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Supporting rides and events

Do you help plan or organize a century ride or other bicycling event in Georgia?

Did you know your ride can now easily and conveniently contribute to statewide bicycling advocacy in Georgia through our Supporting Event program?

It can, and it's easy as peach pie! Our Supporting Event program implements a very simple formula for a win-win partnership:

Better bicycling conditions = more people riding bikes = more turnout for century rides and other bicycling events!

Check out the program details here.

Thanks for your continuing support of bicycling in Georgia!

City of Dunwoody backs HB 180

The City of Dunwoody unanimously passed a resolution supporting HB 180, the "Tony Serrano Three Feet Safe Passing Act" bill. The City of Roswell, a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, has also passed a resolution in support of this legislation. Let us know if your community is pursuing a similar resolution!

Many thanks to Dunwoody's bicycle advocates and City Council for this emphatic support of safer cycling in Georgia!

Full text of Dunwoody's resolution.

Bikes & cars can get along

Outside.com writer Tom Vanderbilt rode the substantial 3.5 hour bike commute with New Yorker Joe Simonetti to learn about the day-to-day challenges faced by the commuter cyclist in the US.

Some noteworthy quotes:

The little things that drivers think are excusable—forgetting a turn signal, weaving a bit as they fumble for their Big Gulps—can range from frustrating to life-threatening for a cyclist.

When accidents do happen, they can generate as much vitriol as concern, as drivers circle their station wagons and trot out now familiar arguments: that the roads are meant for cars, or that cyclists don't pay for the roads—a particularly unwarranted charge, given that local streets are paid for primarily by sales and property taxes. There's a feeling among many drivers that cyclists, either by their ignorance of the law or by their blatant disregard for it, are asking for trouble.

"The majority of drivers go out of their way to give me room, and are decent and good drivers around cyclists," says [Jeff] Frings, a news cameraman and avid rider who lives in the suburbs of Milwaukee.

As various studies have found, the more cyclists and cycling infrastructure a town has, the safer it becomes statistically, not just for cyclists but for drivers and pedestrians alike.

In thinking about how to improve driver-cyclist relations in America, the easiest thing is to simply get more people on bikes.

And finally,

To cycle in America today is to engage in an almost political act, but what's often obscured is the simple idea of pleasure. Andy Clarke notes that bike-component maker Shimano, in some research it conducted with the design firm IDEO, found that when you talk to adults and ask them about their earliest childhood memory, "it invariably involves a bike—exploring their neighborhood, careening down a hill, ditching the training wheels." We need to rediscover that, he says. "They don't want to feel like they have to be Lance. People want to be normal, and they want cycling to be a part of normal life."

HB 101 up for vote tomorrow!

HB 101 will be up for a full House vote tomorrow, February 17th!

This bill is important for improving bicycle safety and modernizing Georgia's code related to bicycles.

For full details, see our white paper.

To contact your state representative, click here!

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