In this issue of Road Share, we're focusing on the upcoming Ride to the Capitol!

Join us for the 9th annual Ride to the Capitol!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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.

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 demonstrate 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.

For more about the event and to register, visit GeorgiaRidestotheCapitol.org. See you on the 18th!

The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA)Georgia Bikes, and event sponsors will host over 1,000 cyclists from across Georgia for this year's event. Police-escorted rides will depart from Decatur and Roswell, led respectively by City Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood as well as other mayors and public officials from the metro Atlanta region.

Safety Leg Bands!

Keep cars at bay and pant legs outta the way- this year, all registered riders will receive a high-visibility velcro leg band! 

To register, visit GeorgiaRidestotheCapitol.org
Visit the Bike MS tent at Georgia Rides to the Capitol and enter to win a Saris bike rack and more!

Join the National MS Society at the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride on September 20-21 for a two day cycling adventure through Pine Mountain, GA. Register at bikeMS.org, by April 1, using promo code GARIDES to receive half off! This is more than a ride…It’s Bike MS!

Looking for more rides?


Check out SBL's extensive ride calendar, check out the fantastic Serrano Century, or look over the Georgia Bikes Events Calendar, which lists rides and events that support statewide bicycle advocacy.

Got Tags?


For your other vehicle, please consider a "Share the Road" specialty tag. Proceeds from the tags directly support bicycle safety programs and activities across the state. A meaningful portion of the specialty tag fee goes to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, which awards grants to governmental agencies and nonprofits - including Georgia Bikes - to reduce bicyclist injuries and fatalities.
If you're not interested in obtaining a specialty tag but still want to support bike advocacy, please become a member today!

 

Athens, GA's Complete Streets Prince campaign and website beautifully illustrates the need for, and benefits of, creating safe, welcoming streets that accommodate all users. The visualizations of how this road, typical of many in GA, could be improved are well worth sharing with your local leaders and transportation officials!

 

Ride to Benefit Georgia Bikes

The Ride to the Capitol raises awareness, but it also raises money for effective statewide advocacy efforts. All net proceeds support Georgia Bikes, your voice for a bicycle friendly Georgia.

Specifically, sponsorship and registration revenue helps us:
  • Pay for direct advocacy at the state capitol and DOT, which has led directly to our statewide Complete Streets policy and 3' passing law!
  • Educate law enforcement on bicyclist rights
  • Support, train, and guide local advocacy organizations throughout Georgia
  • Share best practices in bicycle facility design with transportation planners and engineers
For more about us and to become a member, visit GeorgiaBikes.org. Thank you for supporting a bicycle friendly Georgia!
Congrats to Bike Alpharetta!
After many months of waiting, Bike Alpharetta finally received official 501c3 nonprofit status from the IRS. Bike Alpharetta Inc. is a community organization comprised of local residents and civic leaders advocating an enjoyable, safe environment for all types of bicycle use in Alpharetta, Georgia, and will be bringing a substantial contingent to the Ride to the Capitol!

 

What's GA Bikes Been Up To?


Aside from planning for the upcoming National Bike Summit and Ride to the Capitol, we've been on the road working to make Georgia a bike friendly state. This winter, we helped the Tift Area Greenway Association develop a strategic plan to improve bicycling in Tifton, we hosted the first ever Bicycle Advocacy Day inside the state capitol on January 21st, and we toured southwest GA, consulting with advocates and local officials in Sumter County, Columbus, and LaGrange. Pictured above is a workshop we attended at Ft. Benning, which is looking to create a bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the base.

 

 
Georgia's inaugural trail summit aims to provide connections, share knowledge and further the trail projects going on in the state. For the purposes of the Summit, the term "trails" includes rail-trails, greenways, blueways, multi-purpose paths, equestrian trails, and motorized trails. 
 
Hope to see all you trail lovers in Athens this April!
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