Atlanta's most popular bike lane needs you

Are you one of the 2,700 daily riders on the 10th Street protected bike lane who have been affected by the latest festival-related lane closure or the missing flex posts? The recent bike lane and sidewalk closures on 10th Street raise serious questions about how we prioritize and define transportation -- especially when it comes to Atlanta's most popular bike lane. Read more

Catching Up with the City of Atlanta's New Chief Bicycle Officer

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition catches up with Cary Bearn, the new City of Atlanta Chief Bicycle Officer, to find out what she has planned for Atlanta’s bicycle network. Read more

Peachtree Street for a New Era

How do you design Peachtree Street for a new era? The answer's in the street - its past, present, and future. You can be part of the next chapter of our most iconic street when you visit Atlanta City Design's Shared Street Pilot at the Atlanta Streets Alive - Central on Sunday, September 30th. Through this pilot, we want you to experience a street that's a destination worth traveling to, not just driving through. Read more

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