Webinar: Rebalancing Streets for People

Communities around the world are adapting to a new normal. One unanticipated dilemma is how to enable people to walk, bike, and run outside while still social distancing. Popular parks and trails are filled with people exercising, getting some fresh air, and taking care of their mental health. Sidewalks and bike lanes are at capacity as essential workers walk, ride, and scoot instead of taking transit. At the same time, many streets are eerily empty of cars.

The pressure is on to re-balance our streets, at least temporarily, to provide more safe places for people to walk, bike, and run while maintaining a safe physical distance from each other. How do we make this transformation happen? Registration and more information.

Webinar: Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19

During this time of extreme social distancing, much of the local guidance includes outdoor exercise as essential, and many public health experts are reinforcing the importance of being physically active. It’s vital to our wellness and boosting our immunity. However, many communities don’t have outdoor facilities equipped to handle the surge in use, especially as trails and parks close and limit access. For example, typical sidewalks, especially those in denser communities, are not wide enough to allow for 6 feet of social distancing.

Webinar: Bicycling is Essential – How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home Orders

This webinar is about the issue of bike shops being designated as essential businesses.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Pete Piccolo from Bicycle Colorado, who successfully amended their state’s order to say the bicycle repair is essential.
  • Galen Mook from MassBike, who is currently working to bring additional clarity to Massachusetts’s order, but has already clarified that local communities can deem bicycle repair as essential.
  • Representatives from bicycle retailer Landry’s Bicycles and Chain Reaction Bicycles, who have been working to stay open and provide essential services to those who use bicycles as transportation.
  • PeopleForBikes who are working with the bicycle industry on this and other issues. They have an excellent spreadsheet of state orders affecting bicycling and numerous resources on industry efforts.

Webinars, virtual events provide forums for bicycle advocacy and education

Cycling groups and other organizations are hosting webinar and other “virtual” events amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Free webinars scheduled for this week include:

The East Coast Greenway Alliance’s Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit is now a day-long virtual event on April 3.

We will add links to additional webinars and virtual events to our calendar as information becomes available. See an event we should add? Let us know

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

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