The Gym Vs. The Great Outdoors

While thousands flock to the gyms to fulfill their New Years resolutions, we thought we'd bring some humor into it. Now, don't get us wrong---whatever gets you active is worth doing! If a gym provides the accountability or social interactions needed to get your heart rate up, then it's totally worth joining! On the other hand, if you're feeling guilty for not rushing to the cross-fit gym, or if you just despise indoor exercise (yes, I do too), then click the pictures and enjoy a little humor with us.  Read more

DeKalb Avenue Is Broken

DeKalb Avenue is broken. You don’t have nicknames like “the suicide lane,” on streets that work for people. It needs to be fixed so it will be safe for everyone. Efficiency seems to be at the heart of Bill Torpy's argument against making DeKalb Avenue safe for people to walk and bike (“A bike lane on DeKalb Avenue? How?” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 19), so I’ll get right to the point: DeKalb Avenue today is “efficient” only if you define efficiency as speeding. Read more

Pro Bike - Pro Walk - Pro Place

It is extremely impressive how Vancouver has advocated to become a livable City through many factions - citizen, non-profit and municipal, while taking a 360 degree approach to tackle challenges. While attending the Pro Bike Pro Walk Pro Place conference this past September, I had the opportunity to personally see the fruit of this arduous labor by riding an Amtrak bus through the suburbs, walking the City core, biking along the Seawall, riding the mass transit, and taking my very first sea bus. It was a hilly terrain, crowded with many modes hustling and bustling in a rapidly growing city, but due to increased enforcement, it was an awesomely pleasant experience as a tourist.  Read more

Make an impact on the 2017 City Elections!

  You and I know that riding a bicycle is a clean and healthy way to get to work and around town, a fun way to connect with your community and your neighbors, and, for many of us, a source of limitless empowerment. But sometimes people need a little nudge and a whole lot of bike infrastructure to feel safe and comfortable on a bike.  That's why we advocate for critical bike infrastructure funding for bike lanes, lead award-winning initiatives like Atlanta Streets Alive and provide free bike classes for all skill levels.We know we can change people's minds by getting them on a bike and, in the process, transform Atlanta. Read more

VeloCity Awards Go To...

Our society doesn't spend a lot of time recognizing steps in the right direction. While we're waiting for a system overhaul, people are working diligently to do their part. At the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, we recognize that change is often incremental, and we want to be intentional about recognizing those who work in their lane to make biking safer and more accessible.  This intention led us to create the VeloCity Awards which we gave out at our Fall Fundraiser on November 17th. For those who couldn't make it, we wanted to share with you and pass along the torch of recognition.  Read more

Project Glow Lights Up The City

On November 4th, over 40 ABC members joined the first ever, Project Glow. Members convened at Woodruff Park, and then divided into four groups. With fearless ride leaders and sweeps, they set out to ride roughly 8 miles each, and pass out lights to riders they saw riding without them. Along their ride, they also stopped at nonprofits to deliver lights that case managers and staff had requested. At Lutheran Services, staff joyfully received lights that will go to newly arrived refugees who ride bikes for transportation. At Atlanta Mission, Mercy Community Church, and Gateway, light sets went to individuals facing housing insecurity. Read more

Clips Hits It Out Of The Park

New Belgium’s Clips Beer and Film Tour partnered with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and returned to Atlanta on Friday, October 14, to the enjoyment of many ATLiens. The free event offered inspirational short films, small-batch brews and food for sale, and lit up the night with custom marquee signs and on-screen delights.  Read more

Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 reasons you should be an ABC member in case you need some encouragement.    Read more

Bikeways and affordable housing: making the connection

Last week’s resignation of Ryan Gravel and Nathaniel Smith from the BeltLine fundraising board focused a spotlight on equity concerns, affordable housing, gentrification and displacement related to the BeltLine.  We’re not housing experts, of course. Our focus at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is on making biking safe, equitable, and appealing as a key aspect of making Atlanta a better, more accessible, more livable place for everyone. If people can't afford to live within biking distance of where they want or need to go, we won’t  succeed, no matter how many great bike lanes and trails we successfully advocate to build. Image by By Onehiroki - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38212209 Read more

