The Street of Dignity: Community Makes Progress on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. currently ranks among the top three most dangerous streets on the Atlanta High Injury Corridor list, according to the draft Atlanta Transportation Plan. But thanks to the leadership of former Mayor Kasim Reed and former Councilmember C.T. Martin, communities along Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. will start seeing improvements that honor the history of the street and Atlanta’s Civil Rights legacy - and save lives in the process. Read more

State legislature considering speed cameras in school zones

The state legislature is considering two bills (SB 435 & HB 978) that would allow speed cameras in school zones. This measure would address aggressive drivers, like the one who hit and killed school crossing guard and grandmother Edna Umeh in a school zone, as children looked on, horrified.  Automated speed enforcement is also a safer and more equitable way to approach traffic laws enforcement than traditional traffic stops.  This will save lives.  You can help it get adopted into law. Ask your state legislators to put an end to speeding in school zones. (Not sure who represents you at the state Capitol? Find your legislator) Read more

Clear the Way for Better Biking in Atlanta

As the city’s bicycle advocacy organization, one of the most common complaints we receive has to do with motor vehicles, specifically commercial vehicles, blocking bike lanes. Atlanta’s bike lanes need to remain clear in order to serve the purpose of moving people by bike. In 2016, we launched Unblock the Lane (read the full report here), a crowdsourcing campaign that empowered members to report motor vehicles parked or stopped in bike lanes by using the camera and geotag feature on their phones. Individuals uploaded photos to the Unblock the Lane map, which instantly captured the violation date, time, and location. Read more

Blinkie Awards 2018 wrap-up

We had a lively, fun, and informative time at the 2018 Blinkie Awards & Members' Party last week, and we hope you did, too. If you weren't able to attend, here's what you missed. Hope you'll make it out next time!  Read more

Pedaling Your ABC Goals and Policy Priorities Inside and Outside City Hall

During last year’s competitive city election cycle, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hosted campaign events that ranged from our interactive and engaging Rolling Town Hall and Atlanta Streets Alive Candidate Row to our formal and insightful Atlanta on the Move Mayoral Forum. Many of the candidates who participated in our events were elected to represent you in City Hall, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Mayoral Forum) and Council President Felicia Moore (Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside), as well as 9 Atlanta City Councilmembers. As much as we want to have ASA every day and weekly Rolling Town Halls with elected officials, we know that the long, uphill work of advocacy depends on you showing up - at community meetings, neighborhood associations, and, of course, City Hall. That’s why we continue to develop the positive relationships we’ve built over the last 26 years and during the city election campaign to amplify your voice. Read more

No, you don't have to wait until spring to ride your new bike!

On Saturday, December 9, while many Atlantans were building snowmen or sipping hot cocoa, scores of children from Southwest Atlanta gathered in the West End for a very special day. Free Bikes for Kids, known as FB4K, spent the summer and fall months securing and tuning up hundreds of bikes to give away to kids. FB4K enlisted the help of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Education Program to lead the kids on their first ride on their brand new bikes — and to teach them how to bike safely. Read more

2018 Atlanta Streets Alive routes: 2 returning + 1 brand-new!

"Bring Atlanta Streets Alive to my community," people tell us. We hear you. That's one reason we activate routes around the city, collaborating with a cluster of neighborhoods for a few years and, gradually, sharing the open streets experience with more of Atlanta's 242 neighborhoods. That is intentional. Here's where we're opening Atlanta's streets to people in 2018. Read more

Get Ready to Bike the Vote - again

We are committed to giving you all the information you need to make your decision at the polls. That's why we shared the Atlanta on the Move Mayoral Forum: Runoff Cut video and Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire to highlight the answers, solutions, and responses from both candidates in the runoff election for Atlanta mayor.  Since the general election, we've been building and renewing relationships with new and returning Atlanta City Council members. During these meetings, we've used our policy briefs as the basis for next year's priorities at City Hall. Check them out after the jump... Read more

Statement on recent death and crash on Atlanta bikeways

We were devastated to hear about the fatal crash yesterday afternoon near Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Luckie Street that claimed the life of Andrew Whitlock. His death occurred at the crossroads of two types of bike facilities - one representing enhanced protective bikeways, the other representing the thin strip of paint that provides space but places our lives in the hands of drivers on a daily basis. Atlanta is also at a major crossroads. The crash comes the night before city elections for Mayor and City Council. Ensuring the safety of our most vulnerable road users should be a critical issue for the next administration. If, as widely expected, there is a runoff for mayor or other seats, we need to know where candidates stand on building safe streets. (We've given Mayoral candidates an opportunity to share their views and plans through the Mayoral Forum and Questionnaire.)  Read more

Here’s how the next Mayor and City Council can make Atlanta a safer and more equitable place to walk, bike, and ride transit

Making Atlanta’s transportation system more equitable and sustainable depends on thoughtful transportation options that are safe and affordable for everyone in Atlanta. In realizing this, we need transportation facilities and urban policies that mutually reinforce each other. (We’ve outlined these solutions in our policy briefs on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Platform page; please click on the links below to learn more about each brief.) Read more