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Everything you need to know about school siting policies in Georgia

 

After extensive research and fine-tuning, our full white paper on school siting policies is now available. This paper includes the history of current policies, problems these policies create, and recomendations for improving them to encourage more walkable, bikable schools in Georgia.

For a quicker read, see the short version, which focuses on the policy recommendations.

2011 Rides to Capitol a huge success

March 22nd's 6th annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol was an incredible success!
Approximately 1800 cyclists of all ages and from around the state converged on the gold dome in
downtown Atlanta to show support for better bicycling accommodations and safer cycling legislation.


More than 40 metro Atlanta mayors rode in the event, leading the
pack to the steps of the state capitol building.

Police escorted rides descended Atlanta from Roswell, currently Georgia's
only Bicycle Friendly Community, and nearby Decatur.

Once arrived, cyclists were able to park their bikes and get
snacks and refreshments thanks to the generous folks at Bike MS.

Notworthy speakers included the new GOHS Director, Harris Blackwood,
as well as Vance Smith, GDOT Commissioner, and a host of supportive
metro Atlanta mayors.

Georgia's new Governor, Nathan Deal, spoke to the crowd about
his concern for childhood obesity & the need for more physical activity.
He concluded by affirming that he "supports our efforts."

Many thanks to all of the event sponsors, MAMA, GMA,
the guest speakers, and, of course, all of the riders
who made the 2011 Ride to the Capitol a great success!

Official GMA photos of the Ride here.

For links to more photos of the event,
visit us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Healthy Schools Day

Just received this alert: "National Healthy Schools Day is great day for everyone to celebrate and promote healthy and green indoor school environments for all children and staff."

What about healthy & green outdoor environments, such as how kids get to and from school? A school can't be especially green or healthy if all of its students are riding in diesel buses or being dropped off curb-side by a parent in a car. Not saying National Healthy Schools Day is a bad thing...it just needs to broaden its perspective a bit!

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