Google Announces Biking Directions

The announcement came during League of American Bicyclists' 2010 National Bike Summit, where Ali is attending excellent sessions about bike advocacy and preparing for the Georgia delegation's day on the Hill. Look for her report back next week. In the meantime, here's the press release about Google's "bike there" directions from the League!

Washington, D.C. - March 10, 2010 - The League of American Bicyclists is proud to be the forum for Google to announce what all bike riders have been waiting for - Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps. Google is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summit that they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps."This new tool will open people's eyes to the possibility and practicality of hopping on a bike and riding," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We know people want to ride more, and we know it's good for people and communities when they do ride more - this makes it possible. It is a game-changer, especially for those short trips that are the most polluting."

Atlanta Streets Alive

Imagine  a street full of people of all ages and backgrounds, walking, biking, creating and laughing, together. A street temporarily closed to cars, but open to people. Imagine residents safely enjoying their city, socializing with neighbors, and engaging in healthy activities. Imagine if all of this were free, with absolutely no barriers to participation. By the people, for the people. Sound good yet? Back in May 2010, we turned this vision into a reality by organizing the first-ever Atlanta Streets Alive.

Atlanta Streets Alive takes a valuable public space – our city’s streets – and opens them up for people to play, walk, bike, breathe, and make their own. Modeled on tremendously successful events from around the world, including Bogotá, Colombia’s Ciclovia; Paris, France’s Paris Plage; and San Francisco’s Sunday’s Streets, ASA is part bike tour, part block party, and a great time for getting active, supporting local businesses along the route, people watching, and enjoying our amazing city. 

2014 will feature four events

Visit AtlantaStreetsAlive.com to find out more! 

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Final chance to comment on N Druid Hills LCI (last meeting is now March 23)

North Druid Hills is nearing the end of its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study, and cyclists have participated throughout the process. It's an important corridor for biking in DeKalb County, or could be if it were made more accessible and bike-friendly. The latest project info and documents from the 2/25/10 meeting have been posted to the North Druid Hills LCI Study webpage: www.northdruidhillslci.com. Please visit the page, review the documents and use the Comment Form to submit your comments by March 4, 2010.

Bike Class Schedule

Everyone’s heard the saying, "It’s like riding a bike - you never forget how." The truth is that many of us learn how to physically ride a bike, but there's a lot more to bicycle safely that we never learn, and things that without practice we would forget (like the emergency quick turn - a vital crash avoidance technique).

These compact yet comprehensive classes cover everything you need to know to learn to bike safely and confidently around metro Atlanta - from bike handling skill drills to an instructor-led ride with feedback to reinforce what you learn in class.

For those learning to ride for the first time - you're not alone! Check out our True Beginners class to get rolling on two wheels.

Join us for safer, more confident cycling! 

Confident City Cycling: Sat Mar 20

Want to ride more confidently, safely, and knowledgeably? Join ABC for this comprehensive class covering all you need to know to bike in and around Atlanta for fun, fitness and mobility!

Location & Date/Time
Emory University
1599 Clifton Road
Room 5c (bikes may be brought inside the building with you)
10 am - 3 pm
Saturday, March 20th
With instructor Scott Schuessler

Content

$20.00

Please note - to join today, click the "Join ABC" tab at the top right of website to pay for your membership

Transit Day at the Capitol


This Thursday, February 18th, is Transit Day at the Georgia State Capitol! Join transit agencies from all over the state in a show of support for public transportation. This is an important and timely day given the massive cuts facing MARTA and the demise of Clayton County Transit. During a period which saw more people turning to transit and other alternatives to driving alone, most of our transit agencies experienced rapidly declining revenues and were unable to keep up with the demand, much less expand service as needed.

“Nobody in Sandy Springs Rides Bikes"

The City of Roswell has received a $3 Million Federal grant to build a Bike/Ped Multi-Use Bridge over the Chattahoochee River at Roswell Road. The Multi-Use Bridge would stand alone, running along the west side of the existing Roswell road bridge. Connecting on the south side, the Multi-Use Bridge would loop underneath the existing Roswell Road bridge and open out to Roberts Drive on the east, avoiding the crossing of traffic Roswell Road. On the north side, it would merge with the existing Roswell River trail.

This bridge is on the city limits between Roswell and Sandy Springs and the grant requires a local match -- about $350k from each city. Roswell is willing to come up with their portion of the match, now we need to convince Sandy Springs at their city council meeting on Tuesday, February 16th to do the same.

Eva Galambos, the Sandy Springs Mayor is on the fence with this one and has reportedly stated, “Nobody in Sandy Springs rides bikes”. Why does she think that? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because the organized rides start early in the morning? Maybe it’s because there is no dedicated advocacy group of Sandy Springs citizens that regularly meets with the city and pushes for bicycle accommodations? Maybe it’s because there’s a limited number of locally-owned bike shops in Sandy Springs? Whatever the reason, could we all make the decision today to step forward and offer a bit of support before Tuesday, February 16th?
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Georgia Rides to the Capitol registration now open!

Let's make 2010 the best year yet for this important ride, since we have a 3 Feet Safe Passing bill (read more) to support, and hopefully to celebrate! This event usually attracts 500-1500 people on bikes of all shapes and stripes. Anyone who believes bicycles have a role to play in our state's future should plan to attend. Riders will leave from Roswell, Conyers, Decatur, and other locations across the state, converging on the Capitol in a massive gathering of cyclists. Mayors and other elected officials are featured prominently at the front of the various groups to demonstrate their support for better biking in Georgia. The Decatur route in particular is great for beginners, families, and occasional bike users. Please visit GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org to register today!
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Amir Farokhi

Amir is an attorney, practicing until recently at a large Atlanta law firm. A native to Atlanta, Amir earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University.

Amir is active in the Atlanta community, running for Atlanta City Council in 2009 and serving on the boards of The Galloway School, the Charles R. Drew Charter School, Citizens for Progressive Transit and the Atlanta Fire Foundation, among others. He has lived and traveled extensively abroad and hopes to bring those experiences to making Atlanta more bikeable.

We'd like three feet, please. Enshrined in law.

Georgia's cyclists may soon feel more wind at their backs as drivers give a safer passing distance. This week a bill was introduced in the House that would define the minimum safe passing distance as three feet. We don't expect this bill, if/when it passes, to be a panacea, but we do think it will facilitate enforcement by making the law less subjective ("safe" means different things to different people) and help drivers better understand how to interact with cyclists they pass on the street. Georgia would join 16 other US states that have already defined safe passing minimums of three feet or greater (laws are under consideration in seven additional states).

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