In this issue...Summit re-cap...Funding opportunities...Win a FREE bike rack...GDOT survey...Upcoming events...November member giveaway...and more!

Complete Streets momentum in GA

At the 5th annual GA Bike Summit in Columbus, the mayor of the state's second largest city stated her unequivocal support for safer streets that serve all users, and she threw down the gauntlet to the state's seven designated Bicycle Friendly Communities: Columbus is gunning to be the first silver-level BFC in GA. Thanks to the city's recently adopted Complete Streets policy, they're well on their way.
Over the course of the Summit, we toured the city's incredible bike paths and heard from local advocates in Athens and Milledgeville on their plans to create family-friendly transportation choices. Read our re-cap of the Summit below, and join us in congratulating the advocates, elected officials, and transportation professionals who are creating momentum for Complete Streets and vibrant communities in GA.
Read on for more about what's happening in Georgia bike advocacy, and be sure to check out our member giveaway and bike parking contest!

 

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5th annual Summit a Big Success

From October 24-26, over 120 bicycle advocates, transportation professionals, and elected officials convened in Columbus for the 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit, presented by the Tony Serrano Century Ride.

Delegates from 34 Georgia communities learned how Complete Streets foster "competitive communities." Workshops and presentations fostered networking and shared best practices for improving bicycling throughout the state. Check out the full Summit re-cap, photos, and links to presentations.
Thanks to all our participants and sponsors!

Become a member in November, roll in style!


If you renew or join as a new member in November, you will be eligible to win custom bike bags, hand-crafted by Tiny Tank Tech of Athens. See pics of the bags you could win here. Thanks for supporting a bike friendly GA!
Three national grant opportunities could help your community plan for bike share, create bike-friendly links to transit stations, or launch an artistic bike parking program. Find out more on our blog

 

"Friends in High Places"

People for Bikes interviewed GA Lt. Governor Casey Cagle about his views on bicycling:
" [Bicycling is] a win-win—win not only for individuals that do it, but win for the environment, for development, for acceleration in value because people like to live near places where bicycling development is available, and for their kids as well. I certainly don’t see it as a liberal or conservative issue."
Read the full interview.

 

Win a Free Bike Rack!

Know of a business or location that could use some quality bike parking? Post a pic, tag it, and you might win one!
We're teaming up with Saris to offer free bike racks to four deserving recipients in Georgia.

Any business, nonprofit, neighborhood, or municipality is eligible to participate. See our website (or download the flyer) for details, and be sure to submit your entry by November 14th!

Three Rivers Ride, 11/15

Saturday, November 15th is the Three Rivers Ride in Kingsland, GA. This great coastal ride is a Supporting Event for Georgia Bikes, which means you get to experience a wonderful ride and support your favorite statewide bike advocates! Check out our Events Calendar for more rides that support our work.

Support GA Bikes Nov 13!


The 13th is "Georgia Gives Day," a statewide initiative encouraging Georgians to donate to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Show your support for a bike friendly Georgia with a secure contribution.
Thank you!

 

Complete Streets workshops spread expertise and resources

Thanks to funding from the Federal Highway Administration, and with assistance from GDOT and Alta Planning + Design, we coordinated a second series of traveling workshops to share best practices for creating safe, Complete Streets that serve all users. Our 2014 Workshops were held in Albany, Macon, Milledgeville, and Valdosta. More info & photos.

GDOT Survey on Transportation Funding Priorities

Through November 21st,  the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is soliciting feedback on its Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP)/Statewide Transportation Plan (SWTP). 

GDOT has developed an online tool for the public to provide input on how to allocate the state's anticipated transportation funding (federal/state funds) over the next 25 years.
Please let GDOT know that bicycle improvements are important for GA!

Share the Road tags

Georgia's "Share the Road" specialty car tags directly fund bicycle advocacy, education, and outreach to improve bicyclist safety in the state. Find out more, and please request one when you purchase a car or renew your existing tag.
No need for a tag or not into specialty tags? No problem! Help create better bicycling by becoming a member in November.
 

 

Nat'l Bike Safety report has serious issues

On October 27th the national Governor's Highway Safety Association released a major report on bicycle safety. The report claims that bicycling is less safe today than in the 1970s and calls for mandatory helmet laws. 
For a better picture of bike safety in the US, read these excellent critiques and rebuttals of the fundamentally flawed report:
1) "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics," by Bob Mionske of BicycleLaw.com 
2) "Report Gets Actual Safety Trends Backwards" - BikePortland.org
 

 

National Bike Challenge results

September 30th marked the end of the 2014 National Bike Challenge. See GA's impressive stats on our blog.

 

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