Speak up for safe streets at these upcoming public meetings

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

2020 Blinkie Awards & Member Party

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

New strategic plan

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!

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AWARDS GRANT TO ATLANTA BICYCLE COALITION

(ATLANTA) The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce it has received a $62,883.66 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).  The grant, which will continue through September of 2020, will provide bicycle safety education, with the goal of reducing bicycle crashes and injuries.   “Thanks to the GOHS, we are able to provide quality bike safety and skills training to hundreds of Atlanteans.  Our goal is to increase the density of people biking with zero bicycle crashes in Fulton and Dekalb counties.“ said Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Education & Outreach Program Manager Stephen Spring.   The GOHS-funded education program will include 44 bike classes for a range of people, from true beginners to bike commuters, with the goal of reaching 500 Atlantans with the trainings. Class types include City Cycling rides, Hack Your Commute, College & Community Bike Safety, and a ticket diversion program for those who receive tickets for bicycle traffic violations. The ticket diversion program aims to reduce the burden of fines on low-income residents, and increase awareness of bicycle safety.    Atlanta is the 20th safest large city for biking in the U.S., as measured by bicycle fatalities per 10,000 reported bicycle commuters. In the City of Atlanta, in 2016,  there were 152 crashes involving people on bikes and 116 injuries as a result. In the state of Georgia, Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb counties have among the highest total number of bicycle crashes, along with the highest rates of cycling in the state. By providing bike safety education, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition aims to reduce bicycle crashes and create safer streets for everyone.   ###   Founded in 1991, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a membership-based nonprofit. Our work includes advocacy for a safe and connected network of bikeways and better conditions for bicycling, education for bicyclists and drivers on safety, resources to overcome barriers to biking, and opportunities to experience biking in a safe setting during Atlanta Streets Alive.   For more information on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s award, contact Kathryn Curtis at 404.657.9079 or kathryn.cardin@gohs.ga.gov. For more information on GOHS and its safety programs visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.    

New City Transportation Department Gains Momentum with New Strategic Plan and Leadership

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

Building on the 10th Street pop-up lane

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

Why are some roads more dangerous than others?

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

Statement in Response to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Action Plan for Safer Streets Across Atlanta

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

Music Midtown makes way for biking

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

Bike Safety Tips for Back to School

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

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

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