In this issue...GDOT partnership...Pro-bike legislation...Schedule a class...and more!

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The Georgia Bikes e-Newsletter


Greetings from your friends at Georgia Bikes!

Warmer days and beautiful riding weather are finally upon us. Be sure to check out our events calendar for a listing of this spring's Supporting Events, and please schedule a bike safety or law enforcement training with us to advance safer cycling in your community.

Next week, a delegation of Georgians will be in Washington DC for the National Bike Summit, working on your behalf to ensure that federal policies and funding will support a bike friendly Georgia.

See the stories below for a sampling of what we've been up to since the last e-newsletter, and don't forget to register for this May's National Bike Challenge!

If you're not a member of Georgia Bikes, please join today, or feel free to make a one-time or recurring donation to support our advocacy and educational programs.
Thanks for your support!
 

 

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Support bike advocacy with your car tag

Share the Road tags directly support bike safety outreach and education programs throughout the state. When it's time to renew your tag, or if you're purchasing a new motor vehicle, please consider the Share the Road tag. You'll be advertising your commitment to safer streets and directly supporting our work to improve conditions for bicycling across Georgia. If you already have a tag, let us know, and we'll make you an honorary member!

"Share the Road" Signs: Helpful or Hazardous?


From BikePortland.org:

"What does a 'Share the Road' sign mean to you?

The State of Oregon has decided that those signs mean different things to different people so they’ve taken the step of officially phasing them out. Oregon isn’t the first state to do this. Delaware banished Share the Road signs in 2013 after that state’s advocacy group (Bike Delaware) made the case that its ambiguity 'invites conflicting interpretations.'”

Georgia Bikes would love to hear from you on this issue! Please take our quick poll on the value of "Share the Road" signs.

 

Your city could host the 2016 GA Bike Summit!

Do you want statewide attention on bicycling issues and accomplishments in your city?

Would your community like to host Georgia's only statewide conference dedicated to fostering bike friendly streets, trails, and neighborhoods?

Submit a bid to host the 2016 Georgia Bike Summit!

Summit Bid Guidelines

Bids are due by April 8th.

New partnership with GDOT to advance bike safety


We're very excited to share the good news that Georgia Bikes has signed a multi-year contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation to improve bicyclist safety across the state!

The funding from GDOT will allow us to build on our existing outreach efforts with the following programs:
  • We'll print even more of our popular Bicyclist Pocket Guides
  • We'll produce a new round of radio and TV PSAs to educate motorists about the 3' law
  • We'll help the DOT review and update the state's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
  • We'll continue training city officials on Complete Streets implementation
  • and more! 

 

Lawmakers adopt pro-bike resolutions

Thanks to our ongoing advocacy efforts at the state capitol, legislators in both the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions in support of bicycling and recognizing the many annual rides, events, and organizations working to promote and improve bicycling across the state. The resolutions also formally recognize May as National Bike Month in Georgia.
On Feb 23rd, a delegation of bike advocates from Athens, Atlanta, Macon and Savannah visited the capitol to see the House of Representatives resolution read and adopted. We distributed bike pins to lawmakers and staff throughout the day and made the case for improved traffic laws, a statewide economic impact study of bicycling, and we voiced support for completion of the Coastal Georgia Greenway. In the photo above, advocates thank state Representative Margaret Kaiser for sponsoring the House's pro-bike resolution.
See the Senate resolution here, and the House version here. If your elected official was a sponsor, please take the time to thank them!

 

When it comes to biking and walking, how does Georgia stack up?

A new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking puts local and state efforts in perspective in Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report.

The broad trend is clear: Walking and biking are on the rise across the United States. Active transportation has broken through into the mainstream conversation and been embraced by powerful stakeholders. But the real story is far more complex than a single trend line — or simple narrative.

Learn more.

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