November Advocacy Updates

Dear Friends,

Happy November! We hope you, your family, and friends are experiencing a safe, healthy, and cozy fall leading up to the holidays. Looking toward the last month and a half of 2020, we’re excited to spend time with you all live at our stakeholder briefing this week in a virtual format — please join us Thursday and the rest of the month in coming together to carry out our mission to reclaim Atlanta’s streets as inclusive and thriving spaces for people to walk, ride, and roll.


📅See you this Thursday at 7pm for our second quarterly stakeholder briefing — don’t forget to RSVP! 

We can’t wait to share this quarter’s updates and opportunities with you in just two days! You will hear from our staff (including a few new members!) plus some 🌟superstar guest speakers🌟 from around the community.

As a sneak peak, we’ll be rolling out new mobility justice themed research from our policy team, hearing from community members on how they’re showing up for safety and equity in Atlanta’s mobility scene, discussing next steps for Vision Zero and a few key street campaigns, and of course, hearing any feedback you have for us as we advance our vision of an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably here at the end of 2020.


Community Advocates for Safe Streets program kicks off with training to direct safety solutions along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Moreland Avenue, Community Advocates Network enrollment still open

Safe mobility is a human right. That’s why our first-ever safe streets committees made up of 15 community members who live or work along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Moreland Avenue are in full swing with training and organizing to recommend effective and sustainable safety solutions for these high-injury network corridors.

Enrollment for this cohort of Community Advocates for Safe Streets is now closed, but you can still make an immediate impact on safety solutions for our streets by joining the Community Advocates Network or donating to empower community advocates for safe streets as part of #GivingTuesday this year.

Many thanks to the Energy Foundation for their support for our Community Advocates for Safe Streets program on Moreland Ave and Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy.


🔎What’s next for Tactical Urbanism in Atlanta? Our new blog post reviews Atlanta’s first permit for community-led popup projects

Championing Tactical Urbanism was high on our 2020 Policy Agenda, and we’re thrilled that the City unveiled Atlanta’s first-ever Tactical Urbanism guide earlier this fall. We celebrated this milestone, then got back to work — our new blog post outlines what we like best and what improvements we consider essential to supporting meaningful popup demonstrations that help to reclaim Atlanta’s streets as safe, inclusive, and thriving spaces for people to walk, ride, and roll.


🚲Gearing up for our next Bike Family cohort with Finch Elementary: Enrollment starts November 20th

We’re prioritizing safe, sustainable mobility options for families who live along or near Atlanta’s high-injury network corridors. That’s why we’re teaming up with Finch Elementary School on Lee Street for Bike Family classes in early 2021. 

Do you have or know a student at Finch Elementary School? Is one of your #squadgoals finding a more fun, sustainable, healthy, and cost effective way to get around together? If so, we hope you’ll register for our upcoming Bike Family cohort! Bike Family is a fun way for families to learn and practice biking together through guided class sessions with a common goal of building skills and confidence to ride safely. This program is for any Finch Elementary family — whether you’re dusting off your biking know-how for the first time in years or you’re brand new to taking the street by two wheels.

Participants will complete a combination of virtual classes, in-person learning in small groups, and a community ride. Bicycles and gear will be provided for everyone. Online registration starts now and runs through December 18th. First class is February 6th, 2021!

PS: Bike Family is funded by REI, and we plan to continue adding more cohorts in 2021!


Addressing street racing and other forms of speeding through #EngineeringOverEnforcement

Street racing has become a big topic of conversation in Atlanta, recently making its way to City Council legislation. This month, we shared our thoughts on the data-driven methods we envision as most effective for the City to address street racing and all types of speeding, such as street design that slows down speeding cars. Read the full blog post here.


Already missing #Biketober? Join our Love to Ride community to keep logging your miles and encouraging Atlantans to take more trips by bike

#Biketober 2020 engaged 2,944 participants and added 419 new riders, logging nearly 400,000 miles! To put that into perspective, Atlantans rode the equivalent of the earth’s circumference… about 15 times! 

We are partnering with Love to Ride to keep this energy going through the end of 2020 and beyond. Here are two ways to up your riding game, win prizes, and to pick up some skills:

  1. 🚲Join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Love to Ride community. Each new registrant results in greater support for our organization, and provides an avenue for Atlantans who bike to keep connecting and encouraging one another. 
  2. 📗Enroll in one of our upcoming Biking on the Road classes. These engaging 30-minute virtual classes will give you some skills to safely ride the streets and log even more miles!


💚Make Atlanta a place where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably with a donation for #GivingTuesday your gift will go twice as far through our matching gift challenge!

This #GivingTuesday, your donation to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition comes with double the impact toward holding leaders accountable to complete projects in existing transportation plans, developing and empowering community advocate networks, and advocating for policies that center racial equity in Atlanta’s transportation sphere. Donate today through December 1st to keep us working for an Atlanta that empowers everyone to move around the city safely and confidently.


See you Thursday,

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

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