First West End Atlanta Streets Alive draws more than 16,000

Sunday was a good day! This first-time location for Atlanta Streets Alive in the Historic West End and Adair Park neighborhoods drew over 16,000 participants. Music in the Park led by Kebbi Williams was a big hit. The neighborhood gave open streets a warm welcome and the event created connections and opened minds to the possibilities of healthy, active transportation options. Help us continue to improve this initiative by taking a brief survey.

For great photos and comments, check out #atlstreetsalive on Facebook or Twitter, or one of these links: Atlanta Streets Alive pics, Rolling Out article and picsSaporta Report articleCameron Adams photos, or I am a Martan blog post

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.)

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of the simple freedom of riding a bike.

It’s the perfect time to join in, whether you’re just getting started, or have been biking for years and want to connect with others in bike communities around Atlanta. 

Read more for #BikeMonth events to connect and share the benefits with others. 

 

Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition team up for #BeltLineCharm campaign

Bring on the charm!  Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition volunteers are bringing an etiquette campaign out to the Eastside Trail on weekends in March and April to remind everyone how to keep the Atlanta BeltLine fun and enjoyable for all users. We call it #BeltLineCharm. You’ll see their friendly faces smiling over signs with simple reminders about courtesy on the trails. They’d love for you to come out and say hello!

The Atlanta BeltLine is no longer Atlanta’s best-kept secret. The success of the Eastside Trail alone has caused the project’s popularity to explode, with visitors numbering near 10,000 on peak days (you remember the Lantern Parade, right?). As new parts of the project are completed, more people will head to the Atlanta BeltLine to enjoy all it has to offer, and we want everyone to be neighborly.

Slow down, sugar! Read more for details or visit beltline.org.

 

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

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.

 

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