Guest blog post: The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
In many cities across the U.S., May is known as National Bike Month. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of people biking in Atlanta and we’re starting to see the bones of a healthy network of safe and connected bikeways that will help even more people ride. The Atlanta BeltLine provides a safe cycling corridor and connections to buffered bike lanes, such as the 10th Street protected bike lane. With an additional 30 miles of bike lanes funded through the city’s infrastructure bond, these measures increase ridership and contribute to awareness and safety of the cycling community.
Here at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, we’re especially excited about the launch of Atlanta Bike Share this fall, expansion of the Atlanta BeltLine, and Atlanta’s position as a Green Lane City (meaning we are dedicated to building more protected bike lanes in the city). Atlanta is well on its way to becoming a safer and more enjoyable city to ride a bike.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition loves getting people together at events like our bike commuter breakfast (this month’s attracted more than 120 people to join the Bike Commuters of Atlanta and Central Atlanta Progress for coffee and breakfast at Condesa Coffee on Auburn Avenue), but we want to make it safe enough to bike in Atlanta that you can have a bike commuter breakfast every morning!
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition advocates for better bike infrastructure and safer streets to make it safe for all Atlantans to enjoy a bike ride any day of the year. Join us for events this May and June to celebrate all the biking progress we’re making in Atlanta!
Bike to Decatur Arts Festival and Atlanta Jazz Festival: Saturday, May 23-Sunday, May 24
Going to Decatur Arts Festival and Atlanta Jazz Festival this weekend? Take advantage of our bike valet services! Just roll up on your bike and we’ll park and keep an eye on your bike! That way you can focus on having a great time instead of worrying about where to safely park your bike.
Bike Count: Thursday, May 28
Ride down the 10th Street protected bike lane by Piedmont Park and get counted as part of the #EverydayBiking competition! May’s theme is baskets, racks and flowers. So pack some flowers in your bag or basket and see you on the bike lane!
Register for Tour de BeltLine
Join us on June 13th in Grant Park for the bike ride of the summer-the Tour de BeltLine! People of all skill levels can find a route that suits them, from those who like to log 40 mile rides on the weekend to those who want to ride with their families. The first 500 who sign up are guaranteed custom cycling caps, but hurry because they’re going fast! Get your tickets here.
Throughout the month, please tweet your photos #BikeMonthATL and show us how you celebrate Bike Month! And keep the biking going after Bike Month is over! Atlanta is a great place to ride. We promise you’ll make some friends along the way, feel happier and healthier, and get to know a whole different Atlanta!
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is your voice for better biking! Our mission is to create a healthier, more livable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation.