A Vote for Funding: Expectations, Past Realities, Future Need

Have you ever wanted more sidewalks, bike / Light Individual Transportation lanes, and safer streets in Atlanta?  On May 24th, you will have the opportunity to vote on three ballot measures that will put over $460M over five years toward vital transportation projects in Atlanta, as part of an overall $750M infrastructure program.  Read more

Peachtree Street for people

This week the City of Atlanta announced it would remove the Peachtree Street shared space pilot project. The three-block pilot was intended to test the benefits of converting a general traffic lane to space for people outside of cars. By most accounts, the project achieved its goals – 27% more people walking on the street and 11% fewer motor vehicles – but also attracted some powerful detractors.  Read more

First 10 speed cameras in Atlanta school zones coming soon

Updated March 2022 Every day, thousands of Atlanta children walk or bike to school in the city of Atlanta. On the way, they wave at neighbors, get exercise, chat with friends. And all too often, they face life-threatening risks from speeding drivers.  Read more

Pedestrian fatalities rise; U.S. DOT announces strategy to eliminate traffic deaths

Last fall, we alerted you to an alarming rise in pedestrian fatalities. Although we had only partial data at the time, it appeared even more people were losing their lives in needless and preventable ways on streets in Atlanta and across the state.  Now we have more information, and it’s worse than it seemed.  Read more

Congratulations to the new Atlanta Board of Education!

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition congratulates the newly-elected Board of Education for Atlanta Public Schools! Thank you for your tireless commitment to developing and supporting the next generation of leaders. Read more

Congratulations from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Atlanta’s newly-elected leadership

Congratulations from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to Atlanta’s newly-elected leadership: our 61st Mayor-elect Andre Dickens, Council President-elect Doug Shipman, and seven returning Atlanta City Councilmembers who will be joined by eight new City Councilmembers! Read more

Summerhill Bus Rapid Transit: ways to make Atlanta's first BRT route a success!

As an organization that envisions an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city, we were very pleased when MARTA launched efforts to build Bus Rapid Transit lines in Atlanta. Read more

Governor's Office of Highway Safety Awards Grant to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce it has received a $68,576.59 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).The grant, which will continue through September 2022, will support efforts to reduce bicycle crashes and injuries. Read more

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition extends condolences for family and friends of 11-year-old boy killed while trick-or-treating on Halloween

Atlanta woke up to tragic news today. Devonne "DJ" Malique David, an 11-year-old boy, was hit and killed while trick-or-treating in SE Atlanta.  We’re incredibly saddened for the family, friends, and community of this child, the latest victim of traffic violence in Atlanta. If you'd like to support the family during this impossible time, there's a GoFundMe to cover the funeral expenses and provide assistance. Read more

Atlanta “jaywalking” citations show stark racial disparities; no measurable impact on pedestrian safety

By May of 2021, the number of people killed by drivers while walking or using wheelchairs in the City of Atlanta had already surpassed that for all of 2020, according to data provided by the Atlanta Police Department.  Of the 17 pedestrian fatalities, 15 people were Black and 13 were men — nationally,  trends show pedestrian fatalities are rising fastest among Black men. Those killed ranged in age from 17 to 70 years old. And, each person was found “at fault” in their own death. That caught our attention. Documented dangerous street conditions in Atlanta and across the U.S. keep killing people, especially in Black and immigrant communities where high-speed, high-injury streets are concentrated. Additionally, the people tasked with enforcing Georgia’s crosswalk laws often don’t understand them. Most of the people killed were cited for crossing outside of a crosswalk, even when they were crossing at an unmarked, but legal crosswalk (see explanation of Georgia pedestrian laws). We have to make it safe enough to walk or use a wheelchair in Atlanta! That’s why we need your help to advocate for funding sidewalks and safe crossings at both the city and state levels. Better infrastructure is the proven key to supporting and protecting people who walk, use wheelchairs, bike, scoot, and use transit. Photo by Ono Kosuki via Pexels.com Read more

U.S. National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge Stage 2 Grant Awarded to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Georgia Tech, and MARTA

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the Georgia Tech Research Corporation a $1 million Stage 2 Civic Innovation Challenge grant to pilot an On-Demand Multimodal Transit System Solution (ODMTS) in Atlanta. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and MARTA are joining Georgia Tech as sub-grantees and partners on this exciting initiative. The ODMTS system aims to bring equitable and affordable transportation to all Atlanta residents, especially to those residing in underserved communities. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is excited to partner directly with the research team in ensuring the effective implementation of this new transit solution.  Read more

Update: Atlanta Streets Alive legislation held pending stakeholder input

Since legislation to launch a new era of Atlanta Streets Alive was introduced two weeks ago, it’s been the talk of the town. With your support, we delivered over 2,000 emails to City Council members urging them to turn a car-free Peachtree Street every Sunday (an 11-year vision) into a reality. Based on the response, many Atlantans are willing and ready to create a whole new healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city street experience. However, we need to allow time for everyone who would be affected by this major transition to work together to make it happen in a way that benefits everyone. Therefore, the legislation will be held in committee to allow time for stakeholder outreach and collaboration. Read more

We need your help to launch the next era of Atlanta Streets Alive: tell our Councilmembers we want a car-free Peachtree Street every Sunday!

Atlanta City Council is considering legislation that would launch the next era of Atlanta Streets Alive: tell our Councilmembers we want a car-free Peachtree Street every Sunday!  Read more

Next TSPLOST should focus on sidewalks, safe streets

One of our 2021 policy recommendations is to adopt a new TSPLOST with a focus on sidewalks. This week the Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee will consider authorizing legislation. Read more

Finally, DeKalb Ave Phase 1: reviewing the design and looking ahead

Wave goodbye to the reversible lane and pothole-riddled pavement that represent DeKalb Ave today, because the street is finally getting some love. Along with new pavement comes a redesign.  Photo: current conditions on DeKalb Ave, pre-redesign and construction. While the newly designed street won’t include everything that residents, neighborhood organizations, active transportation commuters, or elected officials wanted, it should enhance the safety and well-being of people living on DeKalb Ave as well as those who use it to commute or visit its small businesses.  Read more

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