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Recent Inquiries on Bicycle Safety

The choice to ride a bicycle is being made by more and more people across the state of Georgia. People are riding for a multitude of reasons: daily commuting and transportation, health and wellness, recreation and tourism, as well as to be social with their friend, neighbors, and community. Many of these riders are coming back after a long time off a bicycle and others are first-timers.

With these parameters, the need for bicycle education is important for both those on bicycles and those driving. Roadway safety is an evergreen topic! A few commonly unknown or misunderstood laws are described below.

On way to center bicycling is to recognize that “Bicycles are vehicles and have the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as motor vehicles” [40-1-1(15, 75)].

This changed since many of us were children on bicycles. “Bicycles must travel in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic, even when in a designated bike lane” [40-6-294(f)].

As things go, cycling is social, “Bicyclists may lawfully ride two-abreast” [40-6-294].

When it comes to use of bike lanes, “Bicycle lanes are set aside for preferential use by bicyclists. Bicyclists are not required to ride in a bike lane just because it exists. In general, use a bike lane when it is safe and convenient to do so based on your destination.”

 For motorized vehicles drivers (cars, trucks, transport trucks, etc.) there are several that maybe unfamiliar to you as they address how to drive with a bicycle present on the road. “Obstructing a bike lane or multi-use path is a misdemeanor [16-11-43]. Working in conjunction, “aggressive driving is considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature in Georgia.” When passing a person on a bicycle, there is a right and wrong way to pass. “The operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall leave a safe distance between such vehicle and the bicycle and shall maintain such clearance until safely passed the overtaken bicycle. The term ‘safe distance; means not less than three feet” [40-6-56]. To achieve distance of three feet, “cars may cross a solid yellow centerline to pass a cyclist if the oncoming lane is clear and it is safe to pass” [40-6-46(c)].

And finally, cyclists who violate traffic laws will be subject to the same penalties as drivers of motor vehicles, except that no penalty shall be assessed against a cyclist’s motor vehicle driver’s license.

Keep these in mind as they address most situations, however, there are more laws and standards of bicycling that any rider will be held accountable of. To find out more about laws, expectations and safe bicycling practices, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of our Bicyclist Pocket Guide. We will ship the amount of copies requested. Be smart and have fun!

Press Release - 2017 Georgia Bike Summit p/b Bike Law GA Sept 29-Oct 1 in Macon, GA

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Elliott Caldwell
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8th annual Georgia Bike Summit Highlights Health Economic Benefits of Bicycling, Renewed Focus on Bicycle Safety

Macon, Ga. – Georgia Bikes, a nonprofit organization working to promote and improve bicycling throughout Georgia, is hosting its eighth annual statewide conference, the Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law Georgia, from September 29 to October 1 in Macon. The Saturday conference will take place at the Macon Marriott City Center, with other events taking place across Macon during the weekend, including Open Streets Macon on Sunday October 1. Under the theme of “Bikes at the Heart of Safety, Health, and Opportunity”, the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit will convene elected officials, transportation and tourism professionals, community leaders and citizen advocates for a weekend of networking and resource sharing.

Each year, the Georgia Bike Summit takes place in a different community in Georgia. The Summit moves in order to expose more communities to the benefits of being bicycle-friendly. Macon was selected as the host for the 2017 Summit because of the progress it is making in being more friendly to people on bicycles, from the founding of Bike Walk Macon (the first bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization in the city) to Zagster Bikeshare to the continued development of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail to Macon Connects, the world’s longest pop-up bike lane network. “Macon is on its way to becoming a bike town and we are very excited to be a part of that evolution,” says Elliott Caldwell, Georgia Bikes’ Executive Director. “Rachel Hollar and Bike Walk Macon are leading the way for safe and complete streets, creating a more bikeable and walkable Macon for all its residents and visitors alike – we are glad to bring the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit to a city on the move,” he adds

During the Summit, workshops and speakers will address policy, funding, and infrastructure issues that can help communities interested in sustainable development and improved quality of life. The main conference occurs on Saturday, September 30th, and will feature workshops on topics such as creative funding for bicycle infrastructure to local youth bicycle programming to the health benefits of bikeshare. Summit sponsor Newtown Macon will lead a demonstration of setting up a pop-up bike lane (similar to Macon Connects) on Saturday morning outside the Macon Marriott City Center on Coliseum Drive. The Saturday main speaker is Nedra Deadwyler, Safety Education Programs Manager with Georgia Bikes and founder of Civil Bikes in Atlanta; she will engage the attendees on re-thinking bike education at the state level. Summit attendees can attend Bike Walk Macon’s Open Streets Macon event on Sunday from 2-6pm, starting at the corner of Montpelier Avenue and College Street.

For more information about the Summit, including registration information, visit GeorgiaBikes.org

2017 Georgia Bike Summit in Macon, GA - Sept 29-Oct 1

   

2017 Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law Georgia

   When - September 29-October 1

    Where - Macon, GA - Marriot City Center as host hotel with events happening through out the city

    Who - All bicycle advocates and friends from across Georgia and beyond!   

    Registration - Registration is live! Go here

Schedule of Events:

    Friday night -  6:30PM - Casual ride/bicycle tour of Macon with Bike Walk Macon, meet at Just Tap'd - 488 1st Street in downtown Macon. We will have bikes available for attendees who can't bring their own.  Can't make it to the ride? We will return to Just Tap'd at 7:30PM for a pre-Summit social event. 

    Saturday - 8AM-10AM - Pop-up bike lane installation (connecting the Marriott City Center to downtown Macon) with Newtown Macon

                    - All day program at Marriott City Center with speakers, presenters, dynamic conversations, and informative tabling

                    - 8:30PM - Unwind after the day's sessions at the Bearfoot Tavern (468 2nd St). We'll have a private room for Summit attendees to relax and catch up.

    Sunday - Join Bike Walk Macon and others in Macon for Open Streets Macon 

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are opporttunities for sponsors at all levels - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a sponsor packet. 

Presentations

10:30AM Session # 1

Thinking Outside the Lane: Creative Bike/Ped Funding Sources - Colin Moore, Grant Writer, City of Jacksonville, FL

Strategic Partnerships/Collaboration - Erik Speakman, Speakman Consulting

Bicycle Coops/Recycling Programs - Lessons Learned + Challenges from Athens and Milledgeville - Tyler Dewey and Scott Long, BikeAthens and Bryce Shows, Coop De Ville

 

11:30AM Session #2

Current Trends - Better Biking Through Pop Ups - Ian Sansom, Alta Planning + Design

Incorporating Bicycling Into Community Events + Festivals - Charise Stephens, Georgia Wellness and FItness Festival

Club Leadership in Advocacy – Let’s Role with it! - Keith Larson, SouthSide Cycling Club)

 

1:15 Main Session -  Let's Revamp Bike Ed! - Nedra Deadwyler, Georgia Bikes + Civil Bikes

 

2:15 PM Session #3

Youth Engagement of the Local Macon Community - Fletcher Batts, Cycles and Change Macon

Roswell to Macon: The Local case for Regional Connectivity - Nathan Sears, Bike Roswell Ride Director, Bike Roswell

The Health Benefits of Bike Share – A First Hand Perspective; Steven Cousins, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

 

3:35 PM Session #4

Suburban Bicycle Advocacy – Small Budget, Big Dreams; Dennis Carman, Bike Alpharetta

Considerations for Cycling Events: Insurance, Safety, and Participant Satisfaction; James Parks,  James C. Parks, Jr. Attorneys at Law, LLC

Bicycle Safety 101/Step 1 - Own a Bike?  - Chelsea Carter, Georgia Safe Routes to Schools Resource Center 

 

Registration

Registration is live! Go here

Host Hotel

Book special room rates at the host hotel, Macon Marriott City Center, here

Scholarships/Financial Assistance

Georgia Bikes wants all people to attend the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit, regardless of income level or access to resources. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about financial assistance. 

