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Program - 2017 Georgia Bike Summit p/b Bike Law GA

We are excited to see everyone from across Georgia at the 2017 Georgia Bike Summit presented by Bike Law GA September 29-October 1 in Macon!

The Marriott City Center is the host hotel for the weekend, with rooms available for attendees at a discounted rate. Go here for more info. 

Starting bright and early on Saturday, Newtown Macon will be doing a demonstration of a pop-up bike lane next to the Marriott City Center (a lane that will connect to downtown Macon across the river!)

We will have an updated schedule for the weekend this Friday, but here is the slate of presentations for main day on Saturday September 30th, starting at 10AM:

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

-  Current Trends: Better Biking through Popup and Demonstration Projects; Ian Sansom, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design

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

-  Strategic Partnerships + Collaborations; Erik Speakman, Speakman Consulting

-  Bicycle Safety 101 Step 1: Own a bike?; Patti Sistrunk, Project Manager, Georgia Safe Routes to Schools Resource Center

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

-  Let's Revamp Bike Ed!; Nedra Deadwyler, Safety and Education Programs Manager, Georgia Bikes

- Incorporating Biking Into Festivals and Community Events; Charise Stephens, Executive Director, Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival

-  Youth Bicycle Engagement in the Macon Community; Fletcher Batts, Cycles & Change Macon

- Bicycle Coops + Recycling Programs - Lessons Learned + Challenges from Athens and Milledgeville; BikeAthens' Bicycle Recycling Program in Athens, GA and Co-op de Ville in Milledgeville, GA

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

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

and more!

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 -  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

    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 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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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!

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