September Advocacy Updates

Dear Friends,

🍂🍁 Happy Fall! We hope these cooler days have given you an extra boost of energy in your walking, riding, and rolling! What a great time to try out the new skills you picked up at one of our recent virtual cycling classes, encourage a friend to choose a sustainable mode for their next essential trip, get outside for a family-wide walk or roll, and of course, join us in our ongoing community-wide efforts to build a safe, inclusive, and sustainable mobility environment across Atlanta.

Here are our current opportunities to get involved, plus some updates and announcements from September:

 

Join Community Advocates for Safe Streets: Hollowell & Moreland Safe Streets Committees—stipend included! 

Do you live, work, or play along Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy or Moreland Ave? Join our people-powered safe streets committees on a mission to make these Atlanta streets safe spaces for people to walk, ride, & roll. Enrollment ends on Monday, October 12th, and a stipend is provided! Join here.

 

Get plugged in with organizing for safe streets across Atlanta by joining the Community Advocates Network

If you don’t live on Hollowell or Moreland, you can still join our Community Advocates Network (CAN) to show up for safety, accessibility, and sustainability in our streets. Join CAN today by signing up here. We support the Community Advocates Network by holding regular virtual meeting spaces, providing information and resources pertinent to CAN’s work, and facilitating a critical space for community interactions. Join soon to attend our next meeting on Wednesday, October 7th from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

 

Recap: Our first-ever Quarterly Stakeholder Briefing was a success 🎉

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to the virtual live event on 8/20! If you missed it, no worries--we’ve rolled out a full recap on our blog including exciting organizational updates (hint: we’re changing our name AND we’re hiring), what we’re doing to spark behavioral and culture shift toward sustainable mobility city-wide, and our continued endeavors to achieve safe & complete streets in line with our new strategic direction. We’re working to advance safe, equitable, and convenient access to sustainable mobility modes for all Atlantans, with our highest priorities on partnering with Black and Brown communities who have long experienced negative realities of structural racism in transportation policy, racial police violence in our streets, and disproportionate harm from Atlanta’s High Injury Network.

 

📓 October classes are open for registration: gain skills & confidence in biking for the whole family this fall 

Another month, another exciting schedule of FREE virtual bike classes queued up for October! This cohort of Bike Family is now full, but there’s still room in City Cycling, True Beginners, Kids Bike, and Hack Your Essential Trip—sign up today.   

 

Tactical urbanism is is coming soon! What street project will your community bring to life? 

Soon, City of Atlanta is planning to adopt a tactical urbanism permit allowing you, your neighbors, and neighborhood businesses to collaborate on community-based infrastructure projects that make our streets safer, more equitable, and more accessible. What do we love most about tactical urbanism for Atlanta? It offers a hands-on, ground-up process with the power to authentically align street level perspectives with City plans for achieving safety. We’re excited to see what you all dream up—and accomplish—in your neighborhood’s streets!

 

📣 Calling all essential workers! 

Are you an essential worker who rides MARTA, walks, bikes, uses a wheelchair, or scoots to get to work? First of all, thank you for all you do! Secondly, we’d love to feature your story or quote in our mini-series highlighting essential transportation’s role in Atlanta during the pandemic. Learn more about our essential transportation campaign here, and give us a shout at info@atlantabike.org if you’d like to share your story with us.

 

Just around the corner: Biketober 🚲🎃

It’s that time of year again—Biketober is here, ready for you to join or form a team and log your miles! Even during a pandemic, biking is an excellent way to encourage a friend to get outside, connect with someone who loves biking as much as you do, and possibly win some amazing prizes! Sign up before October 1st to be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 REI gift card! Registration: right this way

P.S. Why not kick off Biketober with a Hack Your Essential Trip cycling class to gain the skills and confidence you need to start making your essential trips by bike?

 

As September ends, we’re incredibly grateful for this community and look forward to deepening partnerships for safe, equitable, and sustainable mobility in Atlanta. If you like the work we’re doing, please consider donating today to keep our mission rolling!

 

Take care & best wishes as we enter October,

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

https://www.atlantabike.org/

Reclaiming Atlanta's streets as safe, inclusive, and thriving spaces for people to ride, walk, and roll


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