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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. 

 

Bike Peachtree? Go to this!

IMG_7727The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) will host a public open house to gain feedback, present concept drawings, explain the project in detail and seek/answer questions and concerns regarding this exciting transformation of Peachtree Road from Maple Drive to Sheridan Drive. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.

TIME/DATE

Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (PRUMC) in Heritage Hall

3180 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, GA 30305 404.266.2373

Image credit: Cameron Adams

Fix DeKalb Avenue

DeKalb Avenue is riddled with potholes, has an outdated and dangerous reversible center lane (aka "suicide lane"), lacks bike lanes, and backs up at key intersections due to the lack of turn lanes. 

We believe the City of Atlanta should make DeKalb Avenue a Complete Street by removing the center "suicide" lane, repaving fix the potholes, and adding bike facilities, turn lanes, and safer crossings.

These simple changes would transform this currently dangerous street into a safe and accessible connection from Decatur to Atlanta for thousands of residents.

Whether you walk, bike, drive, take transit, or all of the above, fixing DeKalb Avenue would benefit you. Let's increase safety, decrease congestion, and connect our communities. Please sign our petition to make DeKalb Avenue a Complete Street.

Atlanta one of six Green Lane project cities chosen by PeopleForBikes

We are so excited about this opportunity and recognition for the progress we're making in Atlanta! Look for a campaign for green lanes on Ponce de Leon Ave. from ABC soon. 

From the PeopleForBikes blog

"The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has selected six new U.S. cities to join its intensive two-year program to build better bike lanes. Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create low-stress streets and increase vitality in urban centers through the installation of protected bike lanes. The six cities were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program.

Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for more people."

Full story here

Video: Atlanta - better by bike

Learn about Atlanta's surprising progress towards becoming a truly bicycle-friendly city.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is right at the heart of it, and you can be too! Join ABC during our spring membership drive, join to be part of making Atlanta better by bike, and be entered to win a free bicycle tour for two, courtesy of REI Adventures! Visit http://www.atlantabike.org/springdrive2014. Bonus: new members can join for just $20 ($40 for families!) 

We're proud to share this video, with host Grammy nominated R&B artist Anthony David and cameos from Mayor Kasim Reed and other Atlantans. It was produced by Mountain View Group with key funding support from PeopleForBikes

Get to know the heart of Atlanta with Central Atlanta Progress!

Atlanta's growth, prosperity, and creativity don't happen in a vacuum. Community improvement districts play a central role in supporting local business, connecting people and places, and sparking new ideas.

From the opening of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame to the addition of a brand new Atlanta Streetcar, it is no wonder that the New York Times listed Downtown Atlanta as one of 52 Places to Go in 2014

Join some of Atlanta's best at the upcoming Central Atlanta Progress annual meeting and get to know the heart of Atlanta and all the right people.

Blinkie Awards: event alert

EVENT ALERT

Who: The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Members, Supporters, Businesses, and Elected Officials including Atlanta City Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms.

What: The Blinkie Awards are a celebration of all things biking in Atlanta. This event recognizes Atlanta Bicycle Coalition supporters, members, and advocates, paying tribute to those making strides towards a bicycle-friendly Atlanta. Awards handmade by a local sculptor will be awarded to winners in categories including bicycle-friendly elected official, partner of the year, favorite bike shop, most bike-friendly neighborhood and bike-friendly business.

When: Friday, February 14, 2014 7 PM – 10 PM

Contact: Reporters, photographers and videographers are all welcome. For media access please contact Rebecca Serna (678) 431-5079 rebecca@atlantabike.org

Read more for details. 

Atlanta Bike Share - it's official!

From Atlanta's first city-wide bike share program's new website

"CycleHop and Social Bicycles are excited to announce that we are in the process of contracting with the City to bring you bike share—a new form of active transportation that is good for you and the environment. Soon residents and visitors will be able to access hundreds of public bicycles in Atlanta and use them to get to and from work, visit friends, dine and shop, or just for fun. Join the movement!"

Connect: info@atlantabicycleshare.com

Sponsorship Opportunities: bike@iconologic.com

You can also join the mailing list by visiting atlantabicycleshare.com.

 

Here's an idea

http://progressivetransit.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/cars-kill-cities/

It's not news that the Atlanta region and the state of Georgia have struggled to find dollars for the transportation projects we need to get out of traffic - projects like city streetcars and light rail, Complete Streets projects to make biking and walking safe and easy, and commuter rail to connect the state. 

We saw the devastating consequences of this lack of options in last week's "2-inch avalanche" (check out this video of a snowy bike commute that worked just fine, thank you.)

Well, here's an idea that could help us out of the mess that is metro Atlanta traffic on an ordinary day. 




Red Squares Indicate Land that is 100% Dedicated to Parking in Midtown Atlanta. Image from http://progressivetransit.wordpress.com

A bike commute is looking pretty good

This week's two inch snowfall gave us plenty of time to think. Reading stories about Good Samaritans was heartwarming and led to a larger realization: people in the South care about each other. We're cooperative and hospitable, and we'll go far out of our way to help each other in times of need.

But when it comes to ordinary times, we're so mired in the way things are, our own day to day, that we can't lift our heads to see the ways things might be.

Then a video like this comes along that illuminates another way. Read more. 

Tomorrow, we'll share one idea that could help track a way forward [here].

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