2016 National Bike Summit Takeaways

The National Bike Summit & Womens Forum, the biggest national bike conference, brought together hundreds of bicycle advocates in DC to share best practices, policy ventures, and encouragement of local and federal initiatives. ABC sent four staff (Rebecca, Haydée, Heather, and Jordyne) who attended a total of 23 sessions, and visited the offices of two Senators and five Representatives on Capitol Hill. While we absorbed too much knowledge to share it all here, these are our biggest takeaways... Read more

Benchmark Report Shows Increase In Biking

New National Report Ranks Atlanta on Biking and Walking Read more

The 2016 Blinkie Awards Highlight Shining Stars

The 2016 Blinkies were a success! Check out our winners... Read more

Monroe & 10th Updates

Last week was a sad one. Following a tragic crash on Monroe Drive, we called for safety improvements at the intersection of Monroe & 10th. Many of you took part, and we appreciate your involvement. This is just the beginning of a push for safer speeds, crossings, and people-oriented streets. Last week Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Council members pledged to accelerate the Monroe Drive safety overhaul and complete street project. Read more for details. Read more

And the Blinkie Award for Bike-Friendly Neighborhood goes to...

And our Blinkie Award for Bike-Friendly Neighborhood goes to... Read more

And the Blinkie Award for Local Bike Shop goes to...

And the Blinkie Award for Local Bike Shop goes to... Read more

And the Blinkie Award for Local Bike Initiative goes to...

And the Blinkie Award for Local Bike Initiative goes to... Read more

And the Blinkie Award for Bike-Friendly Business goes to...

And the Blinkie Award for Bike-Friendly Business goes to... Read more

Teamwork, collaboration, and partnerships are a big part of how we operate at ABC. Our small staff makes our efforts go further by working with volunteers, community members, and other organizations. That's part of why we're so excited to announce our two latest hires - Communications & Outreach Manager Jordyne Krumroy and Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator Haydée Santana! Both women bring a passion for outreach and engagement to ABC, along with great experience and connections. What's more, they've both volunteered and worked with us in other roles in the past - Haydée with bike valet and volunteers, Jordyne with bike tours and classes, and so they already know us and are familiar with the Atlanta bicycle advocacy scene. Please help us welcome them to our full-time staff!  Read more

The Blinkies are back!

Happy birthday to better biking! 2016 is the 25th anniversary of your Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. We'll be celebrating this milestone all year, starting with our annual Blinkie Awards & Member Party. Read more

Interview with Dantes Rameau of the Atlanta Music Project

Dantes Rameau lives in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of SW Atlanta and runs the Atlanta Music Project, a nonprofit that provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth in Atlanta. Read on for our interview with Dantes, and his take on "human scaled transportation." Read more

Peachtree Road Response

This afternoon, the Georgia Department of Transportation called to let us know about the decision not to include bike lanes when they restripe a 1.4-mile stretch of Peachtree Road. We were disappointed, of course, but we are heartened that these GDOT traffic engineers proposed the bike lanes to begin with. In cities across the country, bike lanes are becoming standard in new roadway designs; traffic engineers understand the importance of making streets safer for all users. Given the well-documented traffic nightmares on Peachtree Road, change was certainly needed, and we’re happy that the new plans will include a center turn lane, which will improve traffic flow and make the road easier to navigate in any vehicle. However, it’s a shame that the safest street design--one that would have included bike lanes--is not the one that will move forward. Read more

Let’s Kill the “Cycletrack”

“Cycletrack? Isn’t that the thing that bikers race on?” a friend asked me recently, swirling her fingers in the air to indicate the circular track she imagined bicycles speeding around. And it’s reasonable that after hearing the term “cycletrack,” her mind would jump to spandex-clad racers sweating over their handlebars, much as she would imagine runners sprinting around race tracks and horses galloping around horse tracks. Read more

Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Update

Atlanta voters overwhelmingly supported the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond in a special election on March 17, 2015. Renew Atlanta allocated 13.2% of the bond, or more than $33 million, for complete streets projects. This marked a big win for building safer streets throughout the City of Atlanta! Last week the Technical Advisory Committee met for the first time - check out the progress made so far! Read more

Clarkston hosts its first open streets event

Earlier this year, the City of Clarkston and the Clarkston Community Center were presented with an opportunity. With a grant in hand to enhance awareness of bicycling and bike safety, they wanted to try to reach more people than just a bike class could. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition encouraged Clarkston to try an open streets initiative, to give residents and supporters the chance to experience biking and walking on streets where they might normally feel unsafe outside of a car, while building community and having fun together. ABC agreed to provided some guidance on planning, and assistance with marketing and design as partners, but the real stars were the Clarkston community members and leaders! Thus Clarkston Streets Alive was born. Several short months later, despite heavy rain and temperatures in the 40s, Clarkston Streets Alive carried on as planned on Sunday, November 8th. Nothing could stop the City of Clarkston and the Clarkston Community Center from hosting their first open streets event.  A bike parade kicked things off, with community organizations set up near the Clarkston Community Center, on N. Indian Creek Drive. People were able to walk, bike, and play on the 1.2 mile route. There were a variety of activity partners present - MARTA brought out a bus so people could test out how to load a bike on the front rack, Refuge Coffee Co. served up very welcome warm drinks, and Atlanta Contact Point provided unicycling lessons to the curious. All in all, it was a great Open Streets event (despite some not-so-cooperative-weather) and we at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition were delighted to see another community embrace the open streets concept. Read more

