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

Safety Poster Competition

Our Bicycle Safety Poster Competition is live!

Deadline: March 1st, 2014.

The goal of the competition is to solicit a fresh take on safety messages. By crowd sourcing creativity we hope to print and share posters that really speak Atlanta's cyclists - a.k.a your friends. 

In addition to the warm glow of making us all safer, check out these prizes!

  1. First place: Tigr  or Blaze
  2. Second: monkey lights
  3. Runner up: Novara shirt (glows in the dark), also available in women's

To enter, review the presentation below. It includes resources with language and direction, comparable posters from around the world, and how to submit your entry. Logos are attached below. Dimensions should be no smaller than 36x24 inches. 

 

Win an REI Bicycle Adventure Tour for two, just by asking your friends to join ABC!

Spring Membership Drive 2014

You all have friends and neighbors who love biking, but who aren't members of ABC. Or maybe you have friends who just started riding, and have never heard of ABC. This spring, we're asking you, our dedicated members to help us build support for bicycling in Atlanta. 

Tell everyone how much you love ABC, and in return for getting the word out about ABC membership, we will give you a chance to win a bicycle adventure tour for two to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, courtesy of REI Adventures.

Read more for details on how to enter.

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].

Atlanta bike share: one step closer

phoenix bike share rendering

Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall (District 2) introducted a resolution authorizing Mayor Reed and the city to contract with a bike share company on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

The legislation will go to the CDHR (Community Development & Human Resources) committee for consideration. Is your council member on the committee? Take action! A quick email asking them to support the legislation would help show community support for this exciting initiative. Contact info: Andre Dickens - Chair; Michael Julian BondKeisha BottomsKwanza HallJoyce SheperdCleta WinslowIvory Lee Young. If you're not sure who represents you, find out here

[Update: council approved the resolution]

According to their website, 

CycleHop is an independent operator and product distributor. We source the best available products to meet our clients’ needs. We also integrate and develop new technologies for the bike share industry. Our team members have worked with leading bike share companies in developing and testing any types of bike share equipment, software, and support products. 

CycleHop is also setting up systems in Phoenix (see AZ Central video) and Tampa (see Tampa Bay Times and Creative Loafing Tampa).

As Creative Loafing put it, "Your dreams of checking out a bike near your Midtown office and pedaling to Broad Street for lunch are quickly becoming a reality." Read the article and post your comments on the Creative Loafing article here.

Special Events

ABC promotes bicycling throughout Atlanta by hosting fun, safe, and accessible events and by partnering with other area groups who do the same. These events grow bicycling throughout our region, and the proceeds go to support our mission! 

Please read more for our 2014 calendar of special events. This list is updated throughout the year. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

To find out more about listing events, visit our ride posting policy.

Notice: Peachtree Road improvements open house

From the Buckhead CID: "The Peachtree Transformation is taking a pedestrian-unfriendly suburban arterial and creating a sophisticated, attractive complete street by adding granite curbing and medians, hardwood trees, seasonal color landscaping, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, modern lighting, buried utility lines, street furniture, and dedicated left turn lanes at signaled intersections. The primary goal of the project is to reduce crashes by modifying the existing roadway cross-section to include designated left-turn lanes. The project will also serve as a primary bike route connecting Midtown to Buckhead. Click here to view the location of the Buckhead CID’s Phases three and four, as well as the phases led by GDOT."

How to Get Involved: Attend the Buckhead CID's open house on Thursday, January 30th! Stop in any time between 10am-6pm at the Buckhead Theatre to view concept drawings, discuss the project and get your questions answered.

TIME & LOCATION Thursday - January 30, 2014  ANYTIME between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
The Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305 (accessible via MARTA bus route 110 Peachtree) www.thebuckheadtheatre.com

Your contribution will keep our 2013 successes rolling into the new year and help create a Chief Bicycle Officer position

Let's take a moment to look back at 11 key accomplishments of 2013, while eagerly anticipating an even bigger 2014. Thank you for your role in making all this happen! 

As you look forward to the new year, now is the time to make a donation to your Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Read more to find out why.

High priority bike projects proposed for Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, and Castleberry Hill - updates

Thank you to everyone who attended a neighborhood meeting over the past two months! High priority bike projects have been approved for Charles Allen / Parkway and for Mangum / Walker St in Castleberry Hill. These projects were presented at neighborhood meetings in Midtown, Fourth Ward West, and Castleberry Hill. The outcomes are below and will be updated as things progress!

  • Fourth Ward West (www.facebook.com/FourthWardWest): approved a cycletrack for Parkway, contingent upon keeping on-street parking on both sides for the block between Ponce and North. The city is studying whether this could be accomplished by creating a "yield street" on which travel lanes are too narrow to share and cars have to yield to oncoming traffic. This would reduce speeding, an added benefit.
  • Midtown Neighbors (www.midtownatlanta.orgapproved a cycletrack for Charles Allen (up to 4th Street, where median prevents).
  • Castleberry Hill (www.castleberryhill.org/associationis considering a cycletrack for Mangum / Walker St. 

Next Steps: Charles Allen / Parkway is scheduled for construction.

Read more for details on each project.

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