We have big plans for 2014.
For over twenty-one years, we’ve been your voice for better biking in Atlanta. And we’ve made some serious progress. But we’re just getting started.
In order for Atlanta to become a truly bicycle-friendly city, we need a Chief Bicycle Officer (CBO). A CBO will be a strong advocate working within city government day to day for the change we desire. Major changes such as bike infrastructure and programs like bike share depend on the City of Atlanta for execution.
If you look at every world-class city — Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles — every one of them has at least one full-time staff that champions bicyclists and works tirelessly to make sure the city prioritizes bicycle infrastructure, safety education, and city-wide bike share programs. Whether they’re called a “Bike Manager” or a “Bike Czar,” their job is to make it safer and easier to bicycle for fun, fitness and transportation in their cities.
For Atlanta, this means having a person to manage roll out of the new bike share program (estimated to be up and running by 2015) as well as implement the recommendations of Cycle Atlanta Phase 1.0 (with the goal of adding 31 miles of safe bikeways by 2016). He or she would also ensure we have effective education and safety programs, to encourage drivers and cyclists alike to follow the rules of the road. And this fearless leader will work with neighborhoods to get bike projects we’ve already funded designed and built on time and under budget.
And not only the city of Atlanta will benefit. As Atlanta reaps the rewards of becoming bicycle-friendly, surrounding governments will take their lead. The result? Bike lanes, cycle tracks, and all kinds of improvements on roads and bridges throughout the metro area, no matter where you live.
Let’s kick off the new year by investing in a Chief Bicycle Officer for Atlanta.
We need to raise $30,000, which we’ll use to secure private grants to fund a Chief Bicycle Officer. And here's where you can help. Our board of directors has committed to match your donations dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. That means each dollar you donate will have double the impact.
Help us raise the remaining $15,000.
2013 has been a banner year for Atlanta bicycling. Check out our 11 key accomplishments. And 2014 promises to be even better.
With the momentum we have built, 2014 promises to expand these accomplishments, with plans for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Atlanta Streets Alive events, an exciting Blinkie Awards night (save the date for this bicycle lovefest Friday, February 14, 2014), the return of the BeltLine Bike Tour, and more.
Invest in Atlanta’s future.
Please donate now and help Atlanta secure a Chief Bicycle Officer and continue our success in 2014.
Remember, your contribution in any amount before December 31 will be worth twice as much to help ABC get a big win for bikeways! And it's tax-deductible! Please be generous.