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.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bikewise: hazard maps for cyclists

Check out Bikewise, a Google map where you can report bike-related hazards, thefts, accidents, etc.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More on