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Since 2010, Georgia Bikes is proud to present our statewide annual conference for advocates and professionals to gather, network and collaborate to help our state continue to be a better & safer place for people to ride a bike. If you're interested in learning about our past seven bike summit events, check them out here

The Georgia Bike Summit is taking place in conjunction with Bike Walk Macon's Open Streets event on Sunday October 1st. More info about that event here

Job Announcement - Georgia Bikes Hiring Complete Streets Coordinator

Complete Streets Coordinator Job Description 

The Complete Streets Coordinator is responsible for managing the development, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of best practice “Complete Streets” policies in select municipalities within Georgia. This full-time position will operate from a home office and requires access to a reliable internet connection. Moderate to frequent travel required. Must currently live in Georgia or be willing to move to Georgia in a timely manner. 

 

Primary Duties

- Collaborate with the Georgia Bikes Executive Director on campaign strategic planning,

administration, and evaluation.

- Assist and lead a diverse array of local advocacy organizations, citizen committees, community

leaders and other stakeholders in advocating for safe, accessible Complete Streets, especially in

underserved neighborhoods.

- Develop and coordinate local advocacy campaigns, presentations, public input sessions, surveys

and related activities that will build support for adoption and implementation of best practices

Complete Streets policies.

- Serve as an expert on bicycle and pedestrian safety topics.

- Serve as primary media contact for information on the needs for, and benefits of, strong Complete

Streets policies.

- Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with policy makers.

- Increase the visibility of Georgia Bikes and Complete Streets issues through consistent media

outreach.

 

Professional Skill Development

The Complete Streets Coordinator shall stay informed of best practices in the development,

adoption, implementation, and evaluation of Complete Streets policies by participating in approved

professional workshops, seminars and independent study.

 

Administration

- The Complete Streets Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

- In coordination with the Executive Director, the Complete Streets Coordinator is responsible for

the implementation of all programs within the parameters of the program budget and within the

geographic scope of the position.

- All travel must be approved by the Executive Director and shall be reimbursed within 45 days of

the Coordinator’s submission of a Georgia Bikes Travel Form, documentation, and receipts.

- Office supply and other operation expenses must be approved by the Executive Director.

 

Deliverables

- Bi-weekly written report documenting local advocacy campaigns, presentations, public input

sessions, surveys and related activities that will build support for adoption and implementation of

best practices Complete Streets policies. Report shall include links to media coverage, publicity for

events, and examples of PR and educational materials.

- Quarterly written and in-person status reports with Executive Director to gauge progress toward

development, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of best practice “Complete Streets”

policies in municipalities

- Timely entry of contact information and relevant activities and notes into Georgia Bikes CRM.

 

Compensation

This position is grant funded through October 31, 2017 with continuation dependent on fund

availability. Salary is $32,000 for the grant period, paid monthly. We also provide a health insurance

stipend of $4,800. Vacation and sick leave consistent with nonprofit/public sector norms. Travel costs

reimbursable per grant guidelines.

 

Required Qualifications

- Proficient in use of office productivity software, e.g. Microsoft Office, Google Calendar and

Drive, Dropbox, Adobe Acrobat, social media applications, email

- Personal commitment to active transportation access, safety, and equity

- Familiarity with safe bicycling behaviors and common bicycle facilities

- High level of motivation and self-direction, ability to set goals and prioritize competing tasks

- Attention to detail and accurate record keeping

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Confident public speaker

- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent professional experience

- Willingness and ability to travel

- Current Georgia resident or ability to move to Georgia in a timely manner. 

 

Preferred Qualifications

- Background in active transportation advocacy and/or experience and expertise in transportation

issues, land use, urban planning, community organizing or public administration

- Familiarity with website administration and CRM software, in particular Joomla and CiviCRM

- Able to manage Facebook page and Twitter account with relevant, professional, and engaging

content

 

To apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by

5 pm EST, Monday July 10 2017.

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Georgia Bikes provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Georgia Bikes complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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