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

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

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

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

#Budget4Bikes - $2.5 Million in the FY2019 City Budget

We’re advocating for $2.5 million in funding for bike infrastructure and maintenance in the city’s FY2019 Budget. The funding will help the city set realistic goals for bike network expansion that can be delivered in a single political term. At approximately $100,000 per mile, the city could build 20 miles of bike lanes annually. Along with projects with other funding sources, this would help reach our goal of 200 miles of bikeways by 2021, while also setting aside $500,000 annually for maintenance." Let's make sure the city budget reflects our future priorities. Tell your councilmember to #Budget4Bikes before the Monday, June 18th, Council Meeting! SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR EMAIL TIPS Read more

134,000 People Power Westside Atlanta Streets Alive

Last Sunday, 134,000 people powered the Westside Atlanta Streets Alive on Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street. At the Westside Atlanta Streets Alive kickoff, we celebrated the Marietta Street Resurfacing Project with Councilmember Dustin Hillis (District 9 - Northwest Atlanta) and Renew Atlanta, the department responsible for the resurfacing project that will add 1.6 miles of bikes lanes to Marietta Street. Councilmember Hillis declared "Westside Bestside!" and the Phoenixes took flight. And what followed was one of our largest open streets activations in Atlanta history. Read more

Relays and Limes and Birds, oh my!

New technologies are bringing new ways of getting around to Atlantans. Last month, the city's official bike share, Relay, celebrated one year of operations. Lime Bikes, along with a slew of dockless bike share companies bringing more mobility options to cities across the globe, is submitting permits to the City of Atlanta to start placing its bikes throughout the city. And, of course, people are buzzing about the Bird e-scooters zipping around town.  It's absolutely key to have sensible regulations in place before the systems roll out. This regulation will demystify the process for both the city and companies that want to bring beyond-car mobility options to Atlanta. That's why we're supporting the City of Atlanta's new “Shareable Dockless Mobility Devices” legislation. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition supports more *safe* mobility options that connect with transit, make getting around town easier, and help people get out of their cars for short trips. We also care deeply about livability, safety, and equity, so we want to make sure the shiny new devices are sustainable, safe, and equitably distributed. But, perhaps most tellingly, these shared mobility devices underscore the importance of designing our streets for how people want to get around Atlanta. People crave options, whether it's at the grocery store, on the Internet, or on the street.  Read more

Could these bills make our roads safer?

[Updated May 17] You may have already heard about Atlanta Transit Linc, the new regional transit agency Governor Deal signed into law this session. But here are three bills you may not have heard about - and that just might make our streets safer. We believe people should not die or be seriously injured when they are just trying to get somewhere. This concept, sometimes referred to as "Vision Zero," has widespread support. With fatal car and pedestrian crashes on the rise in Georgia, we've been closely following state legislation through Georgia Bikes that could make Georgia's roads safer - for everyone. Not sure who represents you at the state Capitol? Find your legislator and thank them for supporting safer streets. Read more

Training Wheels Come Off the DeKalb Ave Complete Street Project

Hundreds of people jammed into the conference room at the new Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium to hear the fate of the Renew Atlanta DeKalb Avenue Complete Street project. When the Renew Atlanta project manager declared the city would finally remove the reversible "suicide" lane and move forward with long-awaited turn lanes, signal upgrades, ADA improvements, and separated bike facilities, most of the crowd erupted in applause. We're calling on Renew to prioritize engineering & design of the Complete Street, to make absolutely sure it gets built. Let's make this one Complete Street project that gets completed! Email your public comment to Renew Atlanta at renewatlanta@atlantaga.gov by May 2nd and be sure to include your name, address, and that you support the Complete Streets project. It's fitting that the announcement of a visionary Complete Street project would take place inside the City of Atlanta's beautiful $23.5 million recreation center, funded by Renew Atlanta. If the Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium serves as a hub for the community, then DeKalb Avenue serves as the spoke that connects the neighborhoods along the corridor. Renew Atlanta can turn the DeKalb Avenue Complete Street project into a safe corridor that serves the community and commuters no matter what mode they choose.  Read more

Thank you, Becky

The City of Atlanta's first Chief Bicycle Officer, Becky Katz, is a force to be reckoned with. She rolls over and around obstacles in her way like water carving a path over rock, leaving its mark on hard surfaces over time. During her two and half year tenure, Becky etched new paths, created much-needed programs, updated policies, and established good institutional habits.  That's right, we used the past tense. After working with the city and a foundation to create and fund the position, we've had the pleasure of working with Becky in her role at the city, where she has accomplished a great deal in a short time! Read more

