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ADVOCACY ALERT: make this project list great

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Winning this one would have a HUGE impact on the next five years of bicycle infrastructure in Atlanta! And we need YOU to make it happen.

The City of Atlanta is proposing an infrastructure bond to complete much-needed improvements and repairs to our city's built environment, especially roads, bridges, sidewalks and community facilities.

Check out the map of projects and make sure to comment on your favorites to make sure they make the final cut.

The draft list includes 12 complete streets projects with bikeways ($23.4 million of the total). DeKalb Avenue and Peachtree (two of our three Connecting the City priorities) are on the list, along with 10 other great Complete Streets projects. But in order to achieve Mayor Reed's ambitious goal of becoming a top ten city for cycling by 2016 -- by doubling our miles of bikeways and percentage of bike commuters and creating a safe bike network for bike share users -- we need to do more! 

Our goal is 15% of the bond for bikeways. In addition to what's on the list already, here's what else to ask for at the public meetings or by email:

  1. Fully fund Cycle Atlanta Phase 1.0 at $10 million including a multi-use trail on Lee Street in SW Atlanta and 31 miles of bikeways throughout the city
  2. Make every street on the list a Complete Street
  3. Fund the PATH400 project

Public meetings have ended, but you can still weigh in on the project list by email or by commenting on a project via the map above. 

Show up & speak up for 15% for bikeways in 2015!

The City of Atlanta is hosting a 2nd round of public meetings about a possible infrastructure bond in 2015 this September.

To become the bicycle-friendly city we KNOW we can be, we need YOU to show up & speak up for bike$! 

**Let the City know we want 15% of funds to go towards bikeways** - protected bike lanes, multiuse trails, Complete Streets, etc. This small investment will yield great returns in our shared health, wealth, and happiness, and create improvements that are accessible and beneficial for EVERYONE. 

The City is proposing an Infrastructure Bond in 2015 to fix our streets, bridges, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, and signs; and repair fire stations, police stations, and recreation centers. 

Read more for the schedule of September meetings. Please take the time to come and voice your opinion. All meetings are from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Call to action - contact council members to support a safer, saner Peachtree Road

Peachtree Road is overdue for an overhaul. A proposal from the Buckhead CID could transform it into a safer, saner street for all modes of travel. Yet some long-time residents like those pictured here (image credit: Buckhead View) are opposed to the project on the grounds they believe it will push more cars onto neighborhood streets. Atlanta City Council members representing the district are hearing from them. Some have even contacted the Governor! Will they hear from you??? Please contact at-large council member Mary Norwood (emailtwitter) to ask for her support. She's a strong neighborhood advocate so let her know how this will benefit the neighborhoods. Read more to find out why we think this project represents the best hope for taming Peachtree Road.
 

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


Please sign the petition to make DeKalb Avenue a Complete Street.

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 to fix the potholes, and adding bike facilities, turn lanes, and safer crossings.

Now that that the petition is at over 1,000 signatures (click here to add yours to the list!), we wanted to share potential options for improvements. Please read more for details and 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. 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. 

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