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!

My healthiest habit

The first time I rode my bike to work, I was terrified. Traffic was fast and frequent on Cascade Road and I hugged the curb as if my life depended on it, which I thought at the time it did. That was after a few weeks of biking to the MARTA station on the sidewalk, and being amazed at how slowly I had to travel. Switching to the street made my commute that much faster, and as I later learned, that much safer.

Sharing the Roadway: From Confrontation to Conversation

I recently became aware of a report released by the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury discussing the barriers that exist in regards to a peaceful co-existence between motorists and cyclists. Here's the complete document.

I believe that many of the recommendations in the report can be applied here in Atlanta as well. I hope ABC can find a way to get a copy to our local elected officials.

Here's a summary for you of the portions I think hold true in metro Atlanta:

Healthier Circulation: the Future of Getting Around

An evening with David Byrne, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Charles Brewer and Scotty Greene [produced by the Congress for New Urbanism]

Advocacy Team meeting tonight

Join the ABC Bike Advocacy Team to help ABC have greater influence at the neighborhood and city level in working for bike improvements. This is a working group that identifies and implements projects with a high potential for success and impact. We're meeting tonight at Engine 11, a bar/restaurant owned by some great ABC business supporters, next door to the North Avenue MARTA station. Agenda items for tonight include our neighborhood and business outreach plans, a Bike Summit, and developing a timeline for all three.

Bikeroots night: do your own thing (and tell us about it here)

We're declaring the Monday, May 17 of Bike to Work Week "Bikeroots Night" - do your own thing! We invite you to share any bike events or rides you're organizing - as long as you don't mind the rest of us showing up on bikes - here! Just add to the comment section.

Electric bikes and scooters: okay to ride in bike lane?

Bicycles are vehicles under Georgia law - that means that traffic laws apply to bike riders. For the most part, people know this, but there are a couple of questions that keep popping up.

With a little help from our friends, we have determined that electric assisted bicycles as defined in Georgia Code Section 40-1-1 and 40-6-294 may be operated on bicycle paths. However, most "bike paths" in Georgia are actually shared-use paths, which means walkers, joggers, strollers, rollerbladers, and even equestrians (see post) may be using the paths as well. The PATH Foundation strongly discourages people riding electric assisted bikes from using shared-use paths for that reason - the speeds achieved on e-bikes just aren't compatible with sharing a very limited space (usually 8-10 feet) with strollers and horses.

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