City of Atlanta installs sharrows on Charles Allen Drive

The City of Atlanta's Public Works Department Quality of Life program is installing sharrows (shared lane markings - in the street pavement markings as opposed to signs) on Charles Allen Drive near Piedmont Park. Check them out and let us know what you think!

Sometimes I race the bus; sometimes I win

My bus trundles up Freedom Parkway to Highland, where I am sometimes waiting at the light, both bound north. Occasionally it will be a block ahead and I will catch it, deciding to cruise the remaining four miles home.

Other times, I watch it move, see it shudder, readying to race. It breathes its hollow howl, I adjust my shoe on the pedal, and we wait for the light to snap from red to green, a deaf starter pistol.

And then we race.

"Where's your bike?": on two-wheeled identities

If I board the bus or walk into my office building sans velo, I am inevitably asked, "Where's your bike?"

My response, a white lie, usually is, "In the shop." I've learned this stems follow-up questions. Drivers understand having a car in the shop; they can identify with that, and usually just nod and go, "Mmmm." If I say, "At home," or, "Felt like resting today," or, "I'm running home," it just draws more questions. (Number two response to "In the shop," after the nod/hum: "Flat tire?")

Voices

BikeFest, now in its third year, was again a great way to connect and reconnect with Atlanta bike riders. Hosted by the Downtown TMA in partnership with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, BikeFest is a lunchtime celebration of all things bike. This year we had a bike co-op, bike shops, free tuneups, giveaways and prizes (always when the DTMA is involved!), great information from the City of Atlanta and GDOT, and much more. It was a community day and we thought it would be a great opportunity to let some Atlantans share their thoughts and impressions of riding a bike in our fair town.

Atlanta streets come to life

“A city should be so constructed so that it is safely navigable by any seven-year-old on a bicycle” –ENRIQUE PEÑALOSA

Sunday, May 23 marked Atlanta’s first ciclovia, Atlanta Streets Alive. Six months in the making, I was floored by what I saw Sunday at 1 pm. People spilling out into the streets to explore the city unimpeded or distracted by car traffic, children riding bikes without fear, grownups dancing like kids in the streets. It was magical.

Kyle's photos from Atlanta Streets Alive

Bike to Work Week

251 Atlanta-area cyclists signed up for Bike to Work Week - thanks to everyone who participated! Together we biked a total of 14,144 miles over the course of the week. As the Clean Air Campaign notes, "every mile we drive creates a pound of pollution," so you prevented more than 7 tons of pollution in just one week! Read more for drawing winners.

U.S. Antitrust Division to offer bicycle commuter tax benefit

The U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (my former employer - consistently highly ranked among federal agencies for workplace culture and benefits) closed out Bike Month on a high note. After soliciting feedback from employees for several months, the division announced it would provide the Bicycle Commuter Benefit. Let's hope they set a trend! Read more for the announcement and details.

Mayor Wood bikes to work

Roswell mayor Jere Wood on Bike to Work Day, 2010. We don't all have to be all-weather riders, but it's so impressive when you have a mayor who is! He'll be speaking at the Open House for Elected Officials in July - stay tuned for more details about that event.

Country Mouse/City Mouse Commuter

A car hit me on my second day commuting by bike. This was six blocks shy of my office and three weeks shy of my first wedding.

Bike to Work Week - share your commute story!

During this Bike to Work Week, we want to hear the story of how you came to enjoy your commute. Every bike commuter has one, and sharing stories of our growth into this healthy mode can help others get started! Even in a region like Atlanta that has so much sprawl and congestion to contend with, getting started bike commuting is only the second hardest part. We've found that once you get going, it's much harder to stop. I got us going with the post below - now please share your own!

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