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Crew from Conyers rides to state capitol

On Tuesday May 8th local trail safety advocates rode their bikes
from Conyers to the State Capital.
 
Their purpose was to meet with their State Senator JaNice Van Ness to underline a raft of important issues for vulnerable road users. The advocates asked for her support of current legislation that clarifies the law protecting pedestrians & cyclists in crosswalks. Other asks included: support of a statewide study of the economic impacts of cycling tourism, support of the East Coast Greenway, support of the construction of 50 miles of multi-use trail in the Atlanta area to truly connect all Atlanta’s existing trails.
 
The advocates spoke at length with Senator Van Ness about local issues as well. Local topics included: connecting the Olde Town Conyers Trail with the S. Rockdale Trail, specific roadways and intersections that are particularly difficult for pedestrians & cyclists, and the importance of all those in our community to have safe transportation options. In addition to the 45-minute meeting with Senator Van Ness, she graciously introduced the riders to Lt Governor Casey Cagle, and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
 
After the meeting under the Gold Dome, the group returned to Conyers via Stone Mountain to complete the 65-mile bike ride using both multi-use trails and roads. When asked about the ride afterwards CRB&TC member Eddie Shirey said it was an overwhelming success. “Senator Van Ness understands the quality of life impact & economic development impact of multi-use trails and safer roadways for all users in our communities... She is a champion to our mission and I am encouraged that she understands the benefits these improvements would bring to our community”. 
 
Information about CRB&TC can be found on their Facebook page.

Accepting Bids for 2016 GA Bike Summit Host City

Do you want statewide attention on bicycling issues and accomplishments in your city?

Would your community like to host Georgia's only statewide conference dedicated to fostering bike friendly streets, trails, and neighborhoods?

Submit a bid to host the 2016 Georgia Bike Summit!

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Bids are due by April 8th.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Good luck!

State of Bicycling in GA

When it comes to biking and walking, how does Georgia stack up?

A new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking puts local and state efforts in perspective in Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report.

The broad trend is clear: Walking and biking are on the rise across the United States. Active transportation has broken through into the mainstream conversation and been embraced by powerful stakeholders. But the real story is far more complex than a single trend line — or simple narrative.

Our transportation choices are significantly impacted by a wealth of different factors — from gender to income to available infrastructure — and a new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking illuminates these often overlooked indicators that shape American mobility. 

Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report collects and analyzes data from all 50 states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities, and 18 additional cities of various sizes. The report traces the rise of walking and biking and explores the intricate intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding, advocacy efforts — and so much more.

So, where does Georgia stand? See below for a quick summary, and check out the full Benchmarking Report for a complete analysis.

The bad news: Georgia's obesity crisis continues, our investment in safer places to walk and bike is fairly stagnant, and fatalities for Georgians who walk and bicycle continue to rise.

The Georgia Department of Transportation provides a daily report of fatalities - motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists- on Georgia roadways.  Bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities have risen steadily the past few years. In 2014, 19 individuals were killed on a bicycle and 22 died in 2015.  Since January 1st, two people have been killed while riding a bicycle: Larry Hardie, a 62 year old man riding in Port Wentworth, and, most recently, Alexia Hyneman, a 14 year-old girl, biking home from a school event February 12th in Midtown Atlanta.
 
While the details of any given crash or fatality are incident-specific, in general it is true that quality infrastructure leads to fewer severe crashes. We are committed to seeing more protected bike lanes and paved trails in Georgia. We are further committed to educating law enforcement officers and motor vehicle drivers about the rights of people on bikes.
 
The good news: State policies, for the most part, support more - and safer - walking and bicycling. For public health, tourism, and overall quality of life, accesible walking and bicycling are recognized by many Georgia leaders as important attributes for attractive, vibrant, and safe communities. Just yesterday, the Georgia DOT announced a multi-year contract with us to improve bicyclist safety.
 
For Georgia to thrive as a family-friendly state where walking and bicycling are safe, easy choices for short-distance trips and errands, we must commit transportation resources to creating Complete Streets that appeal broadly to all ages, backgrounds, income-levels, and physical abilities. Well-designed streets, in tandem with safer driver behaviors, will lead to a reduction in injuries and fatalities and will foster long-term and sustainable economic development throughout the state.
 
Please join us in our efforts to make Georgia a truly bicycle friendly state!
 
 

New GDOT Partnerships with PEDS and Georgia Bikes to Improve Safety in Georgia

A very happy announcement from GDOT:


Thomaston, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is pleased to announce partnerships with Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) and Georgia Bikes. The partnerships aim to increase the safety of people who walk and ride bicycles in Georgia. GDOT recently finalized contracts with the organizations; both have been actively engaged in developing the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and will now have the opportunity to implement several of the strategies included in the SHSP.

Over three years, a total of $613,710.00—90% federal and 10% state funding—will be invested to promote programs that align with the SHSP and make it safer for Georgians to walk and ride bikes.

The contracts support numerous programs including:

·        Providing training to transportation professionals and law enforcement officials

·        Developing updated state Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action plans

·        Inventorying crosswalks that are located at intersections without traffic signals

·        Assessing crossing treatments at bus stop locations on corridors with a history of collisions
“PEDS is thrilled to be working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to spread the knowledge and commitment needed to increase safety for everyone who walks in Georgia,” said Sally Flocks, President & CEO of PEDS. “Together, we will save lives.” Brent Buice, Executive Director of Georgia Bikes, agrees: “We are thrilled to enter into this partnership. This new collaboration will help educate motorists and bicyclists on safe usage of the public roadways and will foster better road designs that safely accommodate all modes of transportation.”

The PEDS website: http://peds.org/ and Georgia Bikes website: https://www.georgiabikes.org/, provide contact information and valuable resources. PEDS will host the first annual Georgia Walks Summit on June 17th in Macon and Georgia Bikes will host its 6th annual summit this fall. Both summits have low registration fees and the public is welcome to participate. We encourage people who support increasing safety for people who walk and bike in Georgia to attend.

About the GDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
GDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program was formally established in 1991 with the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. The act called for state bicycle and pedestrian coordinators and incorporates a broad range of programs and initiatives throughout the state. These include technical assistance, engineering and planning guidance, public information, and educational materials and programs for bicyclists, walkers, and visitors in Georgia. More information can be found at: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Travel/BikePed.

For additional local information about the partnerships, please contact State Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineer, Katelyn DiGioia at 404.635.2834.

RVRC in Columbus GA's newest Bike Friendly Business

Congratulations to the River Valley Regional Commission, Georgia's newest Bicycle Friendly Business awardee! 

As with the Bicycle Friendly Community designation, the BFB recognition is awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. The Regional Commission is one of 12 multi-county planning agencies in the state. The RVRC serves 35 municipalities and county governments in the following 16 counties: Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Harris, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, and Webster. RVRC has long been a champion of better bicycling, particularly in Americus/Sumter County and the city of Columbus. Congrats on your well-deserved recognition!

See TV coverage of the award from WTVM in Columbus, and read newspaper coverage here.

 

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