Mobility needs don't end at 9 PM

The City of Atlanta announced a temporary nighttime ban on permitted e-bikes & e-scooters as of Friday, August 9th. A citywide No Ride Zone will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, in response to the recent fatal scooter/motor vehicle crashes. The announcement noted that all four crashes occurred "after sunset." But the sun doesn't set on people's mobility needs, and last-mile connectivity isn't limited to daytime hours.  Read more

Rapid Response Required by City for Safe Streets

We are experiencing a breaking point in Atlanta’s mobility landscape. With the rise of shared mobility devices including e-bikes and scooters,  almost weekly we are reminded that streets built to prioritize cars aren’t sufficient for present-day Atlanta. People are dying. The narrative of putting the onus on the victims or people that choose to use these devices for last-mile connectivity—or even for fun—unfairly removes the responsibility from the people with the power to enact immediate solutions. Read more

Community protest calls for safe streets on West Peachtree and beyond

Just after 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17th, William Alexander was struck and fatally crushed by a bus while riding a scooter near Arts Center Marta Station in Midtown. The father of two lost his life on West Peachtree Street, a state road that the City of Atlanta and Midtown Alliance have proposed for safety improvements. West Peachtree was on the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST project list in 2015, but only received funding for street design. In addition to the failure to make West Peachtree Street a safe and complete street, the sidewalk at 15th Street is closed for a construction project. With the current conditions, West Peachtree is not a safe street for all. On, Wednesday, July 24, community members gathered at the site of the crash and form people protected sidewalk, bike, and scooter lane to demand that state and city officials take immediate action to prevent further severe and fatal injuries. Read more

Mayoral veto of Baker St project: call to action

Converting Baker Street back into two-way street reached a roadblock on Wednesday when Mayor Bottoms unexpectedly vetoed City Council’s 11-4 vote in favor of the project. The opposition for this project conflicts with Atlanta's Transportation Plan, adopted by the city in 2018, and elevates property interests over the safety of people. Read more

Neighborhood Planning Units and Neighborhoods call for safety for Cascade

As traffic safety concerns grow more and more pressing on Cascade and other High Injury Network streets in SW Atlanta, it's inspiring to see neighbors organizing for safe streets for all.  Recently, Neighborhood Planning Units S and T, in coordination with neighborhood organizations lining Cascade, and working alongside the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, came together to advocate much-needed and long-overdue safety improvements for Cascade.  Read more

The Future: strategic planning for 2020-2022 and beyond!

Our last plan, adopted in 2017, led with this mission: to transform Atlanta into a more livable, accessible city by making biking equitable, safe, and appealing. We intentionally placed the emphasis on the outcome we wanted to achieve -- a more livable, accessible city -- with equitable, safe, and appealing biking being our tool to achieve that goal. At the same time, we made a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  As we near the midpoint in the final year of that plan and embark on the path to determine the most effective direction for the next three years, we are considering expanding our mission. If you attended the annual Blinkie Awards & Member Party, you already know this!  Specifically, we are contemplating a direction that would put biking on equal ground with other transportation options, generate equitable and inclusive mobility outcomes, and, ultimately, propel biking further, faster. Read more to find out what progress we've made on this journey so far! We hope you'll join us on the path to the future. Read more

What's happening on DeKalb Ave?

We've been saying it for years, dating back to our 2014 petition calling for then-Mayor Kasim Reed to "Fix DeKalb Ave": DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. Leading up to the 2015 referendum on the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, we successfully pushed the City to put DeKalb Ave on the Complete Streets project list. Serving on the Stakeholder Committee, we advocated for the Complete Streets projects on the list to come first, because we were concerned money would run out before the City got around to building them. That's exactly what happened, and the new administration had to reprioritize the remaining projects.  We all know what happened next. Read more

What happened to Cycle Atlanta 2.0?

Recently, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced a partnership with five cities to "Rapidly Design and Build Low-Carbon Transportation Projects by 2020."  In the release, Mayor Bottoms said: “Atlanta is poised to build a 21st Century transportation system. With our forthcoming launch of the city’s first-ever Department of Transportation and access to the NACTO network’s expertise, we will emerge from the Climate Challenge with world-class bike lanes, important new sidewalk connections, and a team ready to deliver sustainable mobility options for all Atlantans.” This is excellent news and we are looking forward to learning more about what this means for the City.  But let's not forget the City has already designed two sets of projects that would add bike lanes, safe crossings, and sustainable mobility for the last mile of people's trips -- these projects just haven't been built yet. Read more

Staff and Board Updates

The day-to-day work of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is propelled by staff and board members who spend countless hours advocating for you at community meetings, public events, in the media, on advisory committees, and at City Hall. We want to share some important staff changes with you along with some exciting job and internship opportunities as we move into the second half of 2019. Read more

Cascade Can't Wait for Safety Improvements

On Wednesday, May 8th, approximately 50 community members and supporters, including parents and students from Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy Elementary School (TAG), turned frustration into action, calling on the City to #RespectCascade  . “Walk a Mile in Cascade’s Shoes” served as a day of action to generate attention about the prevalence of injuries on Cascade Road and to honor victims like 52-year-old David Gordon who lost his life crossing the street in a low-visibility crosswalk earlier this year. Read more

Shifting Gears Students Are on a Roll!

Look out, Atlanta, here come 600 empowered young people on bikes who are starting to demand safe routes to schools -- ALL schools -- across the city. Last year, 5% of the second graders in Atlanta Public Schools completed a solid curriculum unit on bike safety through our Shifting Gears program. This year, we reached 13% -- and we aim to double that amount with classes in 18 APS elementary schools in 2020. Read more

City Council increases fine for parking or stopping in bike lanes

When cars and trucks park illegally in bike lanes, it's not just an inconvenience - it makes biking unpredictable and less safe. Last year, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition members and supporters helped crowd-source data on which bike lanes in Atlanta were blocked most often. The subsequent report we released, titled Unblock the Lane, identified problem spots and recommended solutions. District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith read the report, saw the news coverage, and wanted to do something about the problem. Read more

ATL DOT coming soon!

We were thrilled to hear Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announce she is creating an Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATL DOT) at the 2019 State of the City.  We've advocated for the creation of a City of Atlanta department dedicated to transportation for two years, through our 2017 policy platform, our mayoral forum, and as members of the ATL DOT stakeholder committee. In fact, we were asking for it informally even before then, once we realized that planning and implementation needed to fall under the same authority and leadership.  Thanks to the smart, tireless, and humble work of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Councilmember Andre Dickens, we are now closer than ever to the dream of safe, equitable mobility. We're proud of the advocacy work that's gotten Atlanta this far. None of this would be possible without the support of our members. JOIN TODAY to support our continued work on this issue.  Read more

Congrats to the 2019 shiny & bright Blinkie Award winners!

On Thursday, February 7th, about 300 members and guests attended the 2019 Blinkie Awards & Member Party, sponsored by BikeLaw Georgia and the Trolley Barn. We gathered to connect with our members and celebrate the people making Atlanta better by bike. In case you missed it, read more for the award winners.  Read more

Calling All Advocates - Final Push for Safe & Complete Streets

We closed 2018 calling on the City to prioritize the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST Complete Street projects that have stalled out after three years of public meetings and delays. As taxpayers and voters, you and I authorized these projects, and we voted for Complete Streets - twice! Now it's time to mark your calendars for our last run at getting safe & complete streets built. Bring friends, family, and anyone who owes you money to these meetings and tell the City to prioritize safe & complete streets. There's a lot to like in the Complete Streets Scenario presented at the Transportation Committee Work Session earlier this month. (You can review the presentation here.) Namely, full funding for Howell Mill Road, Cascade Road/Avenue (Phase 1), Monroe Drive AND Boulevard, and the removal of the reversible lane on DeKalb Avenue. But there are three important projects missing. Read more

Prioritize the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST Complete Streets Proiects

