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

#RespectCascade: Call the Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee TODAY to urge agencies to address safety issues on Cascade Avenue

We all know the intersection at Cascade Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard is dangerous. It's been that way for decades. On Wednesday, August 25, a woman lost her life there: Woman killed after car goes off overpass, onto Atlanta BeltLine below via WSBTV.com: "The witness said the woman had just left the parking lot of a shopping center nearby when the driver went through the fence along Ralph David Abernathy and fell on the Atlanta BeltLine below." Steve Gehlbach of WSB via Twitter: "Witness thinks she may have been trying to avoid getting hit by another car as left Kroger parking lot next door." This is one more in a long list of crashes on this corridor that have hurt or killed people making ordinary, everyday trips to the grocery store, school, and work. We didn’t need another example of why it's so critical for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), and the Atlanta BeltLine to collaborate with residents to fix this intersection and the adjacent streets. Read more

TransFormation Alliance to host Atlanta political candidate forum focused on equity

The live-streamed candidate forums will give Atlantans a chance to hear candidates’ priorities for policies that center community voices to address racial equity across a wide range of issues. ATLANTA (August 18, 2021) - Atlanta residents will have the opportunity to ask local government candidates the hard questions about their plans to address racial equity through the interconnected issues of climate, jobs, health, housing, and mobility when #TransFormationTuesdays, hosted by the TransFormation Alliance (TFA) and its issue champions, kicks off Tuesday, August 24.  Read more

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS formalize merger

Together, the two organizations will strengthen their capacity to champion safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation solutions for all Atlantans   ATLANTA (June 17, 2021) — The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS — two of the Southeast’s leading organizations dedicated to sustainable transportation advocacy — are thrilled to announce they have formally merged as of June 17, 2021. This merger comes after the two groups first entered into talks in February of this year.  Read more

What’s ahead for Atlanta Streets Alive: make car-free streets happen more often and inspire more Atlantans to choose sustainable transportation

Since the inaugural activation on Edgewood Avenue in 2010, each Atlanta Streets Alive has inspired more people to dream big about our streets as thriving public spaces. The joy of freely walking, playing, biking, wheeling, scooting, or skating without the danger of passing cars lets people experience the full potential of our streets — safe, enjoyable active transportation corridors that spontaneously transform into pop-up meeting spaces, playgrounds, dance parties, or ballfields. Read more

Calming down Atlanta streets

We're celebrating a success! On Tuesday, July 6, Atlanta City Council passed better traffic calming policies for the City of Atlanta through ordinance 21-O-0405. Take action: support better traffic calming policy for the City of Atlanta! Tuesday, June 15 between 4-7 pm, call (404) 330-6059 and leave a message of support for ordinance 21-O-0405.  Attend a neighborhood meeting anywhere in Atlanta and you’re likely to hear a common refrain: people are driving too fast.  Some may see it as just a nuisance or a fact of life in a city. But for people who use our streets outside of vehicles—and that’s everyone at some point—even a small increase in driving speed becomes a matter of life or death in a crash. High speeds also prevent a lot of street use. How many parents are afraid to let their kids walk or bike? How many older adults or people with disabilities avoid taking needed trips because high-speed traffic makes it that much harder to get places?    Read more

Barricades and beyond: what’s next for permanent multimodal safety solutions on Edgewood Ave, Lee St, and Piedmont Ave?

Atlanta, once a city of metal plates, became a city of bright orange barricades during 2020. Some are part of ongoing construction projects, like those lining the Piedmont Avenue Light Individual Transportation (LIT) lane. Others, like the barricades on Lee Street, were placed as a traffic calming measure on a wide street in need of a retrofit, providing a shortened crossing distance for people walking and using wheelchairs, and a temporary space for people on bikes and scooters. Finally, some were intended to prevent street racing and stunt driving, like the plastic barricades that were bumped into the LIT lane, blocking the path for people trying to bike or scoot in it. Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA   Read more

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition receives grant from redefinED atlanta’s Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart for $10,000

ATLANTA – March 30, 2021 – The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is excited to announce it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from redefinED atlanta, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every student in Atlanta has the opportunity to attend a great public school. These funds will support the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s Bike Family program, which works with students, families, and staff in Atlanta Public Schools’ elementary schools located near High-Injury Network corridors. Bike Family equips participants with top quality bike education, proper safety gear, and their own bicycles so that they gain the skills and confidence to bike safely together. Read more

Q3 Stakeholder Briefing Recap

Last Thursday, many of you joined Atlanta Bicycle Coalition staff for our third quarterly stakeholder briefing. To everyone who spent the evening with us — thank you! We enjoyed sharing our 2020 accomplishments and 2021 priorities, and receiving valuable feedback on our 2021 City of Atlanta and Atlanta Board of Education Policy Agenda: creating a more equitable city through mobility.  If you weren’t able to attend, we’ve got you covered with a full recap, including Q&A review. Read more

Make a positive impact for Atlanta’s K-12 students: Apply by February 28 to join your local Atlanta Public Schools GO Team

Policy change at the local level impacts the day-to-day experiences of our city’s residents. A major focus of our 2021 draft Board of Education Policy Agenda is for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to ensure students have safe, convenient options to travel to and from school, and to help all children become more physically active by implementing proven strategies that promote walking, rolling, and riding transit to and from school. Read more

Biden-Harris administration off and running with promising leadership on transportation and climate goals; Georgia’s newly elected congressmembers value sustainable transportation

During his Senate confirmation hearing, President Biden’s nominee for United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s comments signaled a change in federal transportation priorities. Safety, jobs, climate — and trains — were the terms of the day. Buttigieg emphasized his “bottom-up” perspective as a mayor and we hope this experience will motivate reforms of federal transportation funding that benefit sustainable transportation projects and urgent local transit needs.  Read more