Seeing is Believing on DeKalb Ave

74,000 people biked, walked, skated, or pushed strollers down DeKalb Ave last Sunday at Atlanta Streets Alive. That’s nearly a week’s worth of car traffic crammed into 4 hours on a street that carries about 15,000 vehicles per day. Unlike a white-knuckled car ride down DeKalb Ave which has seen as many as 11 crashes and 5 injuries in a given week, Atlanta Streets Alive documented 1 EMS visit -- a skinned knee that required an ice pack.  Read more

Department of Streets & Mobility?

Here in Atlanta, we're often called out for our transportation challenges. Transit service, though increasing, remains anemic. Where traffic isn't congested, speeding is rampant, and many people feel they lack safe alternatives to driving. It comes as no surprise to newcomers to learn we don't have a city department that is focused solely on transportation. The idea of creating a city department to plan, fund, deliver, and manage transportation projects and services is not a new one, but it seems to have gained new life.  Read more

Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street Project Moving Forward

If you bike east from Beecher Hills on Cascade Road, you know it already has a short section of bike lane that gets you tantilizingly close to the Kroger Citi Center, but stopping suddenly just before you get there, right at the trickiest part. That section is slated for improvements funded through the Renew Atlanta bond, but it's not a done deal yet. The City’s Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST team just completed its final round of public meetings for the Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street Project. Read more for the latest, and how you can help address safety challenges on this important road. Read more

Atlanta Releases 1st Annual Bike Report

We are thrilled that the City of Atlanta has released its first Annual Bicycle Report, and we will work with the Mayor to continue building on the achievements outlined in the City's report. Our Executive Director Rebecca Serna told CBS46 in an interview about the report that "a street safe enough for someone to ride a bike on is also safer for everyone else". Read more

Make third time the charm for DeKalb Avenue

Renew Atlanta Public Meeting 2016 DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. But there's hope. In 2015, Atlanta voters overwhelming approved the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond to update and improve our streets. DeKalb Avenue made the Renew Atlanta list as a Complete Street, which means that the street must be rebalanced to serve more than just car traffic. In order to do this, the city needs to remove the reversible "suicide" lane (a long overdue safety improvement) and replace it with turn lanes at key intersections, as well as repave the street, and add bike lanes or a multi-use path, and build safer crossings. The City of Atlanta's Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST department is about to lead its third public meeting in three years. The project dates on the website indicate that this may take another two years to complete.  Read more

The Street of Dignity: Community Makes Progress on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. currently ranks among the top three most dangerous streets on the Atlanta High Injury Corridor list, according to the draft Atlanta Transportation Plan. But thanks to the leadership of former Mayor Kasim Reed and former Councilmember C.T. Martin, communities along Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. will start seeing improvements that honor the history of the street and Atlanta’s Civil Rights legacy - and save lives in the process. Read more

Clear the Way for Better Biking in Atlanta

As the city’s bicycle advocacy organization, one of the most common complaints we receive has to do with motor vehicles, specifically commercial vehicles, blocking bike lanes. Atlanta’s bike lanes need to remain clear in order to serve the purpose of moving people by bike. In 2016, we launched Unblock the Lane (read the full report here), a crowdsourcing campaign that empowered members to report motor vehicles parked or stopped in bike lanes by using the camera and geotag feature on their phones. Individuals uploaded photos to the Unblock the Lane map, which instantly captured the violation date, time, and location. Read more

Blinkie Awards 2018 wrap-up

We had a lively, fun, and informative time at the 2018 Blinkie Awards & Members' Party last week, and we hope you did, too. If you weren't able to attend, here's what you missed. Hope you'll make it out next time!  Read more

Pedaling Your ABC Goals and Policy Priorities Inside and Outside City Hall

During last year’s competitive city election cycle, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hosted campaign events that ranged from our interactive and engaging Rolling Town Hall and Atlanta Streets Alive Candidate Row to our formal and insightful Atlanta on the Move Mayoral Forum. Many of the candidates who participated in our events were elected to represent you in City Hall, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Mayoral Forum) and Council President Felicia Moore (Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside), as well as 9 Atlanta City Councilmembers. As much as we want to have ASA every day and weekly Rolling Town Halls with elected officials, we know that the long, uphill work of advocacy depends on you showing up - at community meetings, neighborhood associations, and, of course, City Hall. That’s why we continue to develop the positive relationships we’ve built over the last 26 years and during the city election campaign to amplify your voice. Read more

No, you don't have to wait until spring to ride your new bike!

