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GDOT invites northeast GAns to review, comment on planned projects

Via press release from GDOT:

GEORGIA DOT SEEKS PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT ON ITS FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS

GAINESVILLE, Ga.–The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is making available the Draft FY 2015 - 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in Northeast Georgia for public review and comment.

The STIP is a four-year program that is designed to achieve Georgia’s transportation goals as envisioned by the Governor and State Transportation Board for improving the mobility of people and goods across the state, expand Georgia’s role in global commerce, reduce injury and loss of life on Georgia’s roadways, and prioritize investments in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure assets.   The STIP specifies federally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. These projects include, but are not limited to, new construction, improvements, and maintenance for interstates and state routes, and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.

The Georgia DOT District One Office serving Northeast Georgia will sponsor two Open House meetings where the public can view the Draft FY 15-18 STIP, view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff, and formally offer comments. The meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Meetings in Northeast Georgia will be held:

August 26, 2014   5-7 PM                                             September 24, 2014   5-7PM
@ Pickens County Library                                            @ Elbert County Public Library
100 Library Lane                                                          345 Heard Stree  
Jasper, GA 30143                                                        Elberton, GA 30635

The general public is invited to view projects planned for Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White. Projects for other counties in this region that are part of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (areas with more than 50,000 in population) will be available for public comment in a separate meeting, at a later date through their Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The Draft FY 15-18 STIP will also be available on the internet at www.dot.ga.gov/stip

Columbus Mayor, GDOT Board member to visit Denmark, Sweden

This is fantastic news for bike advocacy in Georgia:
 
The Knight Foundation has extended invitations to Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Georgia Department of Transportation Board member Sam Wellborn, both of Columbus, Georgia to join a group of “Civic Innovators” Complete Street in Swedenfrom nine U.S. cities on an all-expense paid trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the world’s “most livable cities”. The trip will take place from August 23-29, 2014 and will study building more livable, sustainable and engaged cities. The trip will include a master class at the Copenhagen studio of Gehl Architects, meetings and tours with Copenhagen public officials and a side trip to Malmo, Sweden, to explore its transformation from an industrial port city to a burgeoning high-tech economy. Participants will be challenged to address how these best practices may be adapted to improve their own communities. 
 
For one of GDOT's Board members to see what is arguably the most bike friendly city in the world in action...it's an amazing opportunity for the state of Georgia.
 
As if that's not exciting enough, Columbus is the site of our upcoming, 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit - what perfect timing for the mayor to see what's possible for Columbus!

GDOT wants to hear from you

Ever want to tell the Georgia Department of Transportation´╗┐ how you would prioritize transportation funding? Now's your chance!

Through the end of September, GDOT is soliciting public input on your "current transportation habits and expenses" and what you want GDOT to do to meet your "current and future transportation needs."

It's a short survey - speak up and speak for bikes!

We've moved!

Georgia Bikes is now based in Savannah.

We're sharing a great new office space with Savannah Bicycle Campaign and Healthy Savannah, located at the SW corner of E Henry St & Lincoln St, just a few blocks southeast of Forsyth Park.

Stop by and visit if you're ever in Savannah!

Our new official mailing address is:

Georgia Bikes, Inc.
PO Box 10045
Savannah, GA 31412

 

Bike tourism presentation in Dublin

Our Executive Director Brent recently completed the "Young Gamechangers" program coordinated by Georgia Forward. Through this program, he and dozens of other young leaders in Georgia collaborated on plans to revitalize and improve the city of Dublin.

Brent's segment of the proposal focused on how Dublin can leverage its position as the midpoint of State Bike Route # 40, which connects Columbus and Savannah, to boost bicycle tourism and improve local quality of life. While this presentation is Dublin-specific, the principles could be applied to roadways in any community in GA!

You can watch his presentation, which starts at 39:55, via the video below: