BikeAthens Blog

News, updates, commentary and more from BikeAthens. BikeAthens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Athens, GA. BikeAthens promotes transportation and land-use policies that improve alternative modes of transportation, including pedestrian, cycling, and public transit options. The mission of our organization is to make alternative transportation a practical, convenient, and safe option for all citizens of Athens-Clarke County.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

new look and location

may 2011
readers and rss feeders, we are migrating to wordpress and have combined our new BikeAthens website and blog. Find us there now and follow our fresh new roll. course we are still on facebook and twitter too, if that's how you roll. Either way we don't want to lose you, so jump on over.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Better Biking Bill

yes! there is such a thing and it's known at HB 101 and it just passed the House public safety committee unanimously! Now is the time to contact your state Rep to support the bill. Find yor official here.

House Bills 101 and 71 go before the GA General Assembly Public Safety committee Feb 9 2011.

HB 101, or the Better Biking cleanup bill, looks pretty good: details here

HB 71 would allow local governments to let bicyclists of any age ride on sidewalks (currently it's just children under 12), which raises important safety concerns for both bicyclists and pedestrians. details here

Monday, January 17, 2011

Serve and March with us on MLK day Jan 17

The HandsOn Northeast Georgia MLK Volunteer Day is Monday January 17! This is a great opportunity to make your day off a Day of Service. You can volunteer at BIkeAthens or at several other organizations that also have great projects for the day. For volunteers, your day will start out with complimentary entertainment, coffee, and breakfast snacks at the Morton Theatre followed by a symbolic march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after which you will head to your project of choice from 10-1.

BikeAthens will be cleaning the shop and salvaging bikes to make the workspace cleaner, less cluttered, and more effective. For more information and to sign up for a project, go to the 2011 MLK Day page.
Check out pix of all the volunteers, the super organized clean shop, and all the bikes salvaged...on our facebook page. Thanks to everyone and see you in March!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bike Friendly Community - public mtg Jan 13

Friends, join us in working towards the designation of a bike friendly community. Learn more about this concept at a public meeting Jan 13 @6pm at 233 Aderhold, UGA's campus. 6 p.m. tonight!. First off, we'll need help counting bike racks in ACC.
We'll also be aiming for a complete streets policy in the future. Read about both here:
1. Bike Friendly Communities and 2. Complete Streets

Know that we definitely need your help! BikeAthens will be assisting the Athens-Clarke County government in applying for the coveted Bicycle Friendly Community designation through the League of American Bicyclists in early 2011. BikeAthens is supportive of this application because of the many positive benefits it could bring: promotion of our community on a national level, benchmarking and technical assistance for the local government, and feedback on what we can do to enhance the cycling environment.

SO, join us at a volunteer meeting TOMORROW, January 13 at 6 PM at 233 Aderhold, UGA's campus. 6 p.m. tonight! to discuss volunteer opportunities - in the meantime (or if you can't come with such short notice!) email if you'd like to be involved!
Cara Sipprelle

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

holiday bikes for 66 kids in athens!

Thanks to our great volunteers we turned out 66 kids' bikes for the holidays this year, only two of which remain to deliver. The BRP is taking an official hiatus through February, except for a big project during the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

We call that a big success and wish you all merry christmas and happy holidays.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ukelele by bicycle tour a success

aaron lee hit Athens for a show upstairs at the Globe on November 18 and kept rolling toward Atlanta the next day for 3 shows and finished up the east coast tour in Americus, Georgia at cafe campesino. read all about it in his ukelele by bicycle blog. and yes, he biked all the way from Maine to Georgia, and all his songs contain the word way or another. its quite a clever and fun show.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

State of the state

Wanna know where Georgia stands on bike/ped projects? Check out these slides from the inaugural bike summit for a snapshot of new policy, routes, maps, etc.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holiday Bikes for Kids

We're gearing up at the shop to recycle, repair, clean and put a general shine on kid-sized bike donations in order to get them ready for our holiday delivery. Check in the shed and the garage and send any small unused bikes our way, we'll make sure the refurbished bikes are then donated to local agencies and schools for distribution. Last year, the trucks were loaded up with over 60 bicycles which were presented to children in the Athens community! More info on the website.

Find the BikeAthens Bike Recycling Program repair shop in studio 6 of the Chase Street Warehouse (149 Oneta Street). The shop is open Sundays 2-4 PM and Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8 PM.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Campaign for Charities

Remember us when you fill out your Campaign for Charities form this Fall and select #194064 for BikeAthens so we can better support transportation choices. We appreciate the community support and all our volunteers.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

REcycle from clunker to classy

Come join us out at the Chase Street warehouses. BRP meets 3 times weekly to recycle bikes. It's fun, rewarding, and even fulfills some folks lifelong dreams. Check it out Mon 6-830p, Wed 6-830p, or Sun 2-430p. Full details on the program located on the BikeAthens website. And read all about it in today's Red & Black campus newspaper.
If you want to sign up to volunteer, you'll find us listed on the HandsOn Volunteer Calendar every month!