Bike lights to cyclists in need

With a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, and in partnership with Atlanta City Council Member at-large Michel Julian Bond, ABC volunteers give out "blinkies" to cyclists riding in the dark. Visibility is a key factor in preventing bike crashes, and this program helps address the issue head on. Thanks to the volunteers and contributors who make this work possible! We will recognize the volunteer who gave out the most lights at the February 8th Blinkie Awards. 

 

Auburn Avenue Streetcar update

 

Message from ABC

Thank you to everyone who took action to bring bike lanes to Auburn Avenue as part of the Streetcar project! Your voices were heard, and a partial victory is the result. The mayor's transportation advisory sent the message below detailing the thought process behind the decision. Over time, we see more projects including bicycle facilities from the get-go, in no small part due to the outpouring of support generated by this initiative. Stay tuned for the next opportunity to get involved. 

Response from City of Atlanta -- Tom Weyandt, Senior Policy Advisor for Transportation, Office of the Mayor

"After receiving over 230 emails from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, I requested our staff to thoroughly review the current proposed bike facilities.  We heard your concerns and we are taking action. 

A key finding of our review of the current design is that we will investigate the possibility of an eastbound bicycle lane between Park Place and Peachtree Center Avenue section and will commit to a separate eastbound raised cycle track on the Fort Street to Hilliard Street section of Auburn Avenue as part of our bicycle facilities expansion efforts.

There are other sections along Auburn where we will not be able to install dedicated bike lanes and I would like to explain the rationale behind this decision.  

The Atlanta Streetcar project will transform the look and feel of the whole corridor.  Improvements include the transit facility itself, enhancements to the entire project area for pedestrians, support for bike facilities and support to the merchants and other new activities along the whole route.  Given these multiple factors, trade-offs are inevitable." 

Summary

"The City of Atlanta fully appreciates the thought and passion you and others bring to the support of bicycle facilities in the City of Atlanta.  We have carefully reviewed your concerns and are working diligently to accommodate some of your requests.  I believe with some certainty that we can add a dedicated bike lane in the first critical uphill block as mentioned above (between Fort and Hilliard) and we will incorporate this into our own bicycle priorities.  Additionally, we will review the possibility of adding a bike lane on Auburn (between Park Pl and Peachtree Center Ave).

For the three-block section of Auburn Avenue with sharrows, the loss of up to 39 planned parking spaces is an unacceptable burden on the corridor and its businesses.  Equally, the loss of more than two dozen trees and various other street furniture – monuments and benches, etc – is also inconsistent with a friendly and safe pedestrian environment we hope to create.  Such changes would require a re-visit of the environmental work already accomplished, documented and approved.  The net impact on the corridor would not, we believe, be an overall benefit to the project and community it serves.

I hope this puts some context to the bike facilities issues and will give you some comfort that we consider this one of many important elements of the Atlanta Streetcar project and will act accordingly in our own bicycle facility implementation."

Please read more for a detailed section analysis. 

Join us on the Great Atlanta Bicycle Expedition: Saturday April 20

From the East Atlanta Village to the West End, from North Buckhead to South Atlanta, unknown gems to unforgettable history, community gardens to champion trees, street art to high art... from Terminus to Today! Rediscover Atlanta... by bike!

The Expedition features the Atlanta BeltLine and replaces the BeltLine Bike Tour. 

Details

Saturday, April 20th, with staggered start times from 9 am (registration at 7 am)

Route options: 7 miles17 miles, and 35 miles

Police escort options: 7 mile route includes bike police, 35 mile route option to add motorcycle police for $25 more

The Expedition will start and & end at Elliott Street Deli & Pubwith an after-party including great food, beer, music and fun!

 

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. 

 

 

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