Get inspired! See what a vibrant bicycling culture looks like with this fantastic video wrap-up of the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival (you might event catch a glimpse of our presentation on bike advocacy at the 0:18 mark :)
Following a Cherry Blossom Festival bike parade with Georgia Bikes and Chantelle Rytter of the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade, Rachel Hollar of Macon, GA decided it was long past time for one of the state's largest cities to develop a grassroots bicycle advocacy organization. Two months of organizing later, Rachel has assembled a team of enthusiastic advocates, known as Bike Macon, who recently met for the first time at a downtown Macon craft beer bar to discuss events, advocacy, infrastructure, and educational programs to improve bicyclist safety.
Well done, Rachel, and keep up the fantastic work and energy!
" The city will enter into a 'master agreement' with the PATH Foundation, Inc., in a step toward expanding the existing network of bicycle and pedestrian trails in the city.
Columbus Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the city entering into the agreement, which will not obligate the city to fund any of the project, but to facilitate the work and lend certain employees to it.
The plan calls for building 27.5 miles of trails in 12 'links' that would first connect the Riverwalk and the Fall Line Trace, the city’s two existing such trails, and then interconnect trails in other parts of the city, such as the new Follow Me Trail and a proposed trail along the length of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The foundation hopes to complete the projects in five years."
Above: How the approach to the Frank Martin Bridge on 14th Street in Columbus would appear with a greenway path built. Courtesy of PATH Foundation
Welcome news via press release from GDOT's Thomaston office:
COLUMBUS, Ga. – As elected officials across the nation struggle to secure funding for critical transportation infrastructure maintenance and improvements, communities in three of Georgia’s regions are reaping the benefits of the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), which voters passed through a referendum in July 2012. Citizens of these regions, including the River Valley, Heart of Georgia Altamaha, and Central Savannah River Area regions, are funding 871 transportation projects through a one cent sales tax collected over 10 years. Georgia DOT is overseeing management of the budget, schedule, execution and delivery of all TIA projects, in collaboration with local and state agencies.
“The three regions that approved the Transportation Investment Act are starting to see the results of their investments,” said State TIA Administrator Mike Dover. “By voting to tax themselves and working together to identify and prioritize projects, citizens and public officials in these regions are addressing a variety of local transportation issues, from road and bridge repair to expansion and enhancement of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. These transportation system improvements will benefit residents and visitors in these regions for many years to come.”
So far eight projects are underway in the River Valley region. Four of these projects are currently under construction, while the other four are in the pre-construction (design or bidding) phase. These projects include a variety of roadway and bridge improvements, as well as two projects to expand pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in South Columbus.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 6, 2015 for the South Lumpkin Multi-Use Path in Southwest Columbus. This $3.5 million project will make use of an abandoned rail corridor between South Lumpkin Park and Old Cusseta Road, transforming the space into a linear park. Once completed, this project will provide pedestrian and bicycle connectivity for a variety of destinations, including seven schools, parks, restaurants, and several shopping centers in the community.
Owen Ditchfield, a local resident and community leader shared some comments on the South Lumpkin Multi-Use Path during the groundbreaking ceremony. “This is a proud day for South Columbus… and more good things are yet to come,” Mr. Ditchfield said. He recalled many of the changes that have taken place in South Columbus over the last few decades, and shared his excitement for new developments in the area. He looks forward to having a multi-use path in the community, to provide an off-street facility where he and other cyclists can ride bikes.