The Bike Walk Macon team is working remotely. To break up the day, they walk, bike, and get some fresh air while practicing social distancing. Join their staff, board members, and local community members as they stroll, run, or ride in the next couple of weeks around Macon and Facebook live our adventures on the Bike Walk Macon page. If you would like to lead a virtual bike ride or walk, call Koryn Young, Engagement Coordinator at 917-412-4661 or email her at email@example.com.
Cycling groups and other organizations are hosting webinar and other “virtual” events amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Free webinars scheduled for this week include:
- Bicycling is Essential – How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home Orders (League of American Bicyclist) March 31, 4:30 p.m.
- COVID-19 Update for the Cycling Community (USA Cycling) April 1, 1 p.m.
- Tactical Urbanism as COVID-19 Response (Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative) April 2, 10:30 a.m.
- Rebalancing Streets for People (Toole Design) April 2, 2 p.m.
- Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19 (Rails to Trails Conservancy) April 2, 2 p.m.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance’s Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit is now a day-long virtual event on April 3.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what’s happening where you live.
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.
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.
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