In this issue...GA Bike Summit...Complete Streets workshops...VRU petition....We're Savannah-bound...and more!

Summer of Southern Cycling

From technical advocacy to community parties to huge sport cycling events, this summer is shaping up to be a great one for bicycling in Georgia.

We're thrilled to announce the 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit, this October in Columbus, GA. Come learn how Complete Streets foster competitive communities and enjoy the impressive urban renaissance underway in the city.

The stories below capture just a few of the exciting things happening in the world of Georgia bike advocacy. If you have a story to share - or something you'd like to know more about - please feel free to contact us.

All Best & Safe Cycling this Summer!
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Save the Date!

The 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit will be held in Columbus, October 24-26.

Join fellow bike advocates, elected officials, and transportation professionals for a weekend of networking, social events, rides, and workshops, all with the goal of fostering economically competitive communities through the implementation of Complete Streets.

Early bird registration is open, and we're accepting session proposals from anyone who has a Complete Streets story (or advice) to share. Submit a session by 8/15 here. Hope to see you in Columbus this October!

 

Vulnerable Road User law

On the heels of outrageous acts of violence against bicyclists , we are calling on Georgia citizens to join us in our demand for a Vulnerable Road User law, which will define "vulnerable road users" (e.g. bicyclists, pedestrians, emergency responders, road construction crews, etc) and will increase penalties for motorists who injure or kill those road users.

Please sign and share our Change.org petition calling on state lawmakers to sponsor and pass a VRU law.

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Complete Streets workshops this summer

Thanks to funding from the Federal Highway Administration, we're conducting a second series of free Complete Streets workshops this summer and fall. These 4-hour workshops are geared toward transportation professionals and elected leaders and will focus on how they can use use "road diets" and median refuge islands to improve non-motorized road user safety.
Scheduled workshops:
8/20 - Albany
8/21 - Valdosta
9/18 - Macon
TBD - Milledgeville
Click the city name for registration and more info, and please share this with your local planners, traffic engineers and other relevant officials.
Our friends at Tiny Tank Tech crafted beautiful, rugged, 1-of-a-kind bike bags using vinyl banners we had left over from previous Georgia Bike Summits and Ride to the Capitol events. Check 'em out, and request yours by email. It's first-come-first-served, so act fast! :)

We're Moving!

As of July 15th, Georgia Bikes will be based in Savannah, after four years of working from Athens. We'll miss our pals at BikeAthens but look forward to setting up operations in the Coastal Empire with Savannah Bicycle Campaign.
Our new mailing address will be:
Georgia Bikes
PO Box 10045
Savannah, GA 31412

Phone and email info will not change. Thanks for your patience during the transition!
* the pic above is for fun...we are not, in fact, moving by bicycle ;)

Meet Katelyn, GDOT's new Bike-Ped Coordinator

At the highly successful (and first ever) Safe Routes to School statewide forum held in Decatur June 6th, we got to meet GDOT's brand new Bike-Ped Coordinator, Ms. Katelyn DiGoia. Katelyn is a bicycle commuter and an avid long-distance touring cyclist. She understands the issues facing Georgia's cyclists on a very personal level and is eager to work with advocates and officials across the state. We look forward to working with you too, Katelyn! You can contact her at kdigioia@dot.ga.gov

National Bike Challenge Updates

At the conclusion of the 2nd month of the National Bike Challenge, GA is in the middle of the pack among states, and we've grown to almost 1,000 riders. Albany and Milledgeville are in a tight race to be top team in the state. Remember: you can join at any time before September here : it's FREE, it's FUN, and there are PRIZES!
Speaking of prizes, at the end of July, we're awarding a random NBC participant from GA one of our snazzy custom bike bags! To win, you must have accumulated at least 200 points within the month of July. Good luck!

Bike-cations in GA

Our state has plenty of great bicycling destinations. Check out our map of GA's Bike Friendly Communities and major bike trails before you plan your late summer vacation!
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