Why Peachtree?

ABC's Connecting the City campaign focuses on bikeways for three important cross-town corridors: Peachtree Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Lee Street. Most people would agree that Atlanta needs safe, convenient, and continuous bikeways to make getting across town by bike possible for more people. But some are asking - why Peachtree Street? Aren't there bike facilitiies in place or planned for parallel one-way streets? Good question. Here's our thinking... [or visit Change.org to skip all that and sign the petition!] 

Family Bike Show & Tell

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Get together with other families to find out how others are meeting the challenge of biking with kids around Atlanta! Bring your biking with kids equipment - whether it's a bike seat, trailer, tandem, xtracycle, balance bike, trail-a-bike, or bakfiets, so that others can experience the awesomeness! You can even bring bike gear you'd like to swap or sell if you have extras. Come prepared to answer questions and maybe even let a new friend give your rig a try. 

When: Saturday, September 28 from 3-5 pm

Where: Grassy round with circular path by the splash pad. 

What: show, tell, share! Concession stand and King of Pops available in the park. 

Shop 'n' Dine Peachtree by bike to help Connect the City

Connecting the City campaign updates

Thanks to your support, the campaign is on! We've commissioned an economic impact and parking assessment for Peachtree Street, and tomorrow's Bike Commuter Breakfast launches the fall "Shop 'n' Dine" initiative. The goal is to demonstrate the positive economic impact bike lanes will have on Atlanta's businesses. 

What can you do to help? The best way to garner support for bike lanes on Peachtree is for YOU to show business owners that people ride bikes to their shops/restaurants.

So the next time you bike to Peachtree to eat at The Nook or buy a rug at CB2, make your presence known! Using the hashtag #bikepeachtree, Instagram yourself, tweet directly at the business, or post a picture of yourself on their Facebook page. Here's a partial list of Peachtree business handles to get you started. 
 
If you really want to help us put a friendly face on Atlanta cyclists, print these cards and hand one to the store's owner, letting him or her know how much Peachtree bike lanes would mean to you. THANK YOU for supporting the Connecting the City campaign!

Gwinnett: opportunity to get involved for better biking

Gwinnett County is getting ready to select projects for a Special Option Local Sales Tax, or SPLOST -- funds can be spent on bike projects. On Monday, August 26 at at 6:30 pm, the Citizen's Project Selection Committee will be selected at the Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville

This group prioritizes how the money will be spent for the next two decades. Many of the bike facilities being built in Gwinnett County were funded by SPLOST collections in the '90s. Without our input, tax dollars from this year's SPLOST will be channeled away from bikeways, and projects like the West Gwinnett Bikeway, bikelanes on our highways, and multiuse paths throughout the county will never develop. 

We need supporters to attend Monday's meeting and one person willing to serve on the Committee. 

Please contact Jim Sandlin c) 770-364-9966 for more information.

Atlanta Bikeways: what's done and what's coming up?

So much is happening with Atlanta bike infrastructure right now, it's hard to keep up! Read more for a list of bike projects recently completed, coming soon, or likely to happen. To help make sure all these projects are the best they can be, please sign up to be a neighborhood bike liaison. Learn more at atlantabike.org/neighborhoods

Southwest Connector Trail dedication August 10 at 10AM

 

The Atlanta BeltLine's Southwest Connector Trail is a PATH Foundation-led project that will ultimately connect to the Atlanta BeltLine through the Westview neighborhood in southwest Atlanta as part of the 33-mile network of paved trails.

The trail dedication is coming up: Aug 10 at 10AM.

Learn more at beltline.org/trails/southwest-connector-trail.

Attendance estimate revised - over 61,000 attend Atlanta Streets Alive on Peachtree Street!

A record-breaking 51,000 61,000+ Atlantans showed up to bike, walk, and play on Peachtree Street on Sunday September 8th, in the second of three Atlanta Streets Alive events in 2013. 

Donation to ABC will put next generation on bikes

Yesterday we received a donation of 60 bikes from an anonymous corporate donor, bringing our total for this year to 120 bikes! These bicycles will go to kids who participate in our Earn a Bike program, which provides bike safety training and the chance to earn a brand new bike and helmet!

A big thank you goes out to Custom Assembly & Installations for helping transport bikes for this program and for all you do for ABC and Atlanta Streets Alive. Thank you as well to Jamestown for providing donated storage space for all those bikes, and to the BRAG Dream Team

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North Decatur - time for a change?

Following the tragic death of a man attempting to cross North Decatur Road, residents are calling for changes. Many want to be able to walk or bike safely around the Medlock / Emory area, but are surrounded by high volume, high speed roads on every side. Of these, North Decatur has the greatest potential to become the livable neighborhood street that would enhance the safety and vitality of these communities. 

N. Decatur has already been improved at Emory University - it makes sense to extend those improvements to connect with neighborhoods. In the biking community, Paul Taylor's death last year on North Decatur spurred intense interest in seeing this road made safer. Neighborhood support and the high demand for biking and walking infrastructure (see success of the nearby PATH) indicates this may be an idea whose time has come. 
 
ABC and Bike Emory are hosting a Roadway Safety Audit workshop at the Rollins School of Health on Monday, July 29. Led by an FHWA trainer, the workshop is free to attend and open to the public. Details here.

Atlanta's first two-way cycletrack!

Atlanta’s first two-way cycletrack is under construction on 10th Street in Midtown. This cycletrack is only phase one – connecting the BeltLine Eastside Trail to the bike route on Charles Allen – with future phases extending to Piedmont and Charles Allen (itself slated for a cycletrack later this year following public involvement). We applaud Midtown Alliance, the PATH Foundation, and the the City of Atlanta for taking this important step. Read more for details. 

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