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I-285/GA 400 project to include bike-ped trail

Coverage from the AJC on our recent advocacy win to include bike-ped accommodations as part of the billion dollar I-285/GA 400 reconstruction:

"Bicyclists and walkers will have a safe path through a mammoth new interchange soon to be constructed at the intersection of I-285 and Ga. 400, thanks to some dogged community activists.

Georgia Department of Transportation recently committed to provide a multi-use path along both Ga. 400 and I-285.

'The final design for the path will be determined by the design-build team (which is still to be selected),' said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale. 'It will be a separated facility from the roadways. A person would have to scale a tall fence to get from the path to the freeway.'

But these advocates (including but not limited to Bike Walk DunwoodyGeorgia BikesAtlanta Bicycle Coalitionand PEDS) aren’t finished. Some of them met Wednesday with Georgia Department of Transportation planners to seek a trail extension farther north of the interchange along Ga. 400. They also want a safe path across new bridges on Mount Vernon Road and the redesigned Abernathy Road/Ga. 400 Diverging Diamond Interchange, said Joe Seconder, vice president of Georgia Bikes."

 

Columbus GA's newest Bike Friendly Community

Columbus, the state's largest city behind Atlanta, has been awarded the Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

With this award, Columbus joins eight other official Bike Friendly Communities communities in the state

We are thrilled to see Columbus, site of our successful statewide Bike Summit in 2014, receive this well-deserved recognition. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is a strong supporter of better bicycling and safe, family-friendly streets and trails. Her leadership is well supported by agencies like the River Valley Regional Commission, Midtown Columbus, Inc. and advocacy groups like Bicycle Columbus and Complete Streets Columbus.

With a recently adopted local Complete Streets policy and a compelling vision for improved bicycling, Columbus is determined to be Georgia's first Silver-level designee.

Congrats on your award, and keep up the great work, Columbus!

 

Protected bike lanes get federal approval

Protected bike lanes, sometimes referred to as "cycle tracks" or "separated bike lanes," have been officially endorsed by the Federal Highway  Administration.

In this post from PeopleforBikes.org, FHWA states that "separated bike lanes have great potential to fill needs in creating low-spectrum of bike facilitiesstress bicycle networks,"citing last year's study by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities. "Many potential cyclists (including children and the elderly) may avoid on-street cycling if no physical separation from vehicular traffic is provided."

So, what is a protected bike lane anyway? In technical terms, it's an "exclusive facility for bicyclists...that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element." Put simply, it's a bike lane where the first thing a reckless motorist would hit is not you or your children, but a curb, parked car, post, or other inanimate object.

Protected bike lanes are ideal solutions for cities that want to make daily bicycling a safe, convenient, and viable option for residents and tourists. Now, these common sense facilities are mainstream and non-controversial (at least from an engineering perspective).

For expert guidance on how to design and implement protected bike lanes, look to the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide.

Forum on bike safety set for 6/24, Roswell City Hall

In response to the recent series of tragic crashes around the state, we are partnering with Bike Roswell, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Bike Alpharetta to host a public forum, "Remember and Ride On: a Forum for Cyclists and All Vulnerable Road Users."

The forum will take place at Roswell City Hall's Council Chamber from 7-9 pm on June 24th.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on those lost in recent crashes and to suggest solutions in this forum. Organized by the cycling community, this event is open to all vulnerable road users in the State of Georgia, as well as their friends and families. Those in attendance will be invited to sign up to offer a respectful remembrance for an individual lost in a crash and/or to suggest proactive ideas to reduce the incidence of fatalities involving vulnerable road users. All are welcome, whether speaking or offering support through attendance. Remarks will be recorded and are limited to two minutes in each category. Sign in begins at 7 PM, the presentation starts with a welcome at 7:15 PM.

You can join the Facebook event here.

Gov Deal vetoes "Dead Red" law

Senate Bill 76, which was passed by the General Assembly, would have allowed motorcyclists and bicyclists to carefully proceed through an unresponsive traffic signal. Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the bill, which also included provisions altering the allowable height of motorcycle handle bars as well as clarification on when motorists should stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Dea's official statement on the veto:

“While I am sympathetic to the concerns and causes of motorcyclists and bicyclists, this legislation does not provide an adequate solution and presents a confusing exception to motorists. Furthermore, Senate Bill 76 would eliminate the current 15-inch height restriction placed on motorcycle handlebars. Motorcycles equipped with handlebars more than 15 inches in height pose a safety hazard due to the increased difficulty in steering and decreased control. In 2014, crashes involving motorcycles and bicycles accounted for 13 percent of the fatalities on Georgia roads, and I do not see how this legislation will enhance roadway safety. Therefore, in the interest of providing the necessary roadway safety Georgians deserve, I hereby veto Senate Bill 76."

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