Annual event at the State Capitol informs lawmakers about issues important to bicyclists

Our mission is to improve bicycling conditions and promote bicycling throughout Georgia, a significant task in a state as large as ours. To accomplish our mission, we partner with and support bicycle advocacy organizations around the state as well as our statewide partner on pedestrian issues, PEDS. We also serve as your voice at the State Capitol, ensuring that lawmakers are aware of the issues that affect people who ride bikes in Georgia.

These two efforts came together earlier this month when we hosted the annual Biking and Walking Breakfast for legislators. We were joined at the Capitol by biking. walking, and rolling advocates from around the state, who engaged with elected officials to discuss how they can help make Georgia safer for people who bike, walk, and roll. Read all about this year’s Biking and Walking Breakfast and the legislation we are tracking for you this year here: Bike-Friendly Agenda meets legislature.

Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, set for April 1-4 in Jacksonville, now a virtual summit

UPDATE

After careful evaluation of the evolving circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and consultation with key event partners, the East Coast Greenway Alliance has made the decision to shift the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit from a four-day event in Jacksonville, Florida, April 1-4, to a virtual #GreenwaySummit during the same time period.

Join our friends at the East Coast Greenway Alliance in Jacksonville April 1-4 for the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit. Professionals from many fields — planning, recreation, public health, transportation and community development — will gather to share best practices, strengthen networks, and influence trail and greenway development in the Southeast region. Highlights of the Summit include a keynote from 8 80 Cities founder Gil Penalosa keynote, 30+ impactful breakout sessions, nine mobile workshops and access to Art Walk and Open Streets events. Together, let’s build a more sustainable Southeast.

The Southeast Greenways & Trail Summit is part of a busy summit season, which also includes the 2020 Youth Bike Summit (Atlanta, March, 27-29), the Georgia Walks Summit (Columbus, April 16-17), and the Georgia Trail Summit (Augusta, May 3-4).

You can keep up with conferences, rides, and all sorts of other bicycling events in Georgia on our new comprehensive events calendar. 

League Cycling Instructor seminar scheduled for Sept. 11-13 in Macon

Georgia Bikes, Bike Walk Macon, and the League of American Bicyclists are hosting a League Cycling Instructor Seminar in Macon, Sept. 11-13. After earning certification through this 3-day, League of American Bicyclists Coach-led seminar, instructors are credentialed to teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults.

The LCI Training Seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Smart Cycling curriculum, both in the classroom and in parking lot skills drills.  

Successful candidates will have a strong working knowledge of bikes and bike maintenance and a great deal of experience riding in high traffic scenarios. Successful candidates also have strong core values aligned with philosophies of the League, including helmet use, bicycling infrastructure, and full incorporation of the idea that all people who ride bicycles are equal cyclists, regardless of political affiliation, race, gender, age or religion, and that all students deserve respectful, polite and meaningful instruction. Completion of a Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 course is a prerequisite for attending a seminar. League of American Bicyclists membership ($25-40)  is also required for insurance purposes.

The registration fee is $350. More information on the LCI seminar format and requirements can be found on the LAB website.

Scholarships, lodging assistance available

Georgia Bikes is offering financial assistance with the seminar registration fee, along with assistance with League of American Bicyclists annual membership. In addition, Bike Walk Macon will arrange lodging with local hosts for those who request it. For more details and an application for scholarship support and/or lodging assistance, email Elliott Caldwell.

Please note, cancellation and transfer requests must be sent via email to education@bikeleague.org. The cancellation policy applies to all candidates whether the registration is being paid by an individual or by an organization. Please review the full cancellation policy (Click on “What is the cancellation policy?”)