New Belgium Clips Beer and Film Festival to benefit bike advocacy: Friday, September 19, 2014

New Belgium's Clips of Faith Beer and Film Festival is returning to Atlanta Friday, September 19, 2014. And just like previous years, proceeds will benefit your favorite local bike advocacy organization, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. 

What is Clips of Faith? It's a great night of fine beer and fine films. It's an opportunity to try beers from New Belgium's limited Lips of Faith series, and view short films made by New Belgium fans. This year the films will be screened on the lawn of the Old Fourth Ward Skatepark. The festival will open at 7:30 PM and end at 10:30 PM. Films start showing after dark. 

And since it's benefiting better biking in Atlanta, why not get some friends together and make a night of it? Also, consider helping us out by volunteering! You can help us make this the best Clips of Faith yet! Learn more about volunteer opportunities and register to help out here

Summer staffing updates at ABC

This summer, ABC is going through some changes. 
First off, we'll say a sad "so long for now" to our wonderful membership coordinator and jack-of-all-trades Adam Nguyen, who is moving to Chicago in August. Adam will train our new membership & donor coordinator, Ben Foster, who comes to us from El Paso, where he founded the bicycle advocacy organization Velo Paso. Please help us give Ben a warm welcome! 
Second, our executive director Rebecca Serna is welcoming a new member to her family, as she is expecting her third son. During Rebecca's maternity leave, the capable Keisa Bruce will be the interim operations manager. Communications and advocacy will be ably handled by Leslie Caceda. 
Lastly, we've opened a new position at ABC. Could you be our first communciations manager? Click here to learn more.

Thank you for speaking up!

Thank you! For showing up and speaking up at the Infrastructure Bond meetings.

It's been great to see the number of bikes, bike shirts, and bike advocates at all the public meetings! What's even better are the questions we've been asking and the engagement we've been having with elected and public officials. Through the public conversation we have made it clear that prioritizing complete streets that serve the needs of people in all modes of transportation is a top priority!

Please follow up to reinforce our ask: 15%, or $37.5 million, for bikeways in 2015, by emailing 


Borrow Our Stuff!

As an ABC member you can check out our bike trailer for free! 

Perfect for those who are carrying something big and bulky, or for those planning a weekend bike camping trip. 

Read more to find out about all the great items members can borrow.


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.

Does cycling matter to you? Then let the planners know

Now's our chance to tell the ARC that we want a more bikeable Metro Atlanta!  A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission poses these questions and more to find out exactly what you think is important to ensure that Metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible and continues to be a great place to live.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. In short, the Regional Plan is a vision to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the region. This is your opportunity to have an impact on this regional vision so that you can be sure your community is growing in the ways you want.


Want to add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta? Then we need you to show up and voice your support! Please attend a public meeting this summer. The City of Atlanta is proposing a $250 million infrastructure bond to address the backlog of city infrastructure repairs and improvements. We're asking that 15%, or $37.5 million, go to bike projects. We're also asking that any roadway and bridge projects become "Complete Streets" that serve the needs of people in all modes of transportation.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has committed to making Atlanta a top ten city for cycling by 2016. Here's our chance to build out a network of bikeways that will connect the city and create a brighter future. Please attend one of the meetings below. 

July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
July 16 from 6-8 pm: 1705 Commerce Drive Atlanta, GA 30314
Click "read more" for ideas on what $37.5 million could build for bikes! 


Tour the Transformation let riders explore the proposed Peachtree Road Complete Streets project. The Buckhead Community Improvement District hosted the ride, which according to one rider, Jeffery Kirsch, was a great way to learn about proposed projects. 

"Peachtree Road, our signature street in Atlanta, may soon have bike lanes from Lenox Mall to the Amtrak station. I never thought I would see this happen," commented Jeffrey.

You can read more of what Jeffery had to say about the ride and projects here and here, or click "read more" for a map of the phases. 

Call to action: please contact Atlanta City Council members Yolanda Adrean and Howard Shook to express your support for this project. It's not just about bikes - it's about making our signature street safe and accessible for everyone! 

Launching the ABC Collaborators Salon: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7pm - 8:30pm at BOHO4W Apartments

We’ve got BIG dreams for making Atlanta more bicycle-friendly. We’re launching a new Connecting the City campaign, ramping up Atlanta Streets Alive, and making a big ask of Atlanta for more bicycle infrastructure funding. It’s a lot. And we can’t do it all alone. What we need is a bigger team of passionate creatives that can help raise the visibility and voice of all cyclists in Atlanta. 
Lucky for us, there’s no lack of creative talent in Atlanta. That’s why starting the summer of 2014, we’re seeking talented, creative, brilliant people to join the ABC Collaborators’ Salon, a monthly meet-up for creatives who love to ride. We need your help to unleash the creativity within Atlanta to make it safer and more comfortable for everyone to ride.
Read more for details! 

Bike Walk Dunwoody's "You spoke for me" PSA Campaign

Blogger Pattie Baker and BikeWalk Dunwoody, inspired by the Drive with Care Campaign from Bike Pittsburgh, recently came out with a fantastic PSA campaign to thank Dunwoody's mayor and city council for helping to make the city safer for people on foot and bike. Find out more about "When you voted for bikes, you spoke for me" here - and please share! 

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