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Law enforcement training to continue in 2016

Thanks to funding from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, we are pleased to continue offering our  "Traffic Enforcement for Bicycle Safety" course in 2016. 

The course covers state laws that apply to the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists as vehicular operators on public roadways.

It is free of charge and carries up to 3 POST credits for law enforcement officers.

At a minimum, we need 1.5 hours for the training, a classroom set up for PowerPoint, and a commitment from at least 10 traffic officers who plan to attend.

To schedule the course or request additional information, please contact us.  We look forward to working with traffic officers throughout the state to reduce bicyclist injuries and fatalities on Georgia's streets and roadways.

Henry Co Transportation Plan

Important news for Henry County residents who want to see more transportation choices and recreational cycling opportunities:

Henry Joint County/Cities Comprehensive Transportation Plan process.

The second meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Henry County CTP Update is this Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 pm at the Henry County Administration building located at 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253.

This meeting will be in workshop format. Needs identified through the Assessment of Current and Future Needs Report will be presented for input and suggestions for how to best address them.  Also, we will discuss some of the feedback received from the public last week.

Also, this is the last week to participate in the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HenryCTPSurvey

Public meeting on bridge replacements between Savannah & Tybee Island

Please see the announcement below for a public meeting on planned bridge projects on US 80 between Savannah and Tybee Island, a route in great need of bicycle safety improvements!
 
City of Tybee Island Public Meeting for ·U.S. 80/ S.R. 26 Bridge Replacement at Lazaretto Creek and Bull River
P.I.No. 0010560
 
On Tuesday November 17, 2015, 4-6 pm at the Tybee Island City Hall, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will hold a Public Meeting concerning the replacement of the U.S. 80 bridges at Lazaretto Creek and Bull River.
 
The proposed project would replace the bridges at Lazaretto Creek and Bull River with a two-lane bridge that includes bike and pedestrian improvements. Additionally, it would improve the roadway from Johnny Mercer Boulevard to Old US 80 on Tybee Island with paved shoulders and turn lanes. These changes have been determined to accomplish the purpose of this project, which is to ensure the integrity of the US 80 bridges and improve travel between Savannah and Tybee Island.
 
The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions, and comment on the project.
The meeting will be conducted between the hours of 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The meeting will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation.
 
 
Comments concerning this project will be accepted until Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Please submit your comments to:
 
Andrew Cobb
Transportation Environmental Planner
Office of Environmental Services
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree Street, 25th Floor
Georgia Department of Transportation
Fax: 404-631-1588
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GOHS grant to continue statewide bike safety programs

On October 20th, Melinda Brewer of Walker County was struck and killed by a motorist while riding her bicycle. Her tragic death represented the 21st bicyclist fatality in Georgia in 2015. Georgia’s bicyclist fatalities in 2015 are 40% higher than in 2014. Recognizing this urgent safety issue, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is once again supporting statewide bicycle safety initiatives. GOHS is awarding over $70,000 to Georgia Bikes to implement bicycle safety programs and awareness campaigns in 2015. This grant represents a sixth year of funding to Georgia Bikes.

Programs enabled by the GOHS grant include:

  • Support for statewide bicycle safety outreach and educational activities managed by Georgia Bikes
  • Law enforcement training on bicyclist rights and responsibilities as operators of vehicles
  • Printing and distribution of Bicyclist Pocket Guides, which cover state laws relevant to bicycling as well as tips for safe cycling behaviors
  • Coordination of the 6th annual Georgia Bike Summit
  • Training and support for local bike safety advocacy organizations throughout Georgia

Brent Buice, Executive Director for Georgia Bikes, says, “Many Georgians ride a bicycle, for transportation and for recreation, and many more would like to ride, but they are concerned about inattentive drivers, a lack of safe facilities, and they are unsure of their legal rights and safe cycling practices. By funding education and outreach activities through this grant, GOHS is showing a strong commitment to reduce preventable bicyclist injuries and fatalities in Georgia.”

Funding for the grant comes primarily from the “Share the Road” specialty car tag, which has been available since 2006.

For more about GOHS and its bike safety initiatives, visit http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/bicycle-and-pedestrian-safety/


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Safe route to school leads to happy kids in Carrollton

The impressive Carrollton Greenbelt, a paved multi-use path circling the city of Carrollton, GA, is a big hit with parents, kids, and school officials. With a comfortable place to ride, even pre-K students can bike to school!

More communities in the state could enjoy this kind of facility if just a small portion of state transportation funds were set aside for paved trails and protected bike lanes. Let your legislators - both state and federal - know that your community wants to reap the benefits that everyday walking and bicycling can provide. Let's invest in a sensible, family-friendly transportation system!

For proof of the benefits, just watch the smiling faces and testimonials from the Carrollton families who enjoy this safe, traffic-separated facility.

 

 

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