Our lives are being challenged in many ways -- businesses are being closed and workers are left without income; transportation decisions and options become dilemmas; spaces to practice safe, healthful activities are being reshaped. At the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, we’re doing what we can to lessen the impact of these challenges. This week, we worked with local bike shop owners, city council members, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and ATL DOT Commissioner Josh Rowan to establish bike shops as essential businesses under the Mayor’s shelter-in-place executive order. In our outreach to bike shop owners on Tuesday, we learned that some bike shops were closed and many were seeking clarification on the city’s stance. Today, we are pleased to relay this message from Peter Kadushin, the Director of Communications for the mayor. "Bike shops are considered essential under the order. While not listed specifically, bike shops are authorized pursuant to Section 6(f)(15) as essential businesses.” We shared this breaking news with two bike shop owners who had closed shop. “Thank you! Oh my goodness that’s great news.” celebrated Earl Serafica, owner of Earl’s Bike Shop, which now will re-open. Bike shops we spoke to are adhering to social-distancing guidelines. Some are only doing drop-off and pick-up, all have created environments limiting access to store floors, and at least one has set up online bike-repair scheduling. Kate Rockett from Outback Bikes asked us to spread the word that “Outback has a full run of free bike rentals available for healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential employees to get to work”. This shop is just one of many upholding the intentions of Section 6(f)(15) of the Mayor’s Order - ‘Essential Businesses’ means businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate. Local bike shops support essential bicycle trips through repair services, similar to auto repair shops for car trips. Designating bicycle shops as essential businesses and permitting bicycling for both transportation and light recreation are crucial steps to providing relief to people in Atlanta. To find local bike shops closest to you, check out our map. Onward and be safe. *Update: On March 27, the Mayor issued several clarifications of the Stay at Home Order, adding bike shops to the list of exempt businesses.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition along with the American Heart Association, PEDS, MARTA Army, NPU-I, TransFormation Alliance, ThreadATL, Historic South Atlanta, Atlanta Families for Safe Streets, and more are lobbying the city of Atlanta government to set safe speed limits and adopt Vision Zero, an effort to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Legislation to allow the City to establish a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit on all neighborhood streets was introduced March 11th to the City Council Transportation Committee, which approved the ordinance unanimously March 25th. [Next, the legislation will likely be up for a vote by the full City Council April 20th. We'll update this post with details on how to submit your comment as we learn more.] While applauding the step, ABC and its partners want to strengthen the legislation even further--Georgia ranks as one of the deadliest states for vehicular fatalities and Atlanta’s fatality rate is three times higher than of peer cities like Boston and Seattle. Read more
On Thursday, February 27th, the Atlanta Department of Transportation showed the most recent concept for DeKalb Ave. The project is described as “DeKalb Ave Safety Improvements,” and while it’s true that removing the reversible lane is an important safety improvement, the overall design would not fulfill the City’s commitment to improving safety for everyone on this key corridor. Our vision for DeKalb Ave is of a greenway similar to the BeltLine alongside a safe street for all. In our vision, DeKalb Ave facilitates easy access to transit, prioritizes the safety of the most vulnerable people first, and provides transportation options that go beyond cars for the growing number of businesses and residents along the corridor. Read more
Atlanta’s 2017 pedestrian fatality rate was the 23rd highest out of the 175 largest cities in the nation. In 2018, a person walking or biking was killed somewhere in this country every 73 minutes - 6,283 pedestrians and 857 cyclists - the highest figures in 30 years. Cities across the U.S. and the world are setting safer speed limits to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. By lowering the speed limit, top outlier speeds go down. We are joining forces with Voices for Healthy Kids/American Heart Association, PEDS, AARP Georgia, other organizations, and a growing number of Atlanta neighborhood associations and NPUs to add Atlanta to the list of cities with safer speed limits. Act now: Tell your City of Atlanta elected officials you want a safer speed limit of 25 mph on city streets. Read more
February 13th, 2020 marked the 13th annual Blinkie Awards & Member Party. The Blinkie Awards honor the people, projects, and plans making Atlanta safer and more accessible by sustainable transportation modes. Some 240 people attended the event, sponsored by Bike Law Georgia, The Trolley Barn, and Georgia Bikes. Participants enjoyed ABC Bike Valet service and music by DJ Zegi along with food and drinks donated by Eventide Brewing, Six Feet Under, and Homegrown Restaurants -- Doc Chey’s and Osteria 832. Following a welcome by our Deputy Director, Haydée Santana, Rebecca Serna shared updates on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s new strategic direction, mission, and 2020 priorities. She also shared plans for the 10th anniversary of Atlanta Streets Alive, which we'll start celebrating with a block party in South Downtown on Sunday, May 17th (details coming soon!) Next, Cassius and Marley Alabanza drew cheers as they issued an invitation to the 2020 Youth Bike Summit coming to Atlanta in March from the Youth Advisory Council. Finally, our Community Engagement Coordinator Sagirah Jones emceed the Blinkie Awards. Read more to see who was recognized! Read more
2020 got off to a strong start, at least when it comes to opportunities to speak up for #SafeStreetsforAll! We'll keep this blog post updated so you can stay organized. Thank you for speaking up for safe streets for all! Read more
Since 2008, we've gathered each year to celebrate the people, projects, and policies making Atlanta better by bike. In 2020, as we expand our work to include forms of sustainable and active transportation that are good for the city, please join us for this community shindig at the Trolley Barn (how appropriate). RSVP to the Blinkies: Thursday, February 13th This party is FREE for current members! To become a member, join via atlantabike.org/join-donate Read more
We've long envisioned a day when biking is wholly integrated into Atlanta's daily life, culture, and infrastructure, and our mission has been focused on making biking equitable, safe, and appealing. This year, our 28th in existence, we worked with partners, members, and supporters on our next strategic plan. Our new plan responds to changes in our environment and work with an updated mission and vision, and expanded goals that include walking and transit. By banding together with advocates for other sustainable kinds of transportation we will make progress faster than if we continued to work on bicycle infrastructure alone. Our city needs a connected transportation system that serves diverse needs, and that's what we're working towards, together. Vision: An Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city Mission: To reclaim Atlanta’s streets as safe, inclusive, and thriving spaces for people to ride, walk, and roll. I hope you'll join us in this next phase!
Yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Josh Rowan, General Manager of Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST, will become the City's first Transportation Commissioner charged with bringing three existing City agencies together under one leader. We applaud the mayor on her selection and the comprehensive and progressive strategic plan announced alongside the Commissioner. Read more
Last month, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a plan to build a safer and more equitable transportation network for people who walk, bike, and use other human-powered or light individual transportation (LIT) devices. To kick off this project, the City’s Office of Mobility Planning and Midtown Alliance used temporary materials and volunteers to build a “pop-up” protected bike lane on 10th Street in Midtown. The temporary lane connected the existing cycle track from Piedmont Park at Myrtle Street two additional blocks up to Juniper Street. Read more
It’s frustrating when there are years of statistical data proving that specific streets are more dangerous than others. It’s even more disturbing that people living in communities surrounded by dangerous streets have memories of severe and fatal traffic collisions etched in their minds. This “High-Injury Network” was researched by Georgia Tech graduate student John Saxton. Read more
Today, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the details of the “plan to change our streets by creating safer, dedicated spaces for cyclists and scooter riders.” The promise of an “accelerated” plan came packaged with the announcement of a temporary night-time ban (9 p.m. to 4 a.m.) on permitted e-bikes & e-scooters following the deaths of three scooter riders struck by cars and killed while riding e-scooters in the city of Atlanta and our advocacy calling for a rapid response from the City. Read more
Last year's Music Midtown brought heartburn to Atlantans who use bikes and scooters for transportation. The bike lanes on 10th Street were inaccessible for two-weeks during the previous year's festival even though they are the most heavily-used bike lanes in the city. This year, to create a safer environment for mobility, the City of Atlanta and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition worked with Music Midtown to address concerns and forge a better path forward. Read more
There’s no time like back to school to get the whole family actively riding in Atlanta’s neighborhoods and along bike paths. We honor this exciting time with some information about our bike safety education programs, tips on riding safety, and a request for support of our expanding Shifting Gears program. Read more
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