December Advocacy Updates

Dear Friends,

Happy holidays, and welcome to our final advocacy update of the year. As we bid farewell to 2020 and reflect on the darkness and difficulty it brought, we still remain energized by this year’s community-powered advocacy, which continues to make Atlanta a safer place for everyone who walks, rides, and rolls. We’re wrapping up December grateful for this year’s progress, ready to continue advancing safe streets for Atlantans in 2021.

🎁‘Tis the season to give — donate to help us reclaim Atlanta’s streets for people who walk, ride, and roll

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite active commuter? Know a kid getting a new bike this year? Give Atlantans the gift of safe streets by making a year end donation — whether you’re renewing your membership or giving in someone else’s name, your donation helps make Atlanta a place where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably.

 

🎓Congratulations to our safe streets committee graduates! Next stop: Moreland Avenue and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway street committee members get to work

Our first-ever streets committee cohort graduated from their safe streets training last night 🎉. Each member of this diverse group of advocates brings valued skills, lived experience, and training to the Donald Lee Hollowell Safe Streets and Moreland Ave Safe Streets committees. Together, they form an organized, community-led coalition to hold City and State leaders accountable for developing a safe, equitable mobility environment on both corridors. Help us congratulate our graduates, and stay tuned for opportunities to join their advocacy efforts for Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Moreland Avenue in 2021.

Donald Lee Hollowell ParkwayDonald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Northside Drive intersection. Photo by Christy Dodson.

🚀Community advocacy at work: Cascade Avenue and DeKalb Avenue receive safety improvements; more street campaigns planned for 2021

Bus stop enhancements, safer crosswalks, extended and new LIT lanes — your tenacious advocacy resulted in a brighter safety outlook for active transportation on DeKalb Avenue and Cascade Avenue. Read our full blog post to learn more about improvements to both streets, and stay tuned for upcoming safe street campaigns, brought to us by advocates like you! 

Ready to get a head start on 2021’s street campaigns? Make an end of year donation to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition today.

 

🚲🦼👟Cherokee Avenue LIT lane rollout continues, new HAWK crosswalk installed on Moreland Avenue

If you’ve recently biked on Cherokee Avenue, you probably enjoyed the newly resurfaced street and in-progress LIT lane. This complete street project has come a long way since the public engagement meetings we attended back in January! We’re so excited Cherokee Avenue is becoming a complete street, and we’ll keep tracking the project’s progress until it’s finished.

In more street safety news, this week the City finished installing a HAWK crosswalk on Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points. This is an excellent improvement, and a positive step toward prioritizing safety for people who walk, ride, and roll on one of Atlanta’s High-Injury Network streets. 

🎉🎉🎉Three cheers for progress as we continue to hold the City accountable for making Atlanta a place where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably.

 

👟♿Browse our new StoryMap, Safe Streets for Pedestrians: Examining traffic laws to ensure safe streets for pedestrians and explore alternatives to police enforcement

At the November Stakeholder Briefing, we debuted a new StoryMap highlighting our research roundup supporting policy changes to keep pedestrians safe, such as eliminating laws against jaywalking (which aren’t proven to keep people who walk safe) and advancing Vision Zero without police enforcement. Check out the StoryMap now to learn more about how policy that relies on #EngineeringOverEnforcement can pave the way for a safer, more equitable landscape for people who walk and roll in Atlanta.

 

📈Second quarterly stakeholder briefing recap: engaging Atlantans for safety and equity in our streets

If you missed our November 19th Stakeholder Briefing or you’re ready to relive all of the excitement, you can now catch the full recap. Head over to our blog to learn what we were up to in Q2, plus hear from advocates from all over the city.

 

Hope you and yours enjoy a happy, safe holiday season!

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
http://www.atlantabike.org/

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition board members in February 2020 at the annual Blinkies celebration. Photo by Rand Lines Photography.

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