Six City of Atlanta candidates respond to "Biking in the City" questionnaire

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and as such, cannot endorse candidates. We do, however, encourage our members and supporters to vote, and to carefully consider all candidates' positions on a wide range of issues.

As a bicycle advocacy organization, we are especially interested in how candidates propose to make progress towards our goal of becoming bike-friendly city in which bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation is safe and respected.

Candidates, please submit responses to the ten questions in this form in order to help our members make an informed decision. If you have any questions, please contact us at (404) 881-1112 or info@atlantabike.org.

The questionnaire is below, and responses receieved to date are in the attached document, or online. If the candidates you are interested in have not yet responded, please share the questionnaire and encourage them to do so.

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82,300 Atlantans take part in Atlanta Streets Alive October 6

Incredible. 82,300 Atlantans took part in our Atlanta Streets Alive event Sunday! This kind of turnout shows widespread support for the city's goal of becoming a top ten U.S. city for cycling, not to mention a walkable, vibrant urban environment. Check out photos on Facebook and what Maria of the Saporta Report had to say about Atlanta's shift towards a more livable, active city. The official count of 82, 305 total participants during the four hour event is based on the participant count method outlined in pages 95-98 of this international ciclovia guide

 

Ask DeKalb Commissioners to vote yes! on bike bridge over 285

On Tuesday October 8th at 10AM the DeKalb County Commission will consider a proposal to condemn land along the railroad for a trail bridge over I-285. This would help create a continuous multi-use trail to Stone Mountain.
 
 
 
If you've ever ridden the trail, you know this is the worst & most dangerous section between Decatur and Stone Mountain. The PATH Foundation and DeKalb County have the funds, GDOT has approved the bridge, the permit is in place, the Clarkston City Council is in support -- all the stars have aligned
 
Call to action: the DeKalb Commission has postponed this vote once before because the Commissioner for the district, Sharon Barnes-Sutton, has expressed some doubt about the need for a bridge. If you live in DeKalb and want a safe way to ride or walk this trail, then now is the time to contact her & the other Commissioners: Jeff RaderLarry JohnsonElaine BoyerStan Watson & Kathy Gannon. Or email all at once.
 
Act now -- the vote is only a few days away!
 

 

HB 689 - restricting biking

HB 689, a bill that would severly restrict biking in Georgia if passed, was introduced back in January, in the first year of a two-year session (this means the bill is still "live" in 2014). This bill would 1) require all bicycles to have tags and registration 2) prohibit you from riding side-by-side aka two abreast 3) let local and state government prohibit you from riding on certain roads and 4) basically outlaw group rides through spacing requirements. 

Luckily, Georgia Bikes was on top of it! Check out their blog post on the topic. This is why the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a member of Georgia Bikes, and why you should join too

Join ABC while you're at it - as the bike advocacy organization located in our state's capital, we end up down at the Capitol a fair bit, doing our best to educate legislators on the impact of bills like this one. 

Back in January we learned the bill was unlikely to go anywhere, and was introduced to address a specific concern about a group ride on a road in Gainesville. Georgia Bikes and ABC are opposed to the bill.

At this time there is no call to action, but Georgia Bikes is monitoring the situation and will alert us if the situation changes. If you'd like to attend a community meeting on the bill, here's the info:

Hall County Commission meeting room, County Government Building, 2875 Browns Bridge Rd. Gainesville,GA 30504 Monday, October 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

ABC awarded grant for Connecting the City

PeopleforBikes has awarded ABC a community partnership grant to support Connecting the City, our advocacy project to transform three key corridors by adding conventional and protected bike lanes. 

The PeopleForBikes grant of $10,000 will join support from Ponce Street Market, MailChimp, and the City to build community, business, and leadership support, examine the multiple effects of these changes, and work to secure infrastructure funding. 

We'll use the funds to conduct an assessment of bike lanes on Peachtree Street and to create a video supporters can share to help spread awareness of the campaign. 

Commuter Breakfast

Bicycle Breakfast

Come out September 4th for the monthly commuter breakfast! 

In September we are hitting up one of West End's best! Q-Time Restaurant! Pancakes, Salmon Patties, GRITS!, Butter Biscuits that make you not want to miss this! 

Join Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Bike Commuters of Atlanta, and WeCycle Atlanta as we #DoTheBikeThing to Q-time and support local businesses!

Thursday September 4

7-9am

Q-Time Restaurant (1120 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310)

 

The venue changes month to month to allow people with various commute routes to join in the fun, so please join the Bike Commuters of Atlanta Facebook group to stay in the know (and if you're not on Facebook, just email leslie@atlantabike.org for updates).

Registration open for 2nd annual Bike to Work Challenge

Did you know over than 20,000 commute trips each week around the Atlanta region happen on a bicycle?

Whether you're already a seasoned bike commuter or you're interested in giving it a try, this October is the perfect time to bike to work. Register for the 2nd annual Bike to Work Challenge to earn points on your way to the office!

You can keep track of how many miles you've ridden and compete for cool prizes like Patagonia rain jackets and dry-fit jerseys, not to mention bragging rights on the leader board.

Read more for details or visit www.ATLBikeToWork.org.

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

Save the date

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!
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