Tell us about bicycling conditions in your community

We are asking Georgia residents and local cycling organizations to submit field reports about what they are seeing on neighborhood streets, sidewalks, and trails in their communities.

More people biking, walking and rolling? More kids? Different times of the day when folks are getting out?

How about driver behaviors? More attentive or less? Increased speeding?

Any other changes in how people are getting around?

Please share so we can assemble more crowdsourced data. Email info@georgiabikes.org and let us know what’s happening where you live.

Resources for teaching bike safety at home

Looking for something to keep the kids engaged in learning and safe on their bikes? We’ve a webpage to aggregate links to videos, activities, and other resources for parents, guardians, relatives, and caregivers interested in teaching bike safety at home. With schools closed, it’s important for children to engage in healthy outdoor exercise. However, children and adults must ride safely to prevent injuries that could place demands on already burdened healthcare providers and emergency responders.

Bike shops are essential services

We are working to make sure that bicycle shops remain open and are included in any statewide essential service designation. So far, Georgia has not shut down bike shops in our state as non-essential and we hope they don’t. Georgia residents rely on bicycles for transportation, including healthcare and retail workers (grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).

Georgia cities, including Athens, have enacted their own ordinances and we were able to keep bike shops open there. Please contact us if you own a bicycle shop/business that has been required to close because of a local ordinance. We can work to get changes made so you can stay open and serve customers. You can also use this guide from QPB to communicate with local or state officials and educate them on why bike shops are essential to Georgia’s communities. 

We have  included additional guidance for bike shops and co-ops in our Cycling and Coronavirus Resource Guide.

Resources for safe cycling amid coronavirus outbreak

We have assembled resources about cycling during the COVID-19 virus outbreak and will update them as new material becomes available. However, please consult guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and local authorities as your primary sources of information about safety in your community. You can also use our directory to connect with cycling organizations around Georgia for information on local riding conditions. READ MORE

Read moreResources for safe cycling amid coronavirus outbreak

Annual event at the State Capitol informs lawmakers about issues important to bicyclists

Our mission is to improve bicycling conditions and promote bicycling throughout Georgia, a significant task in a state as large as ours. To accomplish our mission, we partner with and support bicycle advocacy organizations around the state as well as our statewide partner on pedestrian issues, PEDS. We also serve as your voice at the State Capitol, ensuring that lawmakers are aware of the issues that affect people who ride bikes in Georgia.

These two efforts came together earlier this month when we hosted the annual Biking and Walking Breakfast for legislators. We were joined at the Capitol by biking. walking, and rolling advocates from around the state, who engaged with elected officials to discuss how they can help make Georgia safer for people who bike, walk, and roll. Read all about this year’s Biking and Walking Breakfast and the legislation we are tracking for you this year here: Bike-Friendly Agenda meets legislature.

Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, set for April 1-4 in Jacksonville, now a virtual summit

UPDATE

After careful evaluation of the evolving circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 and consultation with key event partners, the East Coast Greenway Alliance has made the decision to shift the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit from a four-day event in Jacksonville, Florida, April 1-4, to a virtual #GreenwaySummit during the same time period.

Join our friends at the East Coast Greenway Alliance in Jacksonville April 1-4 for the 2020 Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit. Professionals from many fields — planning, recreation, public health, transportation and community development — will gather to share best practices, strengthen networks, and influence trail and greenway development in the Southeast region. Highlights of the Summit include a keynote from 8 80 Cities founder Gil Penalosa keynote, 30+ impactful breakout sessions, nine mobile workshops and access to Art Walk and Open Streets events. Together, let’s build a more sustainable Southeast.

The Southeast Greenways & Trail Summit is part of a busy summit season, which also includes the 2020 Youth Bike Summit (Atlanta, March, 27-29), the Georgia Walks Summit (Columbus, April 16-17), and the Georgia Trail Summit (Augusta, May 3-4).

You can keep up with conferences, rides, and all sorts of other bicycling events in Georgia on our new comprehensive events calendar. 

League Cycling Instructor seminar scheduled for Sept. 11-13 in Macon

Update (June 16, 2020): The League of American Bicyclists is currently evaluating the possibility of offering LCI seminars in a virtual format. Please delay registering for the seminar until further notice. We will update as soon as we have more information.