Interested Atlanta and Buckhead residents pack the house for GDOT Peachtree Road Meeting

                    After months of negative media attention on the GDOT Peachtree Road project that would add a combine two lanes to make a center turn lane and add bike lanes with the remaining space, both sides of the issue were represented at last night's heavily attended GDOT Peachtree Road meeting at the Shepherd Center. Read more

Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Peachtree Street in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta

More than 61,000 people flocked to Atlanta Streets Alive on Peachtree Street from Downtown to Midtown on bikes, skates, feet, wheelchairs, and more to spend time with friends, family, and neighbors. Read more

5 Things We Love About Atlanta Streets Alive Peachtree

Our final Atlanta Streets Alive of the year is this weekend on Sunday, October 25th, from 2-6 p.m. on Peachtree Street. Peachtree is Atlanta's iconic street, and we'd love for it to become a model street for biking and walking in Atlanta. For four hours, Peachtree Street will accomplish just that. Read more

Why Your ABC Membership Matters

Maybe you’ve seen new bicycle infrastructure pop up around the city in the last five years. You may have heard about Atlanta's first Chief Bicycle Officer. You may have even felt like Atlanta’s become more bike-friendly and a better place to ride your bicycle with friends and family. Heck, your bike commute to work might be a little easier – despite the massive truck blocking the new bike lane! Who makes this all possible? Read more

First class of students graduates from Advocacy Bootcamp

The word boot camp is usually associated with pain, sweat and maybe some tears. Our Advocacy Bootcamp may not be quite so intense, but the results are just as great. Read more

Atlanta Streets Alive opens the streets

Over 100,000 people flocked to Highland Ave., North Ave., Boulevard, and North Highland to walk, bike, and play in the streets Sunday!  Read more

City of Atlanta Hires New Chief Bicycle Officer

The City of Atlanta has hired its new Chief Bicycle Officer, and if you’re active in the Atlanta bicycle community, you may already know her. Read more

Peachtree Road - let's keep connecting the city

The Buckhead CID and Georgia Department of Transportation's Peachtree Road project started as a safety initiative to reduce crashes - mainly car crashes. It proposed taking advantage of a repaving opportunity to convert Peachtree Road from a 6 lane free-for-all into 5 organized lanes with two-way left turn lanes.  But the brouhaha in Buckhead over bike lanes has overshadowed the safety benefits of the project.  Bike lanes on Peachtree Road would connect with the BeltLine and form an important link in our city's bike network. Please attend the public meeting on the future of Peachtree Thursday, October 29 from 5-7pm at the Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road. Read more to find out about the project's background and how you can get involved.   Read more

6 must-do activities at Atlanta Streets Alive Highland+!

Repeat after us, Atlanta Streets Alive is not a festival. It is not a bike event. Atlanta Streets Alive is so much more. Read more

Advocacy Roundup: Week of Sept. 14-18

From Ormewood Park to Buckhead, last week was a busy week on the advocacy front. Here's a breakdown of what happened. Read more

What to Know for Atlanta Streets Alive Highland+

 Where will you be in 9 days? If you're not at Atlanta Streets Alive Highland+, you're missing a chance to witness the transformative effects of open streets on the community.  Read more

Atlanta City Council members and key city staff attend Chicago Study Tour with ABC and PeopleForBikes

Image credit Chicago Community Loan Fund Last week, five Atlanta City Councilmembers, Commissioners of the Department of Planning and Community Development and Public Works, key city staff including the Mayor's Office, and several Atlanta Bicycle Coalition board members and staff attended a study tour of Chicago. Sponsored by PeopleForBikes, the tour was coordinated by ABC, the City of Atlanta, and the Chicago Department of Transportation.   Read more

Business and Bikes is a Success!

On Friday, August 14, 170 local residents biked to Peachtree Street between 8th and 10th Streets in Midtown Atlanta as part of the first ever Business and Bikes. Read more

Bike repair kiosks coming to MARTA stations

Soon people on bikes will be able to make routine bicycle repairs at select MARTA rail stations across the system. MARTA is installing seven self-service, Dero bicycle repair kiosks equipped with the necessary tools for routine bike maintenance and repair, from tightening handlebars to pumping a flat tire. Read more