On Saturday, December 9, while many Atlantans were building snowmen or sipping hot cocoa, scores of children from Southwest Atlanta gathered in the West End for a very special day. Free Bikes for Kids, known as FB4K, spent the summer and fall months securing and tuning up hundreds of bikes to give away to kids. FB4K enlisted the help of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Education Program to lead the kids on their first ride on their brand new bikes — and to teach them how to bike safely. Read more

Get Ready to Bike the Vote - again

We are committed to giving you all the information you need to make your decision at the polls. That's why we shared the Atlanta on the Move Mayoral Forum: Runoff Cut video and Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire to highlight the answers, solutions, and responses from both candidates in the runoff election for Atlanta mayor.  Since the general election, we've been building and renewing relationships with new and returning Atlanta City Council members. During these meetings, we've used our policy briefs as the basis for next year's priorities at City Hall. Check them out after the jump... Read more

2018 Atlanta Streets Alive routes: 2 returning + 1 brand-new!

"Bring Atlanta Streets Alive to my community," people tell us. We hear you. That's one reason we activate routes around the city, collaborating with a cluster of neighborhoods for a few years and, gradually, sharing the open streets experience with more of Atlanta's 242 neighborhoods. That is intentional. Here's where we're opening Atlanta's streets to people in 2019. Read more

Statement on recent death and crash on Atlanta bikeways

We were devastated to hear about the fatal crash yesterday afternoon near Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Luckie Street that claimed the life of Andrew Whitlock. His death occurred at the crossroads of two types of bike facilities - one representing enhanced protective bikeways, the other representing the thin strip of paint that provides space but places our lives in the hands of drivers on a daily basis. Atlanta is also at a major crossroads. The crash comes the night before city elections for Mayor and City Council. Ensuring the safety of our most vulnerable road users should be a critical issue for the next administration. If, as widely expected, there is a runoff for mayor or other seats, we need to know where candidates stand on building safe streets. (We've given Mayoral candidates an opportunity to share their views and plans through the Mayoral Forum and Questionnaire.)  Read more

Here’s how the next Mayor and City Council can make Atlanta a safer and more equitable place to walk, bike, and ride transit

Making Atlanta’s transportation system more equitable and sustainable depends on thoughtful transportation options that are safe and affordable for everyone in Atlanta. In realizing this, we need transportation facilities and urban policies that mutually reinforce each other. (We’ve outlined these solutions in our policy briefs on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Platform page; please click on the links below to learn more about each brief.) Read more

Build the best, prepare for the worst

In the wake of the the horrible terrorist attack that claimed the lives of eight bicyclists riding on the Hudson River Greenway, the busiest bicycle path in the country, we urge our elected officials and city leaders to renew their focus on protecting our most vulnerable road users from senseless crashes that could be prevented while, at the same time, building infrastructure to combat our worst-case scenarios. Read more

What I'm voting for on November 7th

Our desire for healthy, sustainable, and equitable transportation options in the city of Atlanta has never been greater. But we know that good planning is sometimes sacrificed in the name of political expediency. Between the voter-approved Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond, TSPLOST, and the MARTA sales tax, the city has $3 billion to invest in new transportation facilities. Proposed projects include 90 miles of bike lanes, Complete Streets, neighborhood greenways, streetscapes, new buses and infill rail stations, and other projects. Your vote for Atlanta's next mayor will determine whether projects that would make Atlanta's streets safer for people walking and biking actually get built. Read more

How Two Wheels Changed My Life

It was the fall of 2016. A friend of mine texted me about a paid part-time program called Westside Bike Share Champions and recommended that I apply. Months earlier, I had been laid off from my 9-to-5 job and taken the leap towards working in my graphic design and visual art business full-time. Adding insult to injury, my car went to automobile heaven. I took my friend’s advice and applied to the program. I was excited about the opportunity to use my creativity and passions for marketing and community service to do outreach in the community about Atlanta’s new Relay Bike Share program. However, there was one big problem in my head - I didn’t own a bike. Read more

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