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2018 Georgia Bike Summit Presented by Bike Law Georgia in Athens Oct 12-14 2018 

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Come to Athens, GA over the weekend of October 12-14 2018 and join fellow bicycle advocates for events, speakers, rides and more. 

Want to present at the Summit?  We are looking for individuals and organizations to present on interesting and relevant topics on bicycling + advocacy in their communities. 45-50 minute sessions! 
Fill out the form below, deadline is August 17th at 5pm EST:

Need financial assistance to help cover travel and registration costs? Fill out this form:



Friday October 12

- Implementing Complete Streets + Bicycle/Pedestrian Plans: How to Center Equity and Data-Driven Decision Making to Increase Safety, Access, and Bikeability 

With Charles Brown, Senior Researcher at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition; and Byron Rushing, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission and Board President, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 

1:30-4PM in the Cypress Room in the Foundry Street Building at the Classic Center.

Session is free and open to all but registration is required. Register here:

- Welcome to Athens Joy Ride, a short, no-drop, fun group ride meeting at 6:00PM - Classic Center. Ride will end at BikeAthens headquarters for party

- Opening NIght Party at BikeAthens headquarters, 1075 West Broad (7PM) with food from Rashe's Cuisine and music from BikeAthens' Program Director Scott Long aka DJ 10TonChain



Saturday October 13th

8AM – Registration opens - Foundry St Building at the Classic Center

8-9:30AM – Breakfast in Empire Room, Foundry St Building at the Classic Center

9:30 –10:30AM - Morning Keynote - Charles Brown, Empire Room

10:40-11:30AM – Session 1 – Empire Room, Ligotti 1 and 2

- LaMiiko Moore and Stephen Spring of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition on their bicycle education program in City of Atlanta schools ( 2 part session)

- John Bennett and Caila Brown of Bike Walk Savannah on bicycle advocacy organizations and shifting names to reflect our broader focus

- Bruce Hagen of Bike Law Georgia on systemic bias against people on bicycles after a crash

11:40-12:30PM – Session 2 – Empire Room, Ligotti 1 and 2

- LaMiiko Moore and Stephen Spring of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition on their bicycle education program in City of Atlanta schools

- Ken Rose of the CDC on public health benefits bicycling/walking infrastructure

- Lisa Hayes and Dawn Chandler of the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League and NICA's Girls Riding Together Program on getting #morekidsonbikes

12:30-1:15PM – Lunch – Empire Room

1:15-2:30PM – Afternoon keynote – Ayesha McGowan

2:40-3:30PM – Session 3 – Empire Room, Ligotti 1 and 2

- Charise Stephens of Georgia Fitness Festival and Coach Chris Johnson of the Dream Team on the Dream Team in Macon and Dublin

- Jared Draper of Toole Design Group on the Athens in Motion bicycle/pedestrian master plan.

- Steven Cousins and Julie Wells of Relay Bikeshare on progress and challenges of bikeshare

3:40-4:30 – Session 4 – Empire, Ligotti 1 and 2

- Tiffanie Miller of Raleigh-Electric on the promise of e-bikes in Georgia

- Nedra Deadwyler of Civil Bikes 

- Thomas Scarboro of 3 Feet Please and Tyler Dewey of BikeAthens on educating drivers about bicyclists


After the program: 

- Go to LatinX Fest in downtown Athens, taking place 12-8pm. Food trucks, vendors, art, music, and more! A short ride or walk from the Classic Center on Washington Street between Pulaski and Hull -

- Want to watch the Georgia vs LSU football game?

Kickoff is at 3:30pm.  We recommend going to the Georgia Theatre (215 North Lumpkin) or Max Canada (243 West Washington)

- BikeAthens' Bicycle Recycling Program is open to 6PM on Saturday - drop by to learn about the program or volunteer to help fix bikes! 1075 W. Broad St,

Dinner is on your own

Evening event at Creature Comforts Brewing Company, 271 West Hancock from 8-10PM. Look for the Georgia Bikes tent.


Sunday October 14

- Three rides for Summit attendees who have stayed in town, all meeting at the Classic Center at 11AM:

1. In-town mountain bike ride with SORBA-Athens, going to Trail Creek and the UGA Intramural Field trails, using the North Oconee River Greenway to connect the two

2. Road bicycle ride to Winterville, lead by BikeAthens Board member and unofficial "bike mayor" of Athens. 25 miles, chill pace, no drop. 

3. Cruise around town ride with BikeAthens' Scott Long and Georiga Bikes' Elliott Caldwell  to check out the Firefly Trail, new North Oconee River Greenway segments, and more. 


-  BikeAthens' Bicycle Recycling Program is open to 2-4:30PM on Sunday - drop by to learn about the program or volunteer to help fix bikes! 1075 W. Broad St,



We have blocks of hotel rooms already reserved at a number of locations. See below for hotel options:

Hyatt Place
412 North Thomas (next door to Classic Center, connected) 
$149 for King or 2 Queen
Use code G-BSU8

Graduate Athens 
295 East Dougherty (1/3 mile from Classic Center)
$159 for King or 2 Queen room

Best Western
170 North Milledge (1 mile from Classic Center)
$129 for King or 2 Queen room

Georgia Gameday Center
250 West Broad (1/2 mile from Classic Center)
Suite-style rooms with full kitchens, $200 for 2 bedroom
Call Front Desk (706-583-4500) and use code GBS18

SpringHill Suites 
220 South Hull (1/2 mile from Classic Center)
$159 for King or 2 Queen

Congratulations to Columbus, GA!

Good news for those who live, work and visit Columbus, GA — CCG Council just passed critical amendments to their Complete Streets Policy! These measures will greatly strengthen the policy, allowing for more transparency and accountability. The changes included:

  1. Adopting specific engineering design guidelines for the application of bike, pedestrian, and transit facilities; including acknowledging the role that aesthetic design can have for encouraging safe and welcoming streets.
  2. Creating a committee to publicly address and make transparent the process of how CCG/GDOT decide which roadways may be feasible for Complete Street implementation. This committee shall abide by objective, quantifiable, criterion when evaluating a corridor for the feasibility of a complete streets application.
  3. Requiring the committee to provide status updates to the public on the state of complete streets project implementation and other metrics that are crucial to monitoring and allowing stakeholders to have the data and information available to them in order to help direct public discourse.

Click here to read the full text amendments.

A little bit of history...

In 2014, City Council passed Resolution 92-14, authorizing a Complete Streets policy based on the statewide policy issued by the Georgia Department of Transportation. This resolution made clear that Columbus would make an effort to be inclusive of all modes of transportation including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, persons with disabilities, and would encourage transportation projects to consider safety and mobility.

While this has been a step in the right direction and new projects are now being designed with other users in mind, more could be done on the policy side to ensure that these state and national objectives are being met in the long-term future. Georgia Bikes, local supporters and the office of the Mayor proposed that Columbus look to other cities that are leading the way in complete streets in order to strengthen the Columbus Complete Streets policy and continue to promote equitable transportation. The Planning Department then drafted these proposed amendments to strengthen the policy. 

A big thank you goes out to our supporters, including Bicycle Columbus, Voices for Healthy Kids, The National Complete Streets Coalition, American Heart Association, AARP GA and many more.

The next time you see a Columbus Council Member or Planning Department staff person, make sure to thank them for their support of safer streets for all road users!


Interested in learning more about the process to write and adopt a Complete Streets Policy for your city or county? Contact Caila Brown, GA Bikes Complete Streets Program Manager, for assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..