2014 will be a watershed year for bicycling in Georgia. Interest in bicycling - be it for sport or transportation - has never been higher. Georgia has six official "Bicycle Friendly Communities," Complete Streets policies are taking hold statewide, and strong local advocacy groups have won major successes in cities like Atlanta, Milledgeville, and Rome.

Contrasting these advances is equally widespread ignorance -even animosity- to the rights and safety of people on bikes. Look no further than the recently defeated anti-cycling legislation in the state legislature to see how bad it could be. 

Bicycling is good for Georgia - it's good for our health, it has significant benefits for our economy, and it is a vital part of a functional, common-sense transportation system for our cities.

Become a member and keep us rolling to a bicycle friendly future. Learn what's happening statewide with the stories below and through our regular blog and social media posts. 

Keep riding, Georgia!

 

We are a member-supported nonprofit organization promoting bicycling and improving bicycling conditions in Georgia.
Find out more and become a member at GeorgiaBikes.org
Georgia's "Share the Road" specialty tags support bicycle safety education, outreach, and advocacy throughout the state. When it's time to purchase a new tag or renew your current tag, show your support for sharing the road with a bike-friendly car tag!
More info here.

Road Safety Audits


A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is a formal review of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users. RSAs are powerful tools that can support local advocacy efforts for bicycle (and pedestrian) improvements. Georgia Bikes will help your community work with GDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to coordinate an RSA on a roadway or intersection in need of bike-ped safety improvements.

 

BRAG’s 5th annual Winter Ride

St. Marys, GA, February 18-23, 2014
This is a a relaxed multi-sport event suitable for all levels of bicycling. Non-riders are welcomed also.  You will have the opportunity to bicycle in St. Marys one day, take a ferry to Cumberland Island for hiking or cycling, take a ferry along with your bicycle to Fernandina Beach for a day of cycling, and end your trip with a guided kayak or canoe ride on the Okefenokee Swamp.

For registration information and additional ride details, visit http://brag.org/winterride.html

Bike Business Profile: Blue Goose Bike Hostel


Learn all about Irwinton, GA's Blue Goose Bike Hostel on our blog, and be sure to stop by the Goose for some unrivaled southern hospitality!

 

Athens, April 11-12

For the 1st time in 15 years, trails advocates - hikers, cyclists, kayakers, horseback riders, and more - are coming together "with the goal of realizing a first-class, connected trail system in Georgia."
Georgia Bikes is proud to endorse this conference. For more info, visit the GA Trails Summit website.

Bicyclist Pocket Guides

Our Bicyclist Pocket Guide provides essential information every person riding a bike in GA needs to know!

Topics covered include:

  • Legal status of bicyclists
  • Rules of the road & state laws pertaining to bicyclists
  • Safe cycling behaviors and practices
  • What to do in the event of a crash

To request copies of the Bicyclist Pocket Guide for your club, business , or organization*, please contact us with your shipping address and the number of copies you need (maximum request is 200). Reimbursement for shipping costs is appreciated!

 

 

Online Advocacy Resources


Check out the Resources section of our website for data, stats, links and more to support your local advocacy efforts!

 

Save the Date: March 18, 2014

We've come a long way, but there's still so much more to do. Join us at the 2014 Ride to the Capitol to show your support for safe, economically vibrant communities. Let's create a Georgia that provides residents and visitors alike great opportunities for enjoying the simple, healthy joy of riding a bike!

Full event info and pics of previous year rides at GeorgiaRidesToTheCapitol.org

 

Law Enforcement Training

We provide a certified, two hour training course for traffic officers in GA. The class covers the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists as operators of vehicles. Participating officers receive two POST credits and a hard copy of our Rights & Rules: Law Enforcement Pocket Guide. The training is scheduled by request. Please share this announcement with the training director at your local police department or sheriff's office. To schedule a training, contact us at 706.372.9529 or via email.

Webinars


We have conducted a number of webinars to train and build the capacity the local advocacy organizations. If you would like to receive invitations for future webinar announcements, please contact us. Video recordings of two of our webinars (Bicycle Accommodations, RSAs) are available online.

 

Silver Comet Trail News: Winter Bridge Closures

Six pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8-mile portion of the Silver Comet Trail will be closed to the public this winter while Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) crews repair or replace pedestrian bridge ends over Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road. Full update.
 

 

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