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.

Special Events

ABC promotes bicycling throughout Atlanta by hosting fun, safe, and accessible events and by partnering with other area groups who do the same. These events grow bicycling throughout our region, and the proceeds go to support our mission! 

Please read more for our 2014 calendar of special events. This list is updated throughout the year. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

To find out more about listing events, visit our ride posting policy.

Notice: Peachtree Road improvements open house

From the Buckhead CID: "The Peachtree Transformation is taking a pedestrian-unfriendly suburban arterial and creating a sophisticated, attractive complete street by adding granite curbing and medians, hardwood trees, seasonal color landscaping, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, modern lighting, buried utility lines, street furniture, and dedicated left turn lanes at signaled intersections. The primary goal of the project is to reduce crashes by modifying the existing roadway cross-section to include designated left-turn lanes. The project will also serve as a primary bike route connecting Midtown to Buckhead. Click here to view the location of the Buckhead CID’s Phases three and four, as well as the phases led by GDOT."

How to Get Involved: Attend the Buckhead CID's open house on Thursday, January 30th! Stop in any time between 10am-6pm at the Buckhead Theatre to view concept drawings, discuss the project and get your questions answered.

TIME & LOCATION Thursday - January 30, 2014  ANYTIME between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
The Buckhead Theatre 3110 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305 (accessible via MARTA bus route 110 Peachtree) www.thebuckheadtheatre.com

Your contribution will keep our 2013 successes rolling into the new year and help create a Chief Bicycle Officer position

Let's take a moment to look back at 11 key accomplishments of 2013, while eagerly anticipating an even bigger 2014. Thank you for your role in making all this happen! 

As you look forward to the new year, now is the time to make a donation to your Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Read more to find out why.

High priority bike projects proposed for Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, and Castleberry Hill - updates

Thank you to everyone who attended a neighborhood meeting over the past two months! High priority bike projects have been approved for Charles Allen / Parkway and for Mangum / Walker St in Castleberry Hill. These projects were presented at neighborhood meetings in Midtown, Fourth Ward West, and Castleberry Hill. The outcomes are below and will be updated as things progress!

  • Fourth Ward West (www.facebook.com/FourthWardWest): approved a cycletrack for Parkway, contingent upon keeping on-street parking on both sides for the block between Ponce and North. The city is studying whether this could be accomplished by creating a "yield street" on which travel lanes are too narrow to share and cars have to yield to oncoming traffic. This would reduce speeding, an added benefit.
  • Midtown Neighbors (www.midtownatlanta.orgapproved a cycletrack for Charles Allen (up to 4th Street, where median prevents).
  • Castleberry Hill (www.castleberryhill.org/associationis considering a cycletrack for Mangum / Walker St. 

Next Steps: Charles Allen / Parkway is scheduled for construction.

Read more for details on each project.

Could Peachtree Road in Brookwood get bike lanes? Find out all about it Dec.10th!

You're invited to a Public Information Open House to learn more about proposed changes to Peachtree Rd aimed at improving safety and traffic flow and offer us your guidance and opinions on what makes the most sense for your neighborhood.  Representatives of the Peachtree Road Task Force from the Buckhead CID, City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Transportation and Midtown Alliance invite you to help us make Peachtree Road safer for everyone.

Where: Shepherd Center, Woodruff Plaza, 2020 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, GA 30309-1465
**General public & neighbors drop in 6:00-8:00PM** (Business owners & operators drop in 7:00-9:00AM)

The Unlikely Relationship Between Bicycles and Real Estate in Atlanta

Local real estate agent with Redfin says the cultural shift driving the movement to create a walkable, bikeable urban environment in Atlanta is the same one that’s behind the wheel of the rebounding housing market in Intown Atlanta.

Cycle Atlanta: Phase 1.0 study

We're very excited to share the Cycle Atlanta: Phase 1.0 study with you. Building on the city's 2008 comprehensive transportation plan (Connect Atlanta), the study's goal is to build a network of connected, high-quality bikeway in the core of the city. The focus is on five corridors that extend from the Atlanta BeltLine into the center of the city. Our top priority is getting bike lanes on Peachtree Street in Midtown. 

Check out the details:

Introduction: An overview of findings and recommendations  

Corridor A. Brookwood - Midtown - Downtown - West End: Peachtree Rd. – W Peachtree St. (US 19/SR 9) – Peachtree St. – Whitehall St. – Murphy Ave.

Corridor B. Knight Park – Midtown – Virginia-Highland: W Marietta St. – 10th St.  

Corridor C. Grove Park – Downtown – Poncey-Highland: JE Boone Blvd. – I Allen Jr. Blvd. – R McGill Blvd.  

Corridor D. Mozley Park – Downtown – Grant Park: ML King Jr. Dr. – Woodward Ave.  

Corridor E. Underwood Hills – Downtown – Candler Park: Howell Mill Rd – Marietta St – Edgewood Ave – Euclid Ave  

Please review the plan or our summary (coming soon) and share your comments with city planners as soon as possible: e-mail cycleatlanta@atlantaga.gov or call 404-330-6145. The public comment period ends Tuesday, Dec 10th at 5 pm.

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