Connecting the City

Biking is on the rise in Atlanta, but city streets are still catching up to the public's demand for bikeways that are safe, welcoming, and accessible to connect our city. This campaign builds on our successful advocacy for city commitments to better biking, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council committing $2.5 million for bikeways in the next year.

This fall, we're showcasing the positive economic impacts Peachtree Street bike lanes will have on Atlanta's businesses. Current initiatives include an impact assessment of bike lanes on Peachtree and a "shop 'n' dine" campaign to support Peachtree businesses by bike. 

What can you do to help? 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. 

 

Onesies

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Onesies

Every baby has to represent for their family! 

Now your baby can tell the real and social media world that they support biking in Atlanta with a sweet (and soft) onesie.

$20.00

(call or email us to arrange if picking up)

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

ABC to host Cycling Instructor seminar in July; some scholarships available

Becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certified to teach smart cycling is a great way to help cyclists in your community. Certified instructors can teach classes to children as well as adults. Help bring the joy of safe cycling to others. If you are an experienced cyclist and would like to teach others please consider taking the next step towards certification. Becoming a League member and taking Traffic Skills 101(which ABC divides into two parts: 1. Confident City Cycling or Free Neighborhood Bike Class and 2. Advanced City Cycling) are prerequisites for a certification seminar.

ABC is hosting a certification seminar this summer, July 26-28. We are offering a limited number of scholarships to become certified. Please click here to apply. Applicants must commit to teaching 4 times / year for ABC for 2 years. 

To register, visit the League of American Bicyclists' Instructor Seminar Schedule page, or download our course registration form. You must be a League member to register for a course and to maintain the LCI certification. Frequently Asked Questions regarding LCI certification

Lanier Parking installs first BikeSpot installed in Georgia Pacific building downtown

The first BikeSpot (TM) was dedicated last week at the Georgia-Pacific Center in downtown Atlanta. BikeSpot includes six bike racks, bike lockers, and a self-serve fix it station. Read more for details! 

Atlanta Streets Alive celebrates human powered movement Sunday, May 19

Our open streets project, Atlanta Streets Alive, survived a little weather to transform Peachtree Street for the afternoon. Did you attend? Have input to share? Let us know your thoughts. 

With the City's support, we're planning to grow to three events this year. 

Tentative fall dates: Sunday, September 8 (Peachtree plus!) and Sunday, October 6 (return to Highland!) 

Check out images from May 19, and please donate or join ABC to support this culture-changing project! 

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat Raised More Than $15,400 for Local Bicycling Nonprofits

World-Class Entertainment and Fantastic Weather Brought out Thousands of People; Event Grew by 150% Since Last Year 

Ft. Collins, CO, May 17, 2013 – Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement, raised more than $15,400 for Atlanta bicycling nonprofits last Saturday, May 11. About 2,500 bicycle and beer enthusiasts came to Candler Park for the event and 300 people participated in the bike parade.
 
Although it is free to attend Tour de Fat, proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from bike parade participants went to local nonprofits. The beneficiaries this year, which are all focused on making Atlanta a better place to ride, are Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Sopo Bicycle Cooperative and The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA).
 
“Some people put the fun in fundraising. New Belgium and Tour de Fat make it funtasticalraising!” said Matt Garbett from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “Thanks to New Belgium, the volunteers, bike enthusiasts and Atlanta, we raised money for better biking in Atlanta and we'll see you again next year!”
 
A highlight of every Tour de Fat stop is the car-for-bike swap where one person commits to commute by bike for the next year. Aubrey Inman is this year’s swapper from Atlanta. 

“I am simply tired of driving my car and have wished to go car free for many years. I realize Atlanta is not the most bike-friendly city, but I like a challenge and think it is do-able,” Aubrey shared. “I want to be a part of the change from a world where we drive cars unnecessarily to a world where we bike in costumes regularly. I love what New Belgium is doing and am so glad to have the opportunity to do something so outrageous for a good cause!”

How to cross streetcar tracks safely by bike

As the exciting Atlanta Streetcar project takes shape, ABC cautions bike riders to be extra careful around the tracks. Because the track groove is just slightly wider than the typical bike tire, your wheel can easily get stuck in the track groove, tossing you over the handlebars. The key to staying safe is to always cross at a 90 degree angle. And please, never ride between the rails. That's a receipe for a bike crash. 

