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DeKalb Avenue is riddled with potholes, has an outdated and dangerous reversible center lane (aka "suicide lane"), lacks bike lanes, and backs up at key intersections due to the lack of turn lanes.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

We're extending our membership drive, giving you more chances to win!

The weather is really getting nice in Atlanta. We're starting to see some new faces along our commuting routes. Bike shops are already humming with business, as people get excited to get out and enjoy the weather. 

That's why we are extending the duration of our Spring Membership Drive through April. This gives you a little more time to sign up new ABC members and be entered to win a bicycling adventure tour for two in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. This trip for two, generously donated by REI Adventures is valued at $5,800 and includes bicycles, lodging, meals, and support, with ride options for all activity levels!

Click the picture to read more and find out how we're making it even easier to win!

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

Eat at Doc Chey's & benefit ABC March 10-16th

Everyone eats. And the week of March 10th through 16th,  if you eat at Doc Chey's on Memorial Drive in Grant Park, 25% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition!

It's easy to participate, as all purchases made that week qualify. That means you can eat any time of day, dine-in or take-out during that week and still support ABC. Make a night of it with friends! This is a great way to support a local business as well as your favorite bicycle advocacy organziation. 

To qualify your purchase, please present this flyer when you order your food. You can print it out at home using the attached pdf, show this image off of the website on your phone, or stop by the office to pick up a paper copy during our office hours, from 10 am - 6 pm. 

Earn a Bike

Earn A Bike is a program of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition that gives youth who wouldn’t otherwise have access to bicycles the opportunity to earn a new bike by taking a class on basic bicycle handling and safety, and volunteering in their communities. The bicycles are provided by an anonymous donor. 

Earn A Bike is offered for 3rd-12th graders, and includes age appropriate teachings to ensure all kids can participate. 

To find out how to schedule a class for your school or group, contact Leslie

To become an Earn a Bike sponsor and connect kids with the opportunity that will last a lifetime, contact Rebecca or read more for levels.

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

Bicycle-Supportive Business

Are you a business owner or employee interested in becoming a certified Bicycle-Supportive Business? ABC offers a program to recognize, support, and foster companies that encourage biking among their customers, staff, and the community at large. 

Companies who achieve this certification are recognized on our website, in our newsletter, and on social media, mentioned in media inquiries on the topic, and will also receive a window decal advertising their status.

For more on the many benefits of bicycling for economic development and your business, here are some great resources: Measuring the Street - New Metrics for 21st Century Streets from the New York Department of Transportation, Bicycling Means Business and Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and PeopleForBikes, and Business Cycles - Catering to the Bicycling Market

The first step is completing this brief form to see if you may already qualify for recognition in the program. If you're not quite there yet, we can help! Read more for information on becoming more bicycle-friendly.

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.

Everyone's a winner, but here's who took home a Blinkie last night

 

What a night! Please read more for the list of nominees and who took home one of these beautiful hand-crafted Blinkie Awards. 

 

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