Honoring Dennis

ABC co-founder and longtime Executive Director died July 15 of complications from a brain tumor. He was remembered fondly at a well-attended memorial at Southface, another Atlanta organization where he made a big impact.  On my way to the service, I biked down the short stretch of bike lane on Peachtree Street and was reminded of a black and white photo in our office depicting Dennis biking down Peachtree Street. In the photo he's leading a advocacy ride and carrying a sign reading "Bike Lanes Now!" Getting the bike lane on Peachtree Street had been a goal of ABC since the early days, both for its utility and the statement it makes.  Why not honor Dennis by naming the first section of bike lane on Peachtree Street after him? Read more

Ride With A3C

Hip hop hooray! Bike tours and hip hop are coming to Atlanta this October! Read more

Why your membership matters

In 2006, Bicycling magazine named Atlanta the worst city for cyclists. The world's premiere cycling magazine cited "growing car use" and "declining facilities for cyclists" as major reasons for Atlanta's poor showing. Read more

Trees Ahead!

This painted sign is starting to appear on more streets in Atlanta. Signs like these are symbolic reminders of more complete traffic laws, but when I see a sharrow, I choose to interpret it as “Trees Ahead!” Seriously. Isn’t the icon really showing a tree canopy shading the biker’s way? Amirite? Read more

What I Learned at Bike School

Traffic Skills 101? Bikeshare 101? What are all these classes being offered to bike riders? If you’ve been riding a bike for years, would you really benefit from them? What could there possibly be left to learn? Or if you’re new to bike riding (or bike riding in a city), would these classes help you move beyond the Eastside Trail? Read more

Heather Goes To The Open Streets Summit

At the end of August, I (Events Coordinator for ABC) had the privilege of attending the International Open Streets Summit in Portland, Oregon. When I would tell a friend where and why I was going out of town for the week they all responded quickly, "Of course that conference would be in Portland." I was always quick to point out that Atlanta was the host city at last years summit, but I get what they meant. After all, Portland is known for being quite the bike-friendly city--it has a ton of great bike infrastructure, a bridge dedicated to transit, biking and walking (no cars!), a brand new bike share system, a progressive DOT and Mayor, and 7.2% of commuters go by bike. The Opening Plenary included Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Mayor Charlie Hales (City of Portland), both long-time bike advocates. It was amazing to hear from both of them, as well as several Portland Bureau of Transportation employees and other Portland residents. Read more

Mobility Concierge Gets You Around Midtown: Kip Dunlap

We were overjoyed to learn that Kip Dunlap, ABC Member since 2013, would be Colony Square's new Mobility Concierge. Colony Square announced the position in January 2016 to "work with tenants, guests and the greater Midtown community to identify customized transportation and mobility solutions and incentivize their use." Colony Square is located at the intersection of 14th and Peachtree Street. “We’re dedicated to bridging the mobility gap,” said Mark Toro, managing partner of North American Properties (NAP). “We will strive to encourage and accommodate the entire community in finding commuter solutions because mobility is the answer to how Atlanta will continue to grow and recruit the best and the brightest.” We wanted to learn more about this innovative new approach to encourage people to expand their mobility options in Midtown, so we asked Kip a few questions about his new role.  Read more

Welcome Atlanta Bike Share Early Adopters

Just this summer, ten bike stations sprouted in downtown. A few virtual hubs were planted throughout the city as well. The stations are equipped with comfortable cruising bikes with three gears, lights, and a basket to carry your work stuff or your groceries (not your significant other). We at ABC, with support from PICH, have some free classes running over the next five weeks. The first one is Saturday, August 27th from 10:00 – 12:00.  We are gathering at Hardy Ivy Park. Be sure to rsvp here! Read more

ABC Business & Bikes Hits Peachtree Street

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Peachtree Street on August 19th as part of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Business and Bikes! Read more

Ouch

Our ride home Saturday night started out like any other. Unlock, put on helmet, turn on lights, ride out. We were on a rare date night and took advantage of the opportunity to try out a new restaurant without the kids. It was lovely, the night was warm, and as we rode over the Jackson Street bridge, the crowd taking selfies brought a smile to our faces.  The good times came to a grinding halt where the bike lane ends in front of Camden Apartments. It all happened so fast. A sporty silver car with dark windows turned -- right into my front wheel. As I simultaneously slammed on the brakes and tried to execute the emergency quick turn (thanks for teaching me that, Jamie) I cried out involuntarily, one thought on my mind: I'm going to fall.  Read more

