Georgia advocacy organizations working to connect people with donated bikes during pandemic

In Georgia, bicycles are essential transportation for many who need to get around during the coronavirus outbreak. This might include traveling to essential jobs, running crucial errands, or participating in mutual aid for vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.

Bike Walk Macon is partnering with Re-Cycle Macon to connect Maconites who have an extra, ready-to-ride bicycle to Maconites who need one through Bike Match Macon. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has rolled out Bike Match Atlanta

Bike Walk Savannah is taking a slightly different approach. Throughout the year its New Standard Cycles team works with area non-profits and service agencies to assist their clients in finding transportation. During the current crisis they will be temporarily working directly with individuals to provide free bicycles.

Live elsewhere in the state and need a bike to reach important destinations? Or have one to donate? We’ve got you covered. Georgia Bikes launched Bike Match Georgia today!

Thank you to New York City’s Transportation Alternatives for sharing their Bike Match program model with us. 

Cycling in coronavirus coverage from around Georgia

Cycling in coronavirus coverage from around Georgia

As the coronavirus pandemic continues in Georgia, news organizations have taken note of cycling’s role in mobility, public health, and the economy in communities around the state. Here’s how bicycles are making headlines in Georgia:

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See a story we should add to this list? Let us know!

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.

 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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