If you voted for safe and Complete Streets that provide more mobility and transportation options for everyone, please take the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST survey and make sure these projects get built. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms launched an effort to prioritize the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST project list after she identified major funding shortfalls that would jeopardize long overdue projects that were overwhelmingly approved by voters. As stated in the presentation to the Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee, Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST will prioritize projects based on the safety, mobility, and affordability goals established in the Atlanta Transportation Plan (ATP). Read more

MARTA and ABC Remove Barriers to Last Mile Trips

MARTA and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition are here to jumpstart a new way of getting to work by helping you finish the first and last mile of your commute! Thanks to MARTA, you will now experience last-mile connectivity in our classes. Starting in November, when you take a City Cycling or Hack Your Commute class, you get a Breeze card loaded with two trips. Read more

Save the Dates: Atlanta Streets Alive 2019

When the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition launched Atlanta Streets Alive in 2010, we set out to shift Atlanta’s culture. We wanted to inspire Atlantans to re-envision and reclaim our city streets as spaces for people. Now, eight years, 25 street activations, and almost 70 miles of open streets later -- energized by deepening community support, Atlanta Streets Alive has evolved. A modest, interactive tactical urbanism demonstration that attracted 5,000 participants for its debut on Edgewood Avenue has become an award-winning initiative that can draw over 130,000 people at a time onto some of Atlanta’s most familiar streets. Atlanta Streets Alive has been embraced by Atlantans as part of our city's cultural signature. Here’s how -- with your support -- we’ll harness that energy and momentum to transform Atlanta streets into healthy, safe places that foster civic pride and community in 2019. Read more

Get the story behind the rebuilt Courtland bridge and what it promises people on bikes

After just months of construction, downtown Atlanta has a new Courtland Street bridge. Looking at the bridge today, you'll see wider sidewalks and a safer crossing at Gilmer, but otherwise, the bridge looks much the same -- surprising to many given increasing calls for safe streets for people downtown, including tens of thousands of students. But the finishing touches are still to come. We will continue to advocate for the bridge, which cuts a wide swath through the heart of Georgia State University, to be oriented towards people first. Read more for the background on this project and what we've tried to do to improve it. Read more

POSTPONED: Take Action for Complete Streets

  ***Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST will not be presenting to the Transportation Committee this Wednesday, October 24th. We will post an update as soon as we hear about the next meeting.*** 88% of Atlanta voters approved the $250-million Renew Atlanta bond back in 2015. After three years of public meetings and bold promises, only one out of 16 Complete Street projects have been built -- and that project didn't have a single public meeting nor was it on the project list shared with voters. Failure to build these projects would defy the will of the voters who overwhelmingly said yes to both the Renew Atlanta bond and TSPLOST.  Read more

Catching Up with the City of Atlanta's New Chief Bicycle Officer

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition catches up with Cary Bearn, the new City of Atlanta Chief Bicycle Officer, to find out what she has planned for Atlanta’s bicycle network. Read more

Atlanta's most popular bike lane needs you

Are you one of the 2,700 daily riders on the 10th Street protected bike lane who have been affected by the latest festival-related lane closure or the missing flex posts? The recent bike lane and sidewalk closures on 10th Street raise serious questions about how we prioritize and define transportation -- especially when it comes to Atlanta's most popular bike lane. Read more

Peachtree Street for a New Era

How do you design Peachtree Street for a new era? The answer's in the street - its past, present, and future. You can be part of the next chapter of our most iconic street when you visit Atlanta City Design's Shared Street Pilot at the Atlanta Streets Alive - Central on Sunday, September 30th. Through this pilot, we want you to experience a street that's a destination worth traveling to, not just driving through. Read more

Where we stand on all this mobility

There's a picture making the rounds on the internet. It shows someone riding an electric scooter on the Downtown Connector. It tends to set off a lot of comments. And lately every meeting we're in starts with small talk about dockless bike share and scooters. Often it's "Ugh, they're everywhere!" But our feeling is "Yes, they're everywhere!"   Atlantans are riding scooters and shared bikes in droves, especially in parts of the city where streets are the most congested, or in areas with big gaps in transit service, or well, even that one guy on the highway (yikes).  All this demand highlights just how little space is available for anything other than cars, and how much space we've dedicated to cars. Google streetview illustrates the story on roads like Courtland Ave near Georgia State University: After hearing from many of you and watching the explosion of mobility options in Atlanta, we've realized a few things. Read more for our positions on dockless bikeshare and scooters and let us know what you think!  Read more