Transportation Improvements (TSPLOST) 2016 project list includes lots of good things for bikes

The Atlanta City Council approved the TSPLOST (transportation sales tax) project list Monday, July 18 with significant funding for bike projects, complete streets, and multi-use trails...not to mention $3 Million for phase 2 of Atlanta's bike share! Next the list goes to the Fulton County Commission for approval before voters weigh on the referendum on the 0.4% sales tax increase this fall. Voters will also see a 0.5% sales tax increase to fund MARTA expansion. More details below. Read more

ABC co-founder Dennis Hoffarth passes

Dennis Hoffarth, a co-founder, President, and Executive Director of the then-Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, passed last Friday from complications from a brain tumor. He was instrumental to a number of environmental groups, including Southface Energy Institute. Read more for a few of his many contributions to the cause of better biking in Atlanta. Read more

Teen Bikes To School For Entire Year

We're so impressed! Tait Rosbottom, a 15 year old, rising sophomore at Maynard Jackson High School has biked to school EVER SINGLE DAY this year! Rain or shine, everyday. Not only is he an inspiration to bike commuters, especially those who have other transportation options (aka temptations) on rainy days, Tait is an inspiration to those desiring to live healthy, sustainable lives.  Read more

Why I support the city's re-org of Planning & Community Development

Image from Planning Atlanta - A New City in the Making 1930s - 1990s - City Planning Maps from GSU Digital Collections Office of Neighborhoods? Transportation planning with a focus on transit? A Main Street program for the city of Atlanta? Design studios that go to where the people are? This is no planning utopia, but elements of a bold plan introduced by Commissioner Tim Keane to reorganize The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development.  I'm a big fan of this plan because I believe it will expand the city's capacity to take a bigger leadership role in designing the city for all. Specific to biking, neighborhood level planning, transit, and main streets that recognize the increasing role of high quality bike lanes that support local businesses all have great potential. Read more after the jump, and find out how you can support this progressive move.  Read more

Insider Tips for Sunday's Atlanta Streets Alive

Want the inside scoop on Atlanta Streets Alive? With so many things to see and do, our staff wanted to give you some insider tips. Read more

Bike to Work the Easy Way

Think Bike to Work Day (which is May 20 this year) is just for hardcore cyclists logging 20 miles each way to corporate offices? Think again. One look around and you’ll see that’s just a small number of the folks (including maybe even you, without realizing it) who are already biking to work each and every day. Read more

Bike Month Happenings

May is National Bike Month and lots of events are happening! Check out some of the local events below!   Read more

Atlanta Streets Alive Goes Crosstown

*A experiential testimony from Melinda, the blogger who writes Life on Wessyngton Road. Last Sunday [April 17] was the first Atlanta Streets Alive event of 2016. Atlanta Streets Alive is an open streets event sponsored by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. If you've never been to an open streets event, you've missed out on a potentially transformative experience. Read more

Ride Your Bike in the Street for Once (or Rather, 4 Times!) at Atlanta Streets Alive This Year

Have you gotten wind of the four dates for Atlanta Streets Alive this year, the first of which is this upcoming Sunday? Have you perhaps even put the dates on your calendar and thought about finally, finally, getting the wind in your hair out there smack in the middle of the street? But now that the date is almost here, maybe you have a few questions about what to expect, how to get there (especially if it’s in a part of town you don’t know that well), and if it’s good for those of us who consider ourselves bike riders rather than cyclists.  Read more

Engaging Communities Through Placemaking at Atlanta Streets Alive

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." – Jane Jacobs    Read more

3 Ways to Go Green on St. Patty’s Day (and Every Day) in Atlanta

If you’re an everyday errand-running bike rider like me, you don’t want to rely on the Luck of the Irish (on St. Patty’s Day or any day) to feel safe out there on the streets. In fact, concern about safety may be keeping you from riding your bike as often as you would like or going where you want to go on it. Read more

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