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Tell GA Lawmakers: A Vote for Bikes is a Vote for Me!

During the 2014 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, state lawmakers formed the "Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding." The Committee studied the conditions, needs, issues, and problems associated with Georgia’s transportation infrastructure as well as the means of funding its construction, maintenance, and repair to allow the transportation systems in Georgia to keep up with the needs of a growing population and to address long-standing issues relating to road congestion, access to industry and economic development.
 
Representative Jay Roberts of the 155th district and Senator Steve Gooch of the 51st were the co-chairmen of the Committee, which held eight public meetings at locations throughout the state from August to November.
 
Among the findings and recommendations of the Joint Study Committee:
  • Create a minimum of $1.0 – 1.5 billion in new annual transportation infrastructure investment to address the challenges facing the state and produce the following results:
    • Ensure safety and good repair of Georgia’s bridges and roadways, throughout Georgia, both in rural and urban areas of the state,
    • Mitigate congestion in the fastest-growing urban and business centers throughout Georgia, and
    • Provide Georgians, Georgia businesses and visitors with multi-modal transportation options, ensuring positive, sustainable economic outcomes.

The full report is available here.

We are very please to see the Committee's emphasis on economic development, transportation choices, safety, and easing urban traffic congestion. Bike-friendly streets and paved trails are proven, cost-effective approaches to solving these complex issues. Safe bicycling routes to school and transit reduce short-distance car trips and make accessing other modesmore convenient and comfortable. Cities that actively foster daily bicycling trips with protected facilities enjoy robust economic growth, innovation, and increased property values. Even small towns that invest in better bicycling reap tremendous benefits from active tourism and a healthier local populace.

We urge Georgia's lawmakers to ensure that whatever state funding mechanism is created will include a meaningful commitment to build safe, family-friendly streets and roads.

Contact your state legislator directly* - and sign the petition to Governor Deal and the Committee Chairs - and let them know that "A Vote for Bikes is a Vote for Me!"

* See our white paper for additional talking points and recommendations for specific solutions

 

Ga Bikes Honored by Wells Fargo through ‘Days of Giving’

Via press release from our friends at the Dunwoody, GA Wells Fargo Bank:
 
Georgia Bikes was honored by Wells Fargo with a $1,000 grant at the Days of Giving celebration in Dunwoody. Georgia Bikes was among 240 groups chosen by the bank’s team members for the recognition across metro Atlanta.  The donation helped push total giving to more than $1.5 million across Georgia since the program’s beginning six years ago.  
 
“We can do so much with this and we appreciate Wells Fargo’s gift,” said Joe Seconder, Vice President of Georgia Bikes.  “Times remain trying for many and the needs are great.”
 
Wells Fargo Area President Jim Lawrence led the ceremony.  “To some a $1,000 grant may seem small, but we know each of these great groups will be able to make a huge difference with this,” he said.  “And collectively this will have a major impact in our community.”
 
Added Michael Knowles, Wells Fargo Business Banking Area Manager, “This is one way we are trying to be the best local bank in Atlanta.”
 
Many thanks to the Dunwoody Wells Fargo for this generous support for safer cycling in Georgia!

Saris + Georgia Bikes award 4 free bike racks

We teamed up with Saris to offer free bike racks to four deserving comunities in Georgia. We received many deserving entries, a sure sign that much more quality bike parking is needed throughout Georgia. 

We're very happy to announce our winners:

Alpharetta, downtown business district
Cave Spring, Welcome Center
Dahlonega, downtown business district
Savannah, The Collins Quarter
 

Congratulations! You'll be receiving your free Bike Dock in 3-4 weeks so that your customers, visitors, and residents will have safe, secure bike parking. Many thanks to Saris for providing this opportunity!
 

 

 

 

GA Bikes awarded $84k grant from GOHS

With funding from Georgia's "Share the Road" specialty car tag, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded an $84,000 grant to Georgia Bikes to improve bicyclist safety in the state. This award represents the fifth year of such funding from GOHS and will support free law enforcement workshops, bicycle safety events throughout the state, the purchase and distribution of our popular Bicyclist Pocket Guides, and continued training for our staff in the best practices for bicycle safety education and outreach. The GOHS grant also provided significant support for the 2014 Georgia Bike Summit in Columbus.

With our partners at GOHS, we're working to reduce the number of bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries in Georgia. We sincerely thank GOHS for their commitment to safer roadways for all users and look forward to utilizing their support to improve bicyclist safety in Georgia.

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