Huzzah! Meet our 2024 Blinkie Award winners

On Wednesday, May 1, Propel ATL will meet and celebrate with the people working to make Atlanta a better city to bike, walk, take transit, run — and use wheelchairs, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, and more at its annual Blinkie Awards, held from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Eastern. An opportunity to celebrate our community's successes and hard work, this year’s awards will be hosted by Atlanta’s own Mark Kendall, a comedian with his finger on the pulse of the city. We? Are so excited. Awards this year go to elected officials, residents, and organizations making a difference in metro Atlanta. Read more

A tale of two pedestrians…and now, a third

Two Atlantans were recently killed while walking, within a week of each other. Each loss was tragic and unnecessary. One, you’ve likely heard of through media coverage raising the important question of safer street design for pedestrian safety. The other person was victim-blamed with the headline “Pedestrian dies after walking in front of car,” despite a lack of witnesses.  What they had in common: streets designed to prioritize car traffic, not people.  Addendum: And now a third unnecessary death has been added to that list. That’s three too many. Read more

Years of advocacy pay off with Atlanta’s release of Action Plan for Vision Zero

This week, the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) released its Action Plan for Vision Zero, a roadmap for ending traffic fatalities in our city. This is a success worth celebrating and a direct result of years of campaigning by Propel ATL to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. We’ve seen the damage and life-altering outcomes crashes inflict. Many of us have been affected personally or lost someone we loved to traffic violence. And that’s why this is a milestone worth celebrating. Here’s how it came to be.  Read more

Atlanta Safe Streets & Transit Coalition combine to form advocacy supergroup!

No matter which part of Atlanta we call home, we all want safe, thriving streets and dependable transportation. That’s why we’re excited to announce the formation of the Atlanta Safe Streets & Transit Coalition, a unification of two successful groups who've made strides in the name of street safety and better transit. A major lesson we’ve learned is that we can accomplish more when we work together, and we look forward to the progress our new, combined Coalition will achieve in the years to come! Interested in getting your company, organization, community group, or other entity involved? Scroll down for the low-down on how to get in touch! We look forward to talking. Read more

Streetviews: Forsyth Street gets some bike/LIT lanes, Edgewood Avenue bike lanes keep it separated

Forsyth Street and Edgewood Avenue get some long-overdue attention...not to mention bike lane improvements! Read more

Atlanta at a pivot point: Right-size transportation funding or founder

This week, Mayor Andre Dickens announced his support for four infill MARTA stations including one at a mixed-used development that would connect MARTA rail to the Atlanta BeltLine. These projects—while potentially impactful—alone won’t constitute a long-term roadmap to the better transportation infrastructure Atlanta truly needs. A reliable network of public transit, bus lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks spanning every neighborhood would go a long way toward making Atlanta a healthy, sustainable city. But despite a growing population and increasing demand for efficient transportation and improvements like these, last year, Mayor Dickens's administration reduced the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) operating budget by more than 12%, now standing at $50.3 million. This drastic reduction directly hampers ATLDOT's ability to manage a growing list of urgent projects and maintain safe conditions on our streets, a situation that should be of great concern to all Atlantans. Read more

MARTA news

For a moment this week, it felt like all anyone could talk about was transit. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens’ announcement of four infill MARTA stations at the State of the City address Monday kicked things off. Monday night, MARTA held a community meeting about the Campbellton Road Bus Rapid Transit Project. And Wednesday, MARTA CEO Collie Greenwood gave his quarterly update to the Atlanta City Council. Read more for highlights and ways to take action.  Read more

DeKalb Ave: another update

Long a sore spot for commuters and residents, DeKalb Avenue got a facelift last year: safer pedestrian crossings, fresh pavement, sidewalk fixes, and three segments of bike/LIT lanes.  Reminder: Known as the “DeKalb Ave Safety Improvements Project,” these changes actually make up a scaled-back version of the full complete street project, known as “Phase II Safe Streets project.” That overhaul–set to include a separated bicycle/scoot/walk path between Krog Street and Rocky Ford Road–is still planned and funded through the Moving Atlanta Forward program.  We celebrate the progress! And, we have questions that haven’t been resolved yet. Some of these questions have come from community members who’ve reached out to our team. (Thanks, y’all!) Read more

Unsnarl Atlanta’s potential: Tell Mayor Dickens to boost transportation budget for better streets

#KeepATLMoving: Foster sustainable transit for a thriving, accessible city. Atlanta is at a crossroads. Our bustling streets mirror the energy of our growing city. Yet, every day, we find ourselves stuck in the very arteries meant to keep our city alive. In fact, you may have heard the meme “#WeFull”— a popular mantra of frustration for those caught in the snarl of traffic. But we see not a full city, but one that's ready to unlock its full potential. Imagine this: Less time spent in your car means more time enjoying what our city offers. This isn't just a dream — it's a possibility that calls for our collective action. Reliable transit, protected bike lanes, and pedestrian pathways are keys to this transformation. Read more

RSVP now: Housing & Mobility Mixer with Abundant Housing Atlanta

Access to affordable places to live and safe, reliable ways to get around are two crucial building blocks for thriving communities. Yet, too often, many Atlanta residents lack one or both of these basics. That’s why, on Tuesday, March 19, we’re teaming up with Abundant Housing Atlanta to host a happy hour to connect people who care about transportation and housing. Conversation Starters Read more

Atlanta Streets Alive: 2024 dates are here!

The wait is almost over! With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to mark your calendars for the return of open streets in Atlanta! Here are the dates... Read more

Q & A with Two Wheel Valet’s Matalina Jordan

This Saturday, Atlanta United will kick off (and, of course, win) its home opener against the New England Revolution at Mercedes Benz Stadium, and Two Wheel Valet will be there to keep fans’ bikes safe for absolutely free. Since 2017, when the organization expanded to Atlanta from Washington, D.C., Two Wheel Valet has hosted bike parking at events ranging from street festivals to ball games, and even, we’re told, two weddings last year. (At one, revelers took a celebratory spin down the BeltLine).   We caught up with Matalina Jordan, the owner of Two Wheel Valet’s Atlanta operation, to talk about why she loves her job and the hope her organization inspires for the future of sustainable transportation in Atlanta and around the country. Read more

2nd annual Transportation Roundtable highlights need for realistic funding

“Put your money where your priorities are.” Those words, from Atlanta City Councilmember Byron Amos summed up a major theme that emerged at Propel ATL’s second annual Transportation Roundtable on Tuesday, February 20.  Read more

Honor Brittany Glover with a street name & safer street design

Brittany Glover graduated from flight attendant school in August 2022. Three weeks later, she was crossing Hollowell Parkway near Finley Street when a motorist struck and killed her before speeding away. Yesterday, her mother called on Atlanta City Council to rename Finley Street in honor of her life, cut tragically short.  Read more

Plans for Memorial Drive two-way protected bike lane

Ever since two women were killed on a short section of Memorial Drive several years ago, we’ve set our sights on a safer corridor. Now, plans call for a new two-way protected bike lane connecting Pearl Street in Reynoldstown to Trinity Avenue Downtown! Read more