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2018 Georgia Bike Summit Presented by Bike Law Georgia in Athens Oct 12-14 2018

 

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Come to Athens, GA over the weekend of October 12-14 2018 and join fellow bicycle advocates for events, speakers, rides and more. 

Want to present at the Summit?  We are looking for individuals and organizations to present on interesting and relevant topics on bicycling + advocacy in their communities. 45-50 minute sessions! 

Fill out the form below, deadline is August 17th at 5pm EST:
https://goo.gl/forms/FvQaL9uBe48GT7aS2

Need financial assistance to help cover travel and registration costs? Fill out this form:
https://goo.gl/forms/udmvcefHWnBoV4zf1

 

Program

Friday October 12

- Complete Streets + Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation Workshop, (Time TBD) - Classic Center

- Welcome to Athens Joy Ride, a short, no-drop, fun group ride meeting at 6:00PM - Classic Center. Ride will end at BikeAthens headquarters for party

- Opening NIght Party at BikeAthens headquarters, 1075 West Broad (7PM) with food from Manila Express and music from DJ Background Props and others

 

Saturday October 13

- Full day of sessions at the Classic Center

- Evening event at Creature Comforts Brewing Company 

 

Sunday October 14

- A full menu of road, gravel, mountain bike, and in-town/leisurely rides with SORBA-Athens, Winter Bike League, Nitty Gritty Bike Band, and others. 

Details on registration coming soon!

 

Hotels


We have blocks of hotel rooms already reserved at a number of locations. See below for hotel options:

Hyatt Place
412 North Thomas (next door to Classic Center, connected) 
$149 for King or 2 Queen
Use code G-BSU8
https://athensdowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=g-bsu8

Graduate Athens 
295 East Dougherty (1/3 mile from Classic Center)
$159 for King or 2 Queen room
https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=76665&Chain=21643&arrive=10/12/2018&depart=10/14/2018&adult=1&child=0&group=GB1026

Best Western
170 North Milledge (1 mile from Classic Center)
$129 for King or 2 Queen room
https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.11045.html?groupId=U98IG1F2

Georgia Gameday Center
250 West Broad (1/2 mile from Classic Center)
Suite-style rooms with full kitchens, $200 for 2 bedroom
Call Front Desk (706-583-4500) and use code GBS18

SpringHill Suites 
220 South Hull (1/2 mile from Classic Center)
$159 for King or 2 Queen
https://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=GA%20Bike%20Summit%5EAHNSE%60BIKBIKA%7CBIKBIKB%60159.00%60USD%60false%602%6010/12/18%6010/14/18%609/12/18&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

Congratulations to Columbus, GA!

Good news for those who live, work and visit Columbus, GA — CCG Council just passed critical amendments to their Complete Streets Policy! These measures will greatly strengthen the policy, allowing for more transparency and accountability. The changes included:

  1. Adopting specific engineering design guidelines for the application of bike, pedestrian, and transit facilities; including acknowledging the role that aesthetic design can have for encouraging safe and welcoming streets.
  2. Creating a committee to publicly address and make transparent the process of how CCG/GDOT decide which roadways may be feasible for Complete Street implementation. This committee shall abide by objective, quantifiable, criterion when evaluating a corridor for the feasibility of a complete streets application.
  3. Requiring the committee to provide status updates to the public on the state of complete streets project implementation and other metrics that are crucial to monitoring and allowing stakeholders to have the data and information available to them in order to help direct public discourse.

Click here to read the full text amendments.

A little bit of history...

In 2014, City Council passed Resolution 92-14, authorizing a Complete Streets policy based on the statewide policy issued by the Georgia Department of Transportation. This resolution made clear that Columbus would make an effort to be inclusive of all modes of transportation including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, persons with disabilities, and would encourage transportation projects to consider safety and mobility.

While this has been a step in the right direction and new projects are now being designed with other users in mind, more could be done on the policy side to ensure that these state and national objectives are being met in the long-term future. Georgia Bikes, local supporters and the office of the Mayor proposed that Columbus look to other cities that are leading the way in complete streets in order to strengthen the Columbus Complete Streets policy and continue to promote equitable transportation. The Planning Department then drafted these proposed amendments to strengthen the policy. 

A big thank you goes out to our supporters, including Bicycle Columbus, Voices for Healthy Kids, The National Complete Streets Coalition, American Heart Association, AARP GA and many more.

The next time you see a Columbus Council Member or Planning Department staff person, make sure to thank them for their support of safer streets for all road users!

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Interested in learning more about the process to write and adopt a Complete Streets Policy for your city or county? Contact Caila Brown, GA Bikes Complete Streets Program Manager, for assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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