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Now accepting session proposals for 2014 GA Bike Summit

We're busily planning this October's 5th annual Georgia Bike Summit, and we know you'll have an amazing time in Columbus! 

Our conference facility is located in Columbus' vibrant downtown on the beautiful Chattahoochee Riverwalk. The city is thrilled to be hosting the event and is really rolling out the red carpet for Summit attendees. Our keynote speaker, Roger Millar, is the VP of Smart Growth America, and he will be sharing case studies that back up this year's Summit theme of "Complete Streets, Competitive Communities."

For our remaining breakout sessions, we're calling on planners, traffic engineers, city leaders, citizen advocates or anyone who has expertise or experience in developing and implementing Complete Streets policies in GA (or the southeast). If you would like to share your knowledge or story, please submit a session proposal by 8/15 via this online form.

Stay tuned for more details about the Summit, and, if you plan on attending, please register now to take advantage of our early bird discounts. 

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus this fall!

 

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:

 

Call on GA lawmakers to enact a Vulnerable Road User law

On the heels of the latest outrageous act of violence against a bicyclist by a motorist, we are calling on Georgia citizens to join us in our demand for a Vulnerable Road User law, which will define "vulnerable road users" (e.g. bicyclists, pedestrians, emergency responders, road construction crews, etc) and will increase penalties for motorists who injure or kill those road users.

There are two ways you can add your voice:

1) Sign our Change.org petition online and share it with your friends and family.

or

2) Download and personalize this letter (also available in PDF)and send it to your state elected officials by mail or email. Better yet, call them or meet them in person to talk about this issue and express your strong support for a Vulnerable Road User law in Georgia. You can find your state senator and representative info here.

Thank you for helping us create a safer Georgia!

Complete Streets policy implementation in Columbia County

GDOT is beginning a three-year road reconstruction in Columbia County which will include sidewalks and bike lanes on what was once a dangerous, two-lane road with no bike or pedestrian amenities. This is the statewide Complete Streets policy at work!