Why We Can't Ignore Atlanta's High-Injury Network

How can Atlanta eliminate traffic deaths? Other U.S. cities that have adopted Vision Zero policies -- with the aim to eliminate traffic fatalities­ -- ­have taken the initial step of identifying where the majority of severe injury and fatal crashes occur on city streets, known as a “High-­Injury Network”. Read more

Taking notice of people killed on bikes in 2018

Earlier this year, there were two fatal bike crashes in Atlanta. Miles apart, they are connected by the fact that both seemed to go unnoticed. Until Georgia Bikes shared a mid-year update on bike crashes in the state, we were unaware that two people have been killed while biking in/near Atlanta in 2018 so far. In the last few years, we've had one fatal bike crash per year. But every single person's life lost in traffic is one too many.  Through further inquiry, we have confirmed that both individuals are from Latino backgrounds. That means the two un-remarked, uncovered bike fatalities this year might share more than obscurity. Read more

Next Steps for A Better, Safer Boulevard

The week after my youngest son was born, there were three crashes at the intersection outside my front door on Boulevard, south of I-20. I found myself rushing outside after each crash to see if people needed help. Those violent crashes struck too close to home. They showed me that we may not be in charge of drafting the plans and crunching the numbers, but we are responsible to our communities for setting the vision for how our streets are designed and what results we will accept. Last year, A Safer Boulevard successfully lobbied to extend the Monroe Drive/Boulevard Complete Street Project south of Woodward Avenue because we want to transform a dangerous part of our public space into an integrated part of our community. Now, here's your chance to advocate for a better, safer Boulevard Drive. I need you to tell Renew Atlanta and Councilmember Carla Smith that you support these safety upgrades and improvements (see below) before the August 10th deadline for public comment.   Read more

Monroe Drive and Boulevard Draw Attention to Urgent Need for Complete Streets

Three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the Renew Atlanta bond, in March 2015, just one out of the fifteen Complete Street projects has been completed and only two projects have progressed beyond a quarter of a percent complete. Now, we're seeing one project after another get kicked down the road to 2020, according to the Renew Atlanta Complete Street Project pages. Construction on phase 1 of DeKalb Avenue was scheduled to start this year but now it won't start until 2020; Cascade Road was also going to start this year but now it's been delayed until 2020. The same goes for Howell Mill Road. After the most recent open house for Monroe Drive/Boulevard Complete Street, which failed to include a road diet north of 10th Street, it's become clear that the city needs to commit to these Complete Street projects. Read more

There's Still Time to Make Monroe Drive a Safe, Complete Street

"I can make a coffee table book of all the crashes I've seen from my front porch," said Kim Wilson, a resident who lives on Monroe Drive. Her child is starting at Grady High School in the fall and she's terrified of letting them walk to school on a street where car speeds exceed 50 mph. "What's it going to take to address safety? Is it going to take another student dying?" People who walk or bike on Monroe Drive between Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street must compete with speeding cars and dangerous intersections on a daily basis. These conditions are unacceptable. Voters overwhelmingly approved the Renew Atlanta Bond in 2015 because Complete Street projects like the one on Monroe Drive/Boulevard promised to make our streets safer for everyone. The latest Renew Atlanta plans for Monroe Drive north of 10th Street preserve the same old design that virtually ensures that Monroe Drive remains a highway that endangers everyone from people like Wilson's child to rush hour car commuters. Check out the video below for reactions from residents on Monroe Drive north of Ponce de Leon, then join us as we demand the road diet be added to the Monroe Drive/Boulevard Complete Street Project.  Read more

Response to the Fiscal Year 2019 Proposed Budget

Thank you to all of our members who asked City Council for $2.5 million in funding for bike infrastructure and maintenance in the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget, and to all the City leaders who greeted the request with enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the funding was not allocated this year. While we’re disappointed, we’ve already begun planning our campaign for next year’s budget cycle!  Read more

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