I ride my bike in the City of Atlanta (and elsewhere, so my view of biking here is broadly informed). I serve pro bono as the first Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor as part of a global consortium with the Amsterdam-based social enterprise BYCS. I am the only PeopleForBikes Ambassador in the State of Georgia, as well as one of fewer than two dozen certified League Cycling Instructors with the League of American Bicyclists in the state. I am the first survivor of a Vulnerable Road User violation in the southeastern United States. I bear rubber-hits-the-road witness in our world-at-a-crossroads, provide unique free resources, and shine a light on people making a difference as publisher of TravelingAtTheSpeedOfBike.com.
I was told I could not attend a free, public “Coffee with the Commish” webinar by someone because I don’t live in the City of Atlanta. He was wrong. See you there.
And let’s stop this sort of gatekeeping, please. It’s not helpful, especially as we are working so hard to grow participation in bike riding and create safer public spaces for all.