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Bike Law updated "What to do in a crash"

Bike Law has updated their guide on what to do in a bicycle crash.

Here is their list of 10 things to do in a crash:

  1. Before you start your ride, make sure you have a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with. (We carry a mini pencil in our seatbag)
  2. Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
  3.  Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
  4. Get the business card of the officer.
  5. Leave your bike in the same state it was after the crash, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
  6. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
  7. Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor’s office. When in doubt go to the ER! Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
  8. Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the crash.
  9. Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get photos of the car, license plate, driver’s license and insurance card, along with the names of any passengers.
  10. Give no written or recorded statements to anyone until you talk to an attorney.

Our friend Bruce Hagen from Bike Law Georgia makes an appearace in this informative new video. Definitely worth watching!

2017 National Bike Summit Recap

 

Last week, Georgia Bikes was fortunate to join other bicycle advocates from Georgia and around the US at the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. I got to return to the city that I’ve called home for most of my life and dive headfirst into ever-changing national bicycle advocacy and federal transportation landscapes.

 

We arrived on Sunday for the League’s annual membership meeting where we heard from League staff and Board about the recent changes at the organization as well as program and committee updates. This includes new initiatives on engaging bicycle clubs, hiring an education director, and the formation of a new coalition on federal policy, staffed by the League’s VP of government relations Caron Whitaker.  Unfortunately, the League's equity initiative is no longer active though the staff and board felt the initiative made a significant impact on programs and the future of the organization; we  would like to see a more explicit commitment to equity at the League through staff positions and specific equity-based programming.  It was great to see Georgia Bikes’ longtime friend Bill Nesper as the League’s Interim Executive Director – he may be a Gator but we are confident the League is in good hands.

 

Monday was the first full day at the Summit and Atlanta resident and Relay Bike Share Marketing and Community Manager Timberely Jones (pictured below) took to the main stage during the opening plenary along with 7 other women to tell their stories about how they got into bicycles and advocacy.  It was great to see Georgia represented early in the program; Georgians on the main stage continued as Neil Walker of Cycles & Change was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the League Monday evening (pictured below Timberely). This is two years in a row for Georgia, as Georgia Bikes’ Nedra Deadwyler received the award last year.

 

 

 

Workshops continued during the week and Wednesday the Georgia delegation went to Capitol Hill to meet with our legislators. 9 people representing 7 different organizations and 5 cities met with staff members from 6 legislators (Senators Isakson and Perdue, as well as Representatives Lewis, Hice, Bishop, and Carter) to discuss the importance of including funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects in any transportation infrastructure package that comes this year. In addition, we encouraged House members to support HR 1266, the Vision Zero of 2017 (which would help fund local Vision Zero plans and aid in implementation) and funding for the Coastal Georgia Greenway. We were warmly received by the staff members, all of whom bike or walk to work and have embraced DC’s bike share system and many multi-use trails; we hope that this enthusiasm for active transportation makes its way up to our elected officials as transportation and infrastructure funding comes up in Congress later this year.

 

 

By Thursday, many Summit attendees had left town, but Georgia Bikes staff remained in DC for a half-day session on the new Active Transportation Leadership Institute; this new initiative aims to help fill the gap left by the dissolving of the local and state advocacy coalition, the Alliance for Biking and Walking. We were fortunate enough to take an active role in the day’s session, as we helped lead conversations on what kind of peer learning and best practices programming would be most useful to our organizations. The afternoon continued with a listening session organized by League staff on how the Active Transportation Leadership Institute could meet local and statewide bicycle advocacy organizational needs.

 

 

Thanks to the Georgia delegation members for making the long trip to DC and representing our state on stage and in workshops at the Summit as well as in meetings with Congress. We appreciate all the hard work of advocates who are trying to make Georgia a better place to ride a bicycle.

 

Job Posting Notice: Georgia Bikes Seeks New Executive Director

Georgia Bikes is now accepting applications from qualified individuals who would like to serve as the full-time Executive Director. This is a salaried, FLSA-exempt position based in Georgia.

About Georgia Bikes

Georgia Bikes is the statewide bicycle advocacy organization in Georgia with a mission to unite people and organizations to improve bicycling conditions and promote equitable bicycling throughout the state. 

Job Duties and Qualifications

The Executive Director of Georgia Bikes is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Preferred candidates will be experienced with a wide range of leadership skills.

For a complete listing of the job duties and qualifications, please see this document.

A successful Executive Director will be able to effectively guide staff, stakeholders, and allies in the implementation of our recently adopted strategic plan. The incoming Executive Director will be charged with leading implementation of the strategic action plan within this framework. Please read the strategic plan here.

Salary and Benefits

Salary for the position is commensurate with experience. The position has flexible hours and office location; the Executive Director can use a home office. Twelve paid holiday days a year and fifteen of paid vacation with a flexible paid sick leave policy. Assistance with healthcare expenses available. 

Location

The Executive Director must live in Georgia but can be based out of any city or community; current staff are located in Atlanta and Athens.

How to Apply

Please send a statement of interest and qualifications as well as a resume via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline is 5pm on March 31, 2017 or until filled. 

Notification and Selection Process

Upon receipt of completed application, applicants will be notified of their status for further consideration.

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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.

Staff changes at Georgia Bikes

After six great years, I am moving on from Georgia Bikes to pursue a new position as the GA/SC Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have worked with a statewide movement for safer streets in Georgia. I give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has served on the Board of Georgia Bikes, guiding me and building this scrappy nonprofit from humble beginnings to the strong and growing organization it is today. Thank you to everyone who ever supported our work, volunteered, or donated money to keep the lights on!

Thank you, especially, to all these outstanding champions for better bicycling in Georgia: Paul, Joyce, and the Serrano family, Bruce, Ken and everyone at Bike Law, Aileen and the Georgia Municipal Association, ALTA planners (past and present), Rebecca and all y'all at ABC, Byron, Corey, Julio, Tyler, John, Katelyn, Mikki, Franklin, Chantelle, Walt and Joanne and too many others to name. Huge thanks to everyone who has been a Board member, volunteer, or staffer at a local advocacy organization in Georgia. It has been an honor to know and work with you, and I am confident great things are in store from the momentum we have built together.

If you live or work on the coast, you’re not through with me yet! I look forward to partnering with you to make the exciting vision of the East Coast Greenway a reality.

The Board has named our current Complete Streets Coordinator, Mr. Elliott Caldwell, as the Interim Executive Director, effective February 20th. Please join me in welcoming Elliott on his new role with Georgia Bikes!

Thank you and all my best,

Brent

 

2016 Roadway fatalities in GA

Statewide, roadway fatalities continued their steady increase, with a disturbing 9% increase from 2015 for both people walking and people riding bikes. This unacceptable trend must be stopped and reversed, and we know the best way to improve the safety of our roadways is through a combination of much better engineering, bolstered by consistent education and enforcement.

On the engineering front, we're glad to see GDOT starting an initiative to fund key projects via the state's regional commissions, but we urge the DOT to preserve and obligate all of the federal funding Georgia receives that can be used to create safe streets and neighborhoods. So far, GDOT has transferred half of its Transportation Alternatives Funding -the maximum amount allowable- for road widening and new constructions. These funds could be used to create safe routes to school, sidewalks, crosswalks, and protected bike lanes, but the state is not prioritizing these scarce federal funds for their intended purpose.

For education and enforcement, we are continuing our free classes for law enforcement throughout the state, and we're working this winter on winning a Vulnerable Road User law, which will 1) define who vulnerable road users are and 2) increase penalties for injuring or killing them. This law will be very helpful for crash victims where DUI or hit-and-run are not factors but where driver inattention contribute to the collision. If you support Georgia having such a law, please call your state Representative and Senator and let them know. Find them here. When you call, just say the following:

Hello, my name is [name], and I am a constituent who lives at [address]. I support a  Vulnerable Road User law in Georgia and ask the [Representative/Senator] to support such a law. Thank you.

At this time, a bill has not been introduced for the VRU law, but he hope to have a bill number soon. It never hurts to build the support early with your elected officials. Thanks for taking time to call your lawmakers today!

See the full summary from GDOT of 2016's roadway fatalities.

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