeable streets. Read more about the city's goals here. Call to action: pay attention to news stories about bike projects and share your opinions in the comments section. Too often, only the complaints get heard. Let's make sure the compliments get passed along as well! Or send an email or call your local elected officials to thank them for supporting bikeways.

4. Get involved with a Livable Centers InitiativeThe Livable Centers Initiative, or LCI, is a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission that helps local governments plan and build transportation projects that take land use into account, creating places where people have transportation options that don't solely revolve around driving. Getting involved in a study in your area can be a terrific way to ensure projects take the needs of bike riders into account. Meetings are held during the evening over a period of a few months, making it a good short-term advocacy project. Find out more at www.atlantaregional.com