Rebecca Serna

  • Rapid Response Required by City for Safe Streets

    We are experiencing a breaking point in Atlanta’s mobility landscape. With the rise of shared mobility devices including e-bikes and scooters,  almost weekly we are reminded that streets built to prioritize cars aren’t sufficient for present-day Atlanta. People are dying. The narrative of putting the onus on the victims or people that choose to use these devices for last-mile connectivity—or even for fun—unfairly removes the responsibility from the people with the power to enact immediate solutions.

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  • signed Howell Mill Road 2019-06-12 20:08:57 -0400

    Update: the Howell Mill complete street project made it onto the City Council approved list for Renew/TSPLOST funding! We'll celebrate at the kickoff to Atlanta Streets Alive Cross-City on Sunday, June 9th. 


     

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    Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street are the primary roadways for what was once a heavy industrial meat-packing district on the Westside. Now, development, density, and desirable destinations have exploded in the area and exposed the need for a safer and more accessible way to connect this critical north-south corridor to the rest of the city. Marietta Street bike lanes were added in December 2018. The Howell Mill Complete Street remained in the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST prioritization process in early 2019.

    Now the City needs to build the Howell Mill Complete Street.

    Howell Mill Road is a key north-south corridor that connects the Upper Westside, Georgia Tech and Downtown Atlanta. Howell Mill Road, between Collier Road and W. Marietta Street, is set to become a Complete Street through the Renew Atlanta bond, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2015.

    After a well-received public meeting on October 26, 2016, which covered the main elements of the Complete Street project, the project has remained dormant. What we see on Howell Mill Road is a street that hasn't kept up with development, density, and vision of a corridor that prioritizes the needs of people who bike, walk, and drive.

    Ultimately, the success of this north-south corridor depends on the successful implementation of the Howell Mill Road Complete Street project, which in turn connects to the DeKalb Avenue Complete Street project.

    Failing to create a safe, direct bicycle connection between Marietta and Howell Mill Road violates the recommendations made in the Cycle Atlanta Plan Phase 1.0.

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  • signed Cascade Road/Avenue 2019-03-06 15:22:32 -0500

    Cascade Road, Cascade Avenue, and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard are three sections of one critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.

    Two of the three sections, Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, are part of the High-Injury Network and ranked among the most dangerous roads in the city of Atlanta. The third section -- connecting these two High Injury streets -- is Cascade Avenue.

    On January 19, 2019, David Gordon, a 52-year-old beloved longtime resident of Cascade Ave, was struck and killed by a driver while crossing Cascade Ave. He was in a crosswalk. The collision happened less than a quarter-mile mile from where the street name changes to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

    A “Complete Street” project was proposed in 2016 to address the hazardous conditions on Cascade Avenue where David lost his life, but Renew Atlanta cut the funding because of budget shortfalls.

    Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, in March 2019 Cascade Road in District 11 was funded to become a Complete Street. Complete Streets are roads with safe spaces for people in all modes of transportation, whether they are walking, biking or scooting, and driving. The Cascade Road project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking and driving. A section of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Westview was funded as well and completed in 2018. 

    The Cascade Avenue section of the corridor received design-only funding for the Complete Street and a budget to resurface the road. Resurfacing this section of Cascade Avenue allows for some minimal safety improvements, such as narrowing lanes and repainting existing crosswalks. What it doesn’t pay for are things like Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (essentially a red light to protect people using crosswalks), medians, and sidewalks.

    Join communities along Cascade Ave in calling on the City of Atlanta to create a safer Cascade through the funded resurfacing project. 

    303 signatures

    On the crash heat map below, the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard is marked by glowing red and yellow embers, meaning many people walking have been hit by cars at this crossing. 

     

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  • signed Pledge for Safe Streets 2019-02-21 16:01:38 -0500

    Take the Safe Streets Pledge

    As more Atlantans looks for ways to opt-out of traffic, get active, and strengthen community connections, the lack of safe streets for people walking, biking, using wheelchairs, scooting, or waiting for the bus is unavoidable -- and unacceptable.

    From 2014 to 2016, 75 people died and 872 were severely injured in car collisions on Atlanta’s streets. These were crashes involving people driving, biking, and walking.

    Most of the severe injuries and fatal crashes occurred on just a handful of city streets -- what's known as the “High-­Injury Network”. In fact, less than 8% of streets in the City of Atlanta account for 88% of traffic fatalities. Read more on why we can't ignore Atlanta's High Injury Network.

    We believe no one should die during their commute or using the Atlanta roads. 

    We can do something about traffic deaths. Cities across the world have adopted Vision Zero policies aimed at eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Cities are also investing in transportation systems and infrastructure that provide Safe Streets for All, by reducing motor vehicle speeds to safe levels and providing safe spaces for all different ways of getting around. 

    1,376 pledges

    Join us as we call on the City of Atlanta to:

    1. Officially adopt a Vision Zero program that puts safety and equity first 
    2. Fund and build safe streets for all through approved plans including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' Action Plan for Safer Streets
    3. Prioritize the High-Injury Network streets for safety interventions

    Sign the pledge to say YES to funding, building, and creating safe streets for all.

    Goal: 1,000+ signatures

    Update: We've delivered over 1,000 signatures to Mayor Bottoms! Yours will help us demonstrate the growing demand for Safe Streets.

    (Note that we request your address because we need to show that there is broad, citywide support for safe and Complete Streets. We do not share your information with anyone.)

