1st Vulnerable Road User Ordinance in State of Georgia

This is the Pardo family. I crossed paths with them while Traveling at the Speed of Bike in our metro-Atlanta suburb-city of Dunwoody, Georgia, USA this past Saturday. They were struggling to get places safely for lunch. I thought of them as I watched* City Councilor Tom Lambert’s passionate speech last night at Dunwoody City…

Meet John Plantaseed

Meet a United States military veteran who goes by the name John Plantaseed. He is disabled and travels around Atlanta in a wheelchair. I apparently crossed paths with him two years ago because I have this picture of him in my A Streetcar Named Aspire photo essay album (which now has 1,232 photos, by the…

As people

Here’s Peachtree Street yesterday during Atlanta Streets Alive. You can see the view from the handlebars below on the same route (with the same added music) exactly a week earlier — with cars: So many people commented yesterday about how interesting and easy it was for us to share space as bike riders, walkers, wheelchair-users,…

55 miles per hour

I’ve been thinking about Johns Creek, Georgia lately as I just turned fifty five years old. Fifty five miles per hour (about eighty eight kilometers) is the speed limit on the main road that connects places to eat and shop and live there (and which, like most roads everywhere, it seems, is commonly exceeded by…

What access-for-all looks like

This is what safe-access-for-all looks like. This woman told me that she has trouble walking and this folding e-trike is her mobility device. The protected bike lane, which connects to both Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Beltline (and beyond), makes the city accessible. (And I love how she scans over her shoulder for the approaching…

Not open for business

If your city leaders are adding paths in the woods that are only “open” from dawn to dusk, they have just spent thousands of tax dollars on a purely recreational amenity that cannot be considered part of your city’s transportation network. Case in point: it is currently dark when bike commuters and children-on-bikes go to…

Um, no thanks

Um, no thanks, to bikey scene #1 (which is precariously close to the exact spot where The Incident happened, by the way). Yes to bikey scene #2 (which is where I chose to go instead). Hint: If your city’s bike infrastructure doesn’t provide safe, equitable access-for-all in the fog or rain, or if it is…

New standards

I see on the latest paving schedule for my metro-Atlanta suburb-city (which is kind of my city hall’s local Bible) that a significant part of this main road (which leads to a shopping center and a church and serves as a major connector to the rest of the city — it’s also my only way…