In this issue...south GA tour re-cap, 2013 Summit, Complete Streets workshops, GMA convention and more!

Hot Times, Cycling in the Cities

Georgia Bikes has been on the move this summer! We've been hitting the highways in our other vehicle to visit and explore all the great cycling destinations across the state. Beyond fun rides and making new friends, we have also been training transportation planners and engineers and meeting with elected officials to talk about specific ways we can create safer, more welcoming roads for commuters, sport and touring cyclists, and everyone in between.

One thing is for certain: from Smyrna to St. Simons, Georgia is a great place for riding a bike. We're proud to be your voice for a bicycle friendly Georgia, and we hope to see you in Roswell this October at the 4th annual Georgia Bike Summit!

 

If you can't join us in Roswell, we hope you will "join us" with an annual membership and keep us rolling toward a bike friendly Georgia. Read on to see just a few of the ways we have been working to improve cycling in your community and across the state.

All Best and Safe Cycling this Summer,
Brent Buice, Executive Director
(pictured left with Board member TC Hutson before a great ride on Jekyll Island)
We are a nonprofit organization promoting bicycling and improving bicycling conditions in Georgia.
Find out more at GeorgiaBikes.org

Got Tags?


Georgia's Share the Road specialty car tags directly support bicycle safety and outreach across the state, including our excellent radio and TV PSAs. We just posted our newest video PSA, which will be coming soon to a TV station near you! Check them all out here.
For more about the tags, visit our website, and please show your support for a bicycle friendly GA when you renew your car tags!

GA Bikes at GMA

At the Georgia Municipal Association's Annual Convention in Savannah, Georgia Bikes joined elected officials and GDOT executives for a panel discussion about the value of "Complete Streets" and bicycle infrastructure in GA's cities. Presenting to the GMA's Transportation Policy Committee, we spoke about the "Benefits of Being a Bike Friendly Community." Our GMA presentation is available here.

National Bike Challenge Updates

GA has 503 participating riders who have logged 151k miles since May 1!
Among states, we are in 26th place, just a few spots behind our neighbors from Palmetto Cycling Coalition (watch out in July- we're coming to git ya!)
Top male rider: B. Hanger
Top female rider: S. Thompson
Top team: Pecan City Pedalers Wingnuts (Albany)

2013 GA Bike Summit

Save the Date!
The 4th annual Georgia Bike Summit Presented by the Tony Serrano Century will be in Bicycle Friendly Community Roswell, GA from October 18-20th.

The Summit is a relaxed conference and networking event for anyone interested in creating better bicycling conditions in Georgia. The Summit features informative workshops, fun social events, and, of course, plenty of bike rides.

Find out the latest updates here.

Register now for significant early bird discounts!

Complete Streets Workshops


Thanks to a federal grant, we are coordinating a series of workshops for traffic engineers and planners on how to create Complete Streets through road diets and refuge islands. Above, co-trainer Josh Mello from City of Atlanta describes an exciting road diet plan for busy Ponce de Leon/Hwy 78. Workshops will also be held in Athens, Augusta, Columbus and Roswell.

Group Ride Classes


We partnered with our friends at Bike MS to train ride marshals and new riders on safe, legal riding practices. Let us know if you'd like a bike safety class in your community!

South GA Tour

In early June, our Executive Director traveled to Columbus, Americus, Albany, Thomasville, Valdosta, Tifton, and coastal GA. Over the course of two weeks, he met with elected officials, local cyclists, and transportation planners to talk about the challenges and opportunities for creating bike friendly communities in south GA.

Highlights:
  • The mayor of Columbus is committed to seeing the city emerge as GA's first Silver-level Bicycle friendly Community!
  • The Pecan City Pedalers group from Albany is one the state's largest and most active recreational clubs in the state
  • From small towns to coastal vacation destinations, local leaders and citizens alike recognize the importance and benefit of creating safe, welcoming conditions for cycling

Bottom line: the southern part of the state is friendly, beautiful, and offers something for every type of cyclist. Read all about the tour and see photos on our blog.

 

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