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DeKalb Avenue is riddled with potholes, has an outdated and dangerous reversible center lane (aka "suicide lane"), lacks bike lanes, and backs up at key intersections due to the lack of turn lanes.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

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

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.

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 to become a business member of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Then complete 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.

Blinkie Awards: 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. 

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


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. 


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.

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