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

Mayoral candidates gather for a lively discussion on biking, walking, and transit

  Thank you to the partners, attendees, and Mayoral candidates who participated in the Atlanta on the Move Mayoral Forum. More than 300 people attended the event and 2.2 thousand people have viewed the Facebook Live feed. While there was unanimous support among the candidates for 100 new miles of bike lanes by the end of their mayoral term and the creation of an Atlanta Department of Transportation, candidates took different approaches to questions about MARTA expansion, affordable housing and building community support for bike lanes. Many attendees said that they now have a better understanding of where these candidates stand on issues they care about. But our work isn't finished! Read more

Pro Tips for Atlanta Streets Alive

Want to rock Streets Alive like a boss? Here are some pro tips from your friends at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition!    Read more

Downtown Atlanta's Good, Not So Good, and Potentially Great Changes

The Downtown Atlanta Master Plan is hosting their final public meeting today and you'll want to see what they have in store for Downtown's Bicycle Network. First the not-so-good. They are proposing removing the Peachtree Center Avenue protected two-way bike lane. They want to replace it with dedicated lanes for buses! Our jaws dropped when we saw this slide.  Here's what could make the project list potentially great: it opens the door for high-quality bike facilities on Peachtree Street, the (bicycle) heart and hub of Atlanta. But we can't consider removing protected bike lanes on Peachtree Center Avenue without replacing them with a bikeway on Peachtree Street.  Now the good news - north-south protected bike lanes are proposed for both Piedmont and Courtland (one way on each street). These protected bike lanes will connect with Midtown's protected bike lanes on Piedmont and Juniper/Courtland. But we need you to attend the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan public meeting (also on Facebook here) and show your support for safe space for biking on Peachtree Street.  Read more

Could Marietta Street become a key bike connection?

Marietta Street is a key crosstown corridor that connects West Midtown and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as Georgia Tech, to Downtown Atlanta. The city plans to resurface the street through the Renew Atlanta bond. The question is whether the new pavement will include the bike lanes recommended in the Cycle Atlanta Plan Phase 1.0. Today, Marietta Street is flat and connective, but high speeds and lack of dedicated space for people on bikes plus subpar sidewalks make it an unsafe corridor for people who bike and walk. Without the proposed changes, this corridor will continue to attract dangerous high-speed traffic, severing neighborhoods from destinations, and stifling business. Read more

Bike Valet At All Mercedes-Benz Stadium Games!

We're proud to announce that we'll be providing bike valet service at NFL’s Atlanta Falcons games and MLS’s Atlanta United matches in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Two Wheel Valet, LLC will operate ABC’s bike valet service starting two hours prior to kick-off and ending one hour after the game.  Read more

Expanding Atlanta Streets Alive!

We’re pleased to announce that the route for Atlanta Streets Alive on September 24 is being extended south of Five Points onto Broad Street in South Downtown! Read more

Guess Who's Pedaling Away On A New Edison E-Bike?!

Congratulations Brandon! Brandon dropped by EDISON Electric Bike Co's new Kirkwood shop to get fitted and familiar with his fresh pair of electric-assisted wheels. He's ready to pedal with ease through the streets of Atlanta without breaking a sweat—and just in time for the peak of summer. All because he made a donation! Read more

Westview Bike Lane Removed?!

On Wednesday, July 12, we received a puzzling email from a member - “are the bike lanes being removed from Westview Drive???” Read more

It's Not Just A Bike Lane: Fear of Gentrification

Bike lanes are controversial. They often bring up things beyond the immediate transportation project, and lead to a conversation that’s much bigger - gentrification. And yet still,  to talk gentrification, we need to talk racism, classism, and multi-generational poverty. Read more

Edgewood and Auburn are being repaved - the wait is over!

Both Auburn and Edgewood Avenue were long overdue for repaving. Dips, gaps, and bumps marred the street surface, making it difficult and, in places, downright dangerous, for people on bikes or in wheelchairs to travel safely. All that is changing! Funded by the Renew Atlanta bond approved by voters in 2015, Edgewood and Auburn are being resurfaced and the bike lanes refreshed.  Read more