A lot has changed! Our name (changed to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition), our location (moved two years ago to downtown Atlanta) and our phone number (this number is who knows how old...)
Current name, address and phone:
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
213 Mitchell St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Wow, finally, a real "conversation."
I wish! I wish the Sierra Club had taken the high road they set out on in staking out the Vote No territory with the Tea Party, and created the true conversation with both sides' best points laid out fairly and articulately by passionate and informed advocates.
I'm having a better conversation with a friend who is voting against the measure on Facebook - we're both learning and becoming better informed, even if neither of us is changing our vote, we are increasing mutual respect for each others' position.
My conclusion after watching this is that some people care more about being quote-un-quote right than actually doing anything about transportation.
I did giggle at the hipster misstating my own statements about the project list and concluding, "I will just ride my bike everywhere." That was kind of funny.
A few corrections:
1. "...a 3 foot bike lane on a superarterial road... " 3 feet is Georgia's safe passing distance, passed into law recently due to the advocacy work of Georgia Bikes, not a bike lane width. The bare minimum width for a bike lane is 4 feet per national guidelines (AASHTO).
2. If you read the project descriptions, almost all of the bike infrastructure along arterials, much less super-arterials, are multi-use trails, not "3 feet of asphalt" [see correction above]. They're probably referring to Tara Boulevard, but citing an exception isn't a great way to make a policy point.
Definitely check out the Seersucker Social bike ride after Atlanta Streets Alive! Then Sat night there's a cool film series http://modern-atlanta.org/ma/ma-screening-… and Evolverfest at Lake Claire.
Busy day - come play in the street with us to start it off! Find us on FB - facebook.com/atlantastreetsalive
Initially there was not going to be any bike lane on this bridge. So nice to see one has been added to the design! But we're thinking south side (ie right side) of the one-way street would be a better design.
Otherwise cyclists traveling straight at the light would likely be at risk from left-turning drivers, plus it would be more consistent with other one-way streets with bike lanes in Atlanta...
Last night on my bike commute home I caught up to another girl and commented on her cute bike. She proceeded to run the next four red lights, prompting me to come to this realization: she likely interacted with many more motorists than I did on my route home, because I rode mostly with the same group as I stopped at all the red lights. I usually catch up to cars at the next light.
By running each light, she was seen by ~5-15 cars at each intersection, while I was probably seen by 5.
Multiplied by the length of her route, we have one red-light running cyclist creating a large number of negative encounters with drivers, while my law-abiding behavior creates only a few positive impressions. Hmmm...something to think about if you're one of those cyclists justifying red-light running.
Not that I'm perfect - I just try, on all modes of transportation, to follow traffic laws, which BTW are NOT all the same for bicycles and motor vehicles. I've seen how places with little or no regard for laws or civil society work, and it's not a pretty picture!
Same road, slightly different rules, slightly different rights: cyclists required to ride as far to the right as "practicable" (not as possible), to ride no more than two abreast in a lane, and are restricted from limited access highways.
Plus most streets do not have specific accommodations for cyclists, despite the lesser damage bicycles inflict on roads, and despite the fact that cyclists overpay for local road improvements, which are primarily funded through local property taxes. Cyclists may be required to use a separated path ONLY when it is exclusively for the use of bicycles. Cyclists are not required to use a bike lane if provided, since bike lanes often accumulate road debris if not maintained, or because a cyclist may need to make a left turn.
To QuestionMan and anyone else who's wondering, "Who can illuminate me on the meaning of those signs on the road showing a biker with two arrows (i.e., the ones shown in the photo in this story)? What should drivers do differently when they see them?"
Sharrows, or shared lane markings, do several things, as O noted, were originally designed to move cyclists out of the "dooring zone," the space a car door takes up when opened. But studies of extensive sharrow systems have found the biggest safety impact is in reducing wrong-way riding, which has received no mention on this comment thread, but is the most dangerous type of biking behavior out there. They also result in car drivers giving slightly greater distance when passing and passing at slower speeds, as well as reducing dooring instances.
The reason you're going to be seeing more of then in the ATL is that they don't take up any extra space - they are to remind people that all lanes (except interstates) are shared lanes, vitriol aside :-) You don't need to do anything differently - just pass at a reasonable speed, going at or below the speed limit, and give at least three feet between your car and the driver.
Thanks for asking! We're working on a little public education campaign on sharrows with the city to launch this fall.
Great comment, C-Note! Couldn't agree more.
I would like to add that we all are capable of making good and bad decisions, and we need streets that encourage safer decisions while discouraging dangerous choices.
I completely agree that cyclists need to follow all traffic laws, and that's what our organization, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, teaches in our classes.
I am a daily bike commuter and I've started tracking the number of cars who run red lights versus bikes.
95% of those I see running red lights are drivers of cars.
And cars have a lot greater potential to really hurt or kill someone - whether a person walking, riding a bike, or in another car - when they run a red light, whereas cyclists are mostly endangering themselves (and drivers' respect...)
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