The hazardous gap between the tracks and pavement comes into play if you need to cross the tracks to make a turn, or where the tracks curve to create the looped route. Bike boxes and other safety designs will help reduce the risk to cyclists on Edgewood and Auburn. Always cross tracks with your wheel perpendicular to the rails. And when it's wet out, better to hop off your bike and walk it across. Even the most experienced cyclist can go down on the tracks when they are slick. 

What will the Atlanta Streetcar project do for bikes? 

  • A westbound bike lane on Edgewood Avenue from Boulevard to Park Place (one block south of Peachtree)
  • An eastbound bikeway mixing bike lane and sharrows on Auburn Avenue from Park Place to Jackson, where cyclists can turn back onto Edgewood to continue east. 
  • The two streets will function as a two-way bike route. You'll ride on the opposite side of the street from the streetcar tracks at all times. Heading west towards Downtown from the east side you'll bike on Edgewood, and returning east from Downtown you'll ride Auburn. 

Check out this safety video with a demonstration of how to cross safely, or read more for pictures of the streetcar tracks.

Photos from the 1st Annual Great Atlanta Bicycle Expedition

Check out ride photos by Vivian (http://bit.ly/viviangabepics) and make sure to check out this blog post by rider Chandra too (http://bit.ly/chandraongabe2013). A big thank you to the sponsors (especially Aaron Watson's Live Smarter initiative and KenBikeLaw.com), volunteers, and riders who made Saturday so much fun. Can't wait to do it again next year! 

We have some leftover cue sheets and maps printed in full color - just attach to your handlebars and go - if you missed the ride. Just drop by and pick one up. While you're at it, we also have beautiful ride t-shirts, designed by local artist Chantelle Rytter, for sale as well. 



 

 

Cycling in Atlanta: Gaining Momentum

"...last year, Bicycling Magazine rated Minneapolis the number one city in America for bike-friendliness. Atlanta did not enter the top ten, nor has it ever. What’s changed is that now, it wants to. Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has announced this year a goal of being a top-ten cycling city by 2016. WABE’s Kate Sweeney looked into just what that means."

Did you know ridership in the city of Atlanta increased almost 400% from 2000-2009? The highest growth in the country? And that's despite the lack of a network of bike infrastructure. Imagine what will happen now that Mayor Reed and the city are committed to doubling mileage of bike lanes and trails by 2016. 

WABE's Kate Sweeney talked to the Georgia Tech creators of the Cycle Atlanta app (an innovative approach to crowd-sourced bike planning), City of Atlanta transportation planner Joshuah Mello, and ABC's Rebecca Serna. 

Photo credit Kate Sweeney / WABE View of North Avenue by bicycle from the Beltline    

 

Rise Up & Bike to Work

Around the country, communities celebrate bike commuters with National Bike to Work Day Friday, May 17th. For many of you, that's every day! Why not invite a co-worker to ride in with you, or just go for a lunchtime ride?

While you're at it, stop by an Energizer Station in downtown Decatur or Atlanta for snacks and good company. Next Friday, May 17th, the City of Decatur will be outside the Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street) from 7-10 am with coffee, pastries, and snack bars. Central Atlanta Progress will set up at Woodruff Park from 7:30-9 am with snacks. If you work at or near the CDC or Emory, check out the attached doc for a list of bike trains (rides with friends make for fun commutes!)

It turns out some prominent Atlantans love to bike commute when they get a chance too! You're invited to join Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on his commute from Buckhead to the Georgia Dome this Bike to Work Day. Let's Rise up & Bike to Work with Thomas May 17! There may even be a few of these fabulous retro jerseys for sale. 

Eventbrite - Rise Up & Bike to Work with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff

The suggested donation of  $30 gets you a one-year membership with your Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and supports bike advocacy, education, safety, and community-building events like Atlanta Streets Alive! Riders will meet at 7 AM at the Publix shopping center (2365 Peachtree Rd NE) and roll out of the shop at 7:30 AM, arriving at the Dome around 8:30 AM. The Atlanta Falcons will provide SAG (Support And Gear), drinks, and snacks for riders. Local bike shops will be on hand for last minute adjustments. 

[There's been a mix-up on the start location due to there being 2 Publix on Peachtree St in Buckhead. The larger group is at the "peach" (same start as last year) - 2900 Peachtree St NW. That group will stop by the other Publix (at Peachtree Battle) - 2365 Peachtree St on their way down to the Dome. Sorry for the confusion!]

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