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. 
 
Sign up for the National Bike Challenge, a virtual event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. Join in at nationalbikechallenge.org. Everyone who logs at least 10 trips during Bike Month will be entered to win a brand new bike donated by Bicycle South! Other prizes throughout the month include a Po Campo pannier donated by The Spindle, a TiGr®lock, and a BizBag.

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!

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.

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