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  • published Donate 2019-01-09 20:03:12 -0500

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    Thank you for supporting our advocacy work for safe streets and better conditions for biking. Your donation comes with a one-year Atlanta Bicycle Coalition membership +

    • $50+ Donors receive a 2nd membership card for a family member
    • $125+ provides helmets for kids at one Shifting Gears school. Donors receive an Expect Bikes t-shirt
    • $250+ pays for one free bike education class. Donors receive an Expect Bikes hoodie
    • $1,000 and above - donations at these levels make our advocacy work for safe streets possible! Donors at this level will be invited to join our new Momentum Makers giving circle. Momentum Makers are the first to hear breaking news, with communications from our Executive Director. Momentum Makers are also invited to an annual celebration connecting them with decision-makers and other Momentum Makers, 2 complimentary tickets to our annual Fall Fundraiser, and an Expect Bikes hoodie.

    We envision an Atlanta where biking is completely integrated into the daily life, culture, and infrastructure, and where safe streets are a reality for all, not just a few. 

    With your contribution, you support this vision as we transform Atlanta into a livable, accessible city by making biking equitable, safe, and appealing. 

    You can also donate by checks made out to The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: 889 Wylie Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. 


    Will you donate today to make Atlanta better -- by bike? 

    Click here for our annual priorities.

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  • donated 2017-06-11 20:55:28 -0400

    Donate to our Rainy Day Fund!

    $4,798.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00

    Please donate to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Rainy Day Fund. All donors will receive an Atlanta Bicycle Coalition membership (or a one-year extension from the date of donation on a current membership). Donate $250 or more to score a coveted Atlanta Bicycle Coalition hoodie.

    Many thanks to ABC Business Member EDISON Electric Bike Co. for donating one of their bicycles for our Rainy Day Fund drive. Donors who contributed any time during the Atlanta Cycling Festival—Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, June 17—are entered for a chance to win an EDISON electric bike! The winner will be selected at random once the donation drive goal is reached.


    What's a Rainy Day Fund

    Photo: Adults and kids on bicycles @ Atlanta Streets Alive - Southside 2017

    In April, stormy weather called for an early ending to the Atlanta Streets Alive Southside route. While an impressive number of Atlantans braved the downpours to show support for our open streets initiative, we weren't able to gather the memberships and donations during the event that we count on to fund our work.

    Your contribution today can keep us on track as we pedal hard toward accomplishing our 2017 priorities. Will you help us reach our $5,000 goal by donating to our Rainy Day Fund?

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  • published Shop: I Bike ATL & Logo Tees in Shop 2018-11-02 17:23:03 -0400

  • donated 2014-12-16 10:44:41 -0500

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    Here are just a few of the initiatives you make possible when you make a gift to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition:

    • $25 equips eight bicyclists with blinkie lights
    • $60 protects an intersection for 2 hours during Atlanta Streets Alive 
    • *$125 funds a week of community outreach to build our coalition of partners, plus you receive a t-shirt!
    • *$250 funds one bike class, plus you receive an ABC hoodie!
    • $1,000 fuels critical advocacy hours, including a full-time bike advocate working for you!

    Your contribution in any amount will be put to good use. Thank you for your support!

    (You will have an option to apply your donation to an ABC membership if you're not already a member.) 

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  • donated 2014-12-12 13:02:25 -0500

    Your membership makes it possible for us to advocate for safer streets, policies, and infrastructure at City Hall like the new City of Atlanta Department of Transportation, lead community-building events like Atlanta Streets Alive, our award-winning open streets initiative, and provide free bike education and safety classes!

    Benefits of being a member

    • $50+ Donors receive a 2nd membership card for a family member
    • $125+ provides helmets for kids at one Shifting Gears school. Donors receive an Expect Bikes t-shirt
    • $250+ pays for one free bike education class. Donors receive an Expect Bikes hoodie
    • $1,000 and above - donations at these levels make our advocacy work for safe streets possible! Donors at this level will be invited to join our new Momentum Makers giving circle. Momentum Makers are the first to hear breaking news, with communications from our Executive Director. Momentum Makers are also invited to an annual celebration connecting them with decision-makers and other Momentum Makers, 2 complimentary tickets to our annual Fall Fundraiser, and an Expect Bikes hoodie.

    All members receive

    • Ticket to our Annual Blinkie Awards
    • Discounts at local bike shops and other businesses

    You can also make your membership donation by check!  Make checks payable to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and mail them to 

    889 Wylie Street SE
    Atlanta, GA 30316
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  • published Neighborhood Engagement in Get involved 2014-04-01 15:54:03 -0400

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    ADOPT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, NPU, COUNCILMEMBER

    In a city of neighborhoods, one key to progress is for neighborhoods to become more bikeable. And with the city funding in place to build more bike projects, joining your neighborhood association might be the best way to help that happen!  Attend meetings, voice support for bike projects, and you'll benefit both your community, and biking in general. You can also ask if there's a transportation committee and join if so - many recommendations made at the committee level get approved by the neighborhood association. 

    Neighborhood Planning Units, also known as NPUs, are another good way to get involved. The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five NPUs -- "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues.  It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government."

    Finally, because many of our calls to action involve contacting an Atlanta city councilmember, get to know yours ahead of time! Click here to find your representative on the Atlanta City Council. 

     


  • signed up for blogger 2014-03-26 12:34:34 -0400

    Volunteer

    Volunteers make our wheels turn! We'd love to have your help with our work. View, select and sign up for any of our available opportunities here.

    Opportunities are ongoing and provide an insider experience of how the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is making Atlanta better by bike. As a volunteer, you could support a specific project, help with clerical tasks like data entry and database management in the office, assist with event preparations, and other essential tasks. 

    Plus, several times a year, volunteers support Atlanta Streets Alive, connecting neighborhoods and opening streets for walking, biking and playing. Your help creates a healthy, sustainable and vibrant street experience for each route. Click here for Atlanta Streets Alive volunteer opportunities.


    For more about our volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer@AtlantaBike.org.

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