Georgia Bikes, Bike Walk Macon, and the League of American Bicyclists are hosting a League Cycling Instructor Seminar in Macon, Sept. 11-13. After earning certification through this 3-day, League of American Bicyclists Coach-led seminar, instructors are credentialed to teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults.

The LCI Training Seminar focuses on teaching and demonstration techniques used with future students both on the road and in the classroom. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists and youth. The seminar does not emphasize the content or specific details of the cycling course curricula. It is primarily about teaching, and each candidate will have opportunities during the seminar to practice facilitating parts of the Smart Cycling curriculum, both in the classroom and in parking lot skills drills.  

Successful candidates will have a strong working knowledge of bikes and bike maintenance and a great deal of experience riding in high traffic scenarios. Successful candidates also have strong core values aligned with philosophies of the League, including helmet use, bicycling infrastructure, and full incorporation of the idea that all people who ride bicycles are equal cyclists, regardless of political affiliation, race, gender, age or religion, and that all students deserve respectful, polite and meaningful instruction. Completion of a Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 course is a prerequisite for attending a seminar. League of American Bicyclists membership ($25-40)  is also required for insurance purposes.

The registration fee is $350. More information on the LCI seminar format and requirements can be found on the LAB website.

Scholarships, lodging assistance available

Georgia Bikes is offering financial assistance with the seminar registration fee, along with assistance with League of American Bicyclists annual membership. In addition, Bike Walk Macon will arrange lodging with local hosts for those who request it. For more details and an application for scholarship support and/or lodging assistance, email Elliott Caldwell.

Please note, cancellation and transfer requests must be sent via email to education@bikeleague.org. The cancellation policy applies to all candidates whether the registration is being paid by an individual or by an organization. Please review the full cancellation policy (Click on “What is the cancellation policy?”)

Carrollton selected to host 2020 Georgia Bike Summit

Nearly 200 bicycle advocates, industry representatives, planners and elected officials will roll into Carrollton for the 2020 Georgia Bike Summit, Sept. 18-19.

“We are very excited to bring the 11th Annual Georgia Bike Summit to Carrollton,” said Georgia Bikes Executive Director Elliott Caldwell. “With the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) also coming to Carrollton this summer, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for bicycling in the area.”

Each year, Georgia Bike Summit brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to share best practices, disseminate information and collaborate in building a bicycle-friendly Georgia. A secondary purpose of the summit is to showcase the bicycle culture and amenities of communities throughout the state.

“Carrollton has really focused on being a great place to ride a bicycle,” said Caldwell. “The dedication of many community members, the local government in creating the GreenBelt, as well as better on-road infrastructure, is bearing fruit with these kinds of events coming to Carrollton.“ In 2018 Carrollton earned Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists. The League praised the city for embarking on a “bold vision to improve cycling.”

The Bike Summit is Georgia’s only statewide gathering for bicycle advocates. This is the first time the event is being held in Carrollton after being held in larger cities and on the coast for its first 10 years. Caldwell said the 2016 Georgia Trails Summit in Carrollton, which several Bike Summit organizers attended, positively influenced the decision to award the city the 2020 event.

Smart Growth America Transportation and Health Equity study provides guidance for Georgia

Informed by 92 health and transportation experts from across the country (including Georgia Bikes), a new report from Smart Growth America identifies the best strategies to advance health equity through transportation.

This is must read material for active transportation advocates in Georgia, as health equity is central to the argument we are making (locally and statewide) to improve conditions for bicycling, walking, and rolling in our state! Read the executive summary or download the full report.

 

 

2020 Youth Bike Summit to be held in Atlanta, March 27-29

The Youth Bike Summit is coming to Atlanta March 27-29 2020!

The Youth Bike Summit is a three-day national conference bringing together students, educators, advocates, researchers, policy makers and community leaders to gather and share ideas, give youth a voice, and encourage civic engagement and advocacy.  Through workshops, presentations, keynote speakers, discussion, and visioning, dialogue in transformed into action.

We look forward to working with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the BRAG Dream Team on the event, getting youth from around the state to attend YBS, as well as play host to visitors from around the US and world.