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City of Atlanta Selected to Host PeopleForBikes Conference in May 2019

Post Date:05/21/2018 6:03 PM
Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

Nikki Forman, Interim Director
404-330-6612, office
470-372-8753, cell
nforman@atlantaga.gov

Michael Smith, Press Secretary
404-546-1465, office
470-372-8752, cell
mismith@atlantaga.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2018

City of Atlanta Selected to Host PeopleForBikes Conference in May 2019

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta today announced that it has been selected to host the 2019 PeopleForBikes Annual Conference. This appointment highlights the achievements and progress made by the City to build a transportation system that is safe, convenient and affordable for all.

Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes is a national transportation advocacy organization that includes both an industry coalition of bicycling suppliers and retailers, along with a charitable foundation. Convening hundreds of local leaders and bike-industry representatives from across the U.S., this annual conference offers tools, ideas and strategies to achieve broader community goals through biking. 

“I am pleased to welcome the PeopleForBikes annual conference to Atlanta next year,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Incorporating quality bicycle transportation and infrastructure offers more options for our residents and visitors to navigate our beautiful city and perhaps to see it in a new and different light.”  

Over the past three years, the Department of City Planning’s partnership with various city departments has accelerated the progress of expanding bikeways. During the PeopleForBikes conference, City of Atlanta staff will highlight local transportation developments which include:

  • Relay Bike Share, Atlanta’s first-ever public bicycle share program;
  • Bikeway infrastructure projects such as the Atlanta BeltLine, Path400 and Path Parkway, which was voted “Best Bikeway in the Country” in 2017;
  • Placemaking projects such as Broad Street Plaza, Cascade Heights Bus Shelter and the Virginia Highland Parklet projects;
  • the Atlanta City Design, Atlanta Transportation Plan and the Cycle Atlanta Plan 2.0; as well as
  • Artist-based bikeway improvements which include the Mural Bike Rack program.

PeopleForBikes released a new City Rating System, which ranks Atlanta in the Top 20 “Best Places to Bike.” Atlanta scored particularly well in the ‘Acceleration’ category which indicates how quickly a community is improving its biking infrastructure and increasing ridership. 

 “Being a bike-friendly city is a constant and consistent evolution,” said Commissioner Tim Keane. “We’re thrilled and committed to implementing additional improvements including protected bike lanes, expanding Relay Bike Share and ensuring all residents have the option to travel safely and with dignity by bicycle.”

Under Commissioner Keane’s leadership, many of the City’s bike accomplishments can be accredited to the dedication of Becky Katz, the City’s first Chief Bicycle Officer. As a result of her hard work and energy, she will be departing from the City to pursue a prestigious Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship in Germany.

The Department of City Planning is currently in the process of filling this unique role and remains committed to continuing to deliver on our multi-modal transportation goals.

For more information on the PeopleForBikes new City Rating System visit: https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org/city/atlanta/

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter @KeishaBottoms

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