Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

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The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is Atlanta's largest non-profit bicycling advocate. ABC was founded in 1991 to "create a healthier, more livable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation."[1]

Programs, initiatives, and events[edit]

One of the highest profile programs sponsored by ABC is called Share the Road. This public awareness program aims to educate both cyclists and motorists that shared use of the road is safest and most enjoyable for all. ABC also teaches Effective Cycling classes as part of its work to educate the public on the benefits of cycling.[2] In addition, ABC offers a number of services, like bicycle counts, bicycle valets for events, and bicycle rack projects (in cooperation with Sopo Bicycle Co-op).[3]

Atlanta Streets Alive[edit]

The ABC organizes Atlanta Streets Alive, a ciclovía, which in Spanish means a temporary closing of the street to automobiles for use by people participating in recreational activity, such as bicycling, roller-skating, jogging, strolling, scootering, or skipping. The free event takes place in Downtown Atlanta and the Old Fourth Ward, mostly on Edgewood Avenue. Sections of Auburn Avenue, Park Place, and Equitable Place are also closed to automobile traffic. The event kickoff is held at Woodruff Park.[4] In addition to cultural events, free group activities are offered to participants, including tango, yoga, soccer, hula hooping, and break dancing. In recent years, since 2012, the Atlanta Streets Alive has been extended to other areas of Atlanta, including two being held in DeKalb County, Georgia, in 2015 and 2016, outside of the city limits of Atlanta, nearby in downtown Decatur, Georgia and in the city of Clarkston, Georgia. In addition, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market hosts the Urban Picnic, offering a variety of food trucks for hungry participants. The event is meant to promote exercise, good health, and physical activity.[5] Tens of thousands of people attend the events, which are held in the spring, summer, or autumn months to take advantage of Atlanta's mild spring and fall climates.[6]

The Mobile Social[edit]

Founded in March 2011, The Mobile Social is a monthly, no-drop, group bicycle ride sponsored by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. In response to the Critical Mass cycling events, members of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition developed a social ride that is formal, organized, and aims to promote the following initiatives: 1. Get more people on bikes. 2. Explore Atlanta (west to east, north to south). 3. Support and love local businesses. 4. Create community through cycling.[7]

Bicycle Friendly Neighborhoods[edit]

Connecting the City[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2011-09-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2011-09-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ ABC website http://www.atlantabike.org/. Retrieved 28 July 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2011-10-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2011/06/10/atlanta-streets-alive-beltline-skate-park-opening-beckon-you-on-wonderful-saturday-morning
  6. ^ "Atlanta Streets Alive returns June 25 - Atlanta INtown Paper". 24 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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