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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!   

Schedule of Events:

    Friday night -  Ride with Bike Walk Macon and after-ride 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

    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. 

Call for Presenters

Session proposal form is here

Registration

Registration will go live on Tuesday August 22nd. 

Host Hotel

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

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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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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.

 

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