- Last Updated: Monday, 14 March 2016 19:36
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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!
Bids are due by April 8th.
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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.
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 cion 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/
For additional local information about the partnerships, please contact State Bicycle and Pedestrian Engineer, Katelyn DiGioia at 404.635.2834.
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!