As promised, I have received and read all six 30-page applications submitted by the cities in Metro Atlanta that are currently designated as Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists (there are a total of twelve in the State of Georgia). There’s a ton of great things happening, some of which I knew and a lot of which I didn’t. I’ve made notes on all of it, including the questions I still have (particularly about the possibility of some greenwashing happening, specifically on 35 mph + roads) as well as new questions* after reading these 180 pages or so last night. I will continue to follow up on that.
In the meantime, stay tuned as I do future posts about my findings. Click here to check out the report cards for Bicycle Friendly Communities in your state all across the USA. I will be also including the People for Bikes city ratings in my post. See yours here!
Finally, People for Bikes just launched an Advocacy Academy that consists of free, short online videos. I’m currently viewing them. Join me!
* A small sample of the additional questions I have:
Where are these roundabouts with bicycle access that several cities mention?
What are the programs to teach bike skills to people experiencing homelessness, also mentioned by several cities?
Was Alpharetta actually the first, before Dunwoody and Brookhaven, to have a Vulernable Road User law? (It’s mentioned in their application.)
Where is this Safety Town?
Where is this bike locker by a MARTA stop?
Where are these video bike/ped counter stations?
What about these grants for free bike racks that several cities mention?
What ever happened with a bikeshare system that was supposed to launch in 2018 in Decatur?