Open house on upcoming bike projects in Midtown

Midtown Alliance and the City of Atlanta Department of Planning & Community Development invite you to an Open House on January 30, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at 999 Peachtree Street, Suite 500 to get feedback on plans for a new sidewalk and bicycle project on Juniper which will transform this corridor into one of Atlanta’s greenest streets. Plans for new, high quality bicycle facilities in Midtown on 10th Street, and Piedmont Avenue will also be discussed. Midtown Alliance and City of Atlanta representatives will kick off the meeting with a brief presentation of each project and how they fit in to the City’s Connect Atlanta Plan between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Staff and consultants will be available for the remainder of the meeting to answer specific questions. These are exciting projects with tremendous potential and we encourage you to attend! Details from Midtown Alliance below and attached. Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5154164244.    

"Winning Campaigns" training comes to Atlanta January 25 and 26th

Alliance for Biking and WalkingA powerful campaign to increase biking and walking takes planning, research, strategy and knowledge about grassroots organizing. There aren't any shortcuts to transform communities into great places to bike and walk, but there is one way that is proven to get campaigns off on the right track: the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s Winning Campaigns Training.  

Following the workshop, there will be a Community Forum open to all from 4-7 pm on Saturday, January 26th.
 
Details: Bike advocates, partners, and community members are invited to join ABC’s staff and board for this community conversation on bicycle infrastructure funding. A wintry Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to get involved in paving the way for better biking in Atlanta. 
 
Facilitators from the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists will give a short presentation on what's happening around the country in places where referendums have failed. Then you'll hear all about ABC’s newly developed campaign, and how supporters can get involved. But most importantly, we want to hear from you! Bring your ideas, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to consider all angles. Help us make this a winning campaign from the get-go, and garner more funding for bike projects. 
 
Free event with complimentary appetizers and a small cash/donations wine table. Location: Studioplex http://goo.gl/maps/yRmTe (metal door visible on street view). 
 
Please RSVP in one of these places: Facebook or Eventbrite.
 
To sponsor or for more information on participating in the training, please contact info@atlantabike.org. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please see the attached pdf. 

Blinkie Award Winners

Mayor Kasim Reed and city planner Joshuah Mello. Photo by Atlanta HeydaysRemarks by Mayor Kasim Reed stole the show at last night's Blinkie Awards & ABC Members' Night. Mayor Reed celebrated the city's recent committment to fund $2.5 million in high quality bike facilities in 2013, bringing their 3 year total to some $60 million! And he wants to spend even more if possible - up to $100 million by 2016. Wow.

In stirring comments to a rapt crowd, he said ABC broke through to the city with the genuineness of our passion. Then he announced the Mayor's Office would contribute $50,000 to Atlanta Streets Alive, to help bring the open streets initiative to Peachtree this year! 

What a night. Thank you to everyone for coming - and for all you did to make 2012 such an incredible year. 2013 is off to a pretty great start too! If you missed the Blinkie Awards, you're probably curious to see winners. Well, everyone who contributed to Atlanta's continued evolution into a more bikeable city is a winner in our book, but here are the people who took home the coveted Blinkies.

City of Atlanta approves $2.5 Million for bike projects in 2013!

Congratulations, Atlanta residents and visitors - the city just approved $2.47 million for high-quality Complete Streets-style bike projects in 2013!

Thank you to everyone who contacted your councilmembers or signed the petition, to the Atlanta Office of Planning for creating the project list and making the case, to the Mayor's Office for bringing the proposal to Council, and to the Finance Committee and Councilmembers for voting in favor. 

The money comes from existing bond revenues, and another ~$2.5 million will go towards bridges and streetscaping.

In just one year, this will add 15 miles of high-quality bicycle infrastructure to our city. 

To put this in context, cities like Washington DC and Seattle build 10-15 miles of bike lanes annually.

Those are pretty good cities to have in our bike-friendly sights!

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Winter Membership Drive Kickoff

Join us December 8th at the Irwin Street Market, 6PM til 8PM, as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition kicks off its 2012 Winter Membership drive. Get that special someone their very own Atlanta Bicycle Coalition membership, good for discounts at fine establishments around the city and help the Bike Coalition make Atlanta a friendlier, safer bicycle city. We'll also have our latest sweatshirts for sale (now in color) and logoed bells.

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(Bike) light up the night!

With the end of daylight savings time, more cycling trips take place after dark, and the importance of having bike lights increases. Unfortunately not everyone who needs lights a) knows they need them b) has money to buy lights and c) knows where to buy them.

That's why each winter ABC distributes bike lights to cyclists riding in the dark. Teams of volunteers keep lights handy during their night rides to give away as needed.

Sign up below - your assistance will help make bike riders everywhere safer this season! Thanks to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for providing funding to support this program and to Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, Post 1 At-Large for donating an additional 200 lights. 

Kickoff event Friday, December 14 at 6 pm
Woodruff Park @the Reading Room
Press conference and light distribution; start of Mobile Social's Tour de Lights ride and well-lit bikes contest

Atlanta Bike to Work Challenge concludes, over 1000 participate

Over 1,000 commuters - including many new to bike commuting - took part in the first-ever Atlanta Bike to Work Challenge during the month of October! 

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants - your enthusiasm makes it likely this program will return in 2013, bigger and better than ever. Congratulations to the top placing teams First Place: Alta Aces, Second Place: Thunder Spokes, and Third Place: Sun and Moon; and to the top scoring individuals: First Place: Stephen Becher, Second Place: Alison Amyx, Third Place: Mary Ann Schneider, Fourth Place: Amber Raley, Fifth Place: Andrew Lane, Sixth Place: Heather Miller, Seventh Place: Traci Huckaby. 

Read more for full list of the winners, or click on the images below to read the Clean Air Campaign's Bicycle Commuter Diaries. 

 

 

ABC seeks experienced Project Manager

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is pleased to announce a contract opportunity for a Project Manager for the proposed mountain bike trails and pump track in Lionel Hampton Park. The park currently features a  playground, fitness stations, and section of paved path. 

Candidates must have experience submitting projects for permitting to city of Atlanta, including watershed, land disturbance, and the tree ordinance.

A background in sustainable mountain bike trail layout and design is strongly preferred; ability to work with a trail designer if not. Must take a collaborative approach to working with partners, neighborhood groups, and the city.

Please read more for details.

 

BeltLine Eastside Trail: improving access for bicyclists

Like everyone, we're thrilled to have the BeltLine Eastside Trail, opened just a few weeks ago and already a huge success! But like many cyclists, we're concerned about access to and from the BeltLine at Monroe and Irwin. We've reached out to the planners and are getting good responses on what safety fixes are planned for these intersections. Read more for a summary of what we've learned, along with other Eastside Trail info and etiquette tips you may want to share with your fellow cyclists. [Update: visit beltline.org for info on the fixes being planned.] 

ABC calls for bike lane on Auburn Avenue

The Atlanta Streetcar project, slated for completion in 2013, received a $5.1 million "transit enhancements" grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative for installation of bike lanes and enhanced pedestrian infrastructure (read: fixing sidewalks). Yet the draft plans for Auburn Avenue show bicycle signage (“sharrows”) for most of the street with bike lanes on just three blocks of Auburn, whereas Edgewood is slated for a first-rate bike lane. 

Please note these two bike lanes - one in each direction - are intended by the project sponsors to act as as paired bike lanes. Due to the streetcar being placed on the curb lane and the hazard streetcar tracks pose for cyclists, it would be unsafe to add bike lanes on the same side of the street as the streetcar. The streetcar will be in a mixed traffic lane with cars. This is a compromise - our ideal scenario would be a streetcar that operates in a dedicated lane in the middle of the road, with either protected bike lanes on both sides of the street or on a nearby parallel street. 

We think the addition of a dedicated, striped bike lane on Auburn would enhance the historic district in many ways - see below for just a few - so we're asking you to weigh in to ask the city to edit contractor's plans. Want to find out more? Meet us at the monthly Commuter Breakfast at the Sweet Auburn Bread Company Thursday, Nov 1 from 7-9 am!

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Sharrows are nice for awareness but they don't create dedicated space for bike riders. On-street parking is necessary but Atlanta has many parking options, and not so many bike lanes. Cross streets like Piedmont and Courtland could be narrowed to add on-street parking, leaving room for a bike lane on Auburn, or planners could take a page from the West Peachtree at 5th Street project and use sidewalk space to add cycle tracks where space permits.

Check out our op-ed on the topic in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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