The Georgia Bikes Blog

Georgia Bikes on BRAG

June 4-11, our Executive Director will be participating in the 37th annual Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG). During the ride, which starts in Atlanta and ends in Savannah, he will document and discuss opportunities and challenges for improved bicycle tourism in the state. If you won't be on BRAG yourself, you can follow along via Twitter.

 Seeing Georgia from a bike saddle is the kind of memorable, truly unique experience that we should work together to improve. We have mountains, rolling hills, gorgeous rivers and barrier islands, a major metropolis with plenty to see and do, charming small towns, and energetic mid-size cities.  Georgia offers a calender-busting assortment of bike festivals, century rides, parades, and everyday tourism opportunities on paved trails. Georgia ought to be the leading bicycle tourism destination in the south

States that actively encourage bicycle tourism, including Colorado, Louisiana, and Oregon, see tremendous economic benefits. Bicycle tourists are low impact, prefer local businesses, and spend more, on average, than tourists who arrive by motor vehicle. A Montana study found that touring bicyclists spend $75-103 per day, and Maine’s Department of Transportation discovered that bicycle tourism brings in $36 million per year.

Given our varied and attractive geography, great food and southern hospitality, Georgia should be reaping these economic benefits as well.

There are some significant barriers to bike tourism in Georgia, however, including dangerous roads and a lack of statewide branding and promotion of bicycle tourism (see the linked states above for examples of state-led bike tourism efforts).            

The 2016 BRAG route will visit Atlanta, Social Circle, Milledgeville, Dublin, Swainsboro and Statesboro. While our Director is participating in this year's ride, he'll be documenting the good, the bad, and the occassionally ugly issues we need to fix in order to position our state as a leader in safe, family-friendly bicycle tourism. Watch our Twitter feed for live commentary, and stay tuned for a post-BRAG report here on the blog!

Please note that the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia is not affiliated with Georgia Bikes. BRAG is an independent not-for-profit dedicated to providing affordable, quality bicycle tours in and across the state of Georgia. BRAG is the second oldest across-state bicycle tour in the world and attracts riders from across the United States. See www.brag.org for more information.

Sandy Springs TSPLOST Public Meetings 5/11-5/12

Attention Advocates in Sandy Springs/North Fulton County!

Speak up and speak out for bike/ped projects in Sandy Springs.
 
 
Sandy Springs has announced two public meetings this week covering proposed TSPLOST projects.
The meetings are scheduled for:  
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Road
 
Thursday, May 12, 2016- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sandy Springs City Hall Council Chambers, 7840 Roswell Road Building 500
All cities must present their lists of potential projects for TSPLOST to Fulton County by the end of May. Fulton County will create a final list in July 2016. If authorized, the vote will take place in November.
Potential projects include:
 
  • New Roswell Road/SR 9 Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over the Chattahoochee River (partnership with City of Roswell)
  • Mt. Vernon Highway and Roberts Drive Multiuse Path – Phase 1
  • SR 400 Trail System
  • Perimeter Last Mile Connectivity
  • Hammond Drive Phase 1 Efficiency Improvements
More information can be found on the Sandy Springs website:
 
For a letter to ARC on TSPLOST from Georgia Bikes, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, PEDS, and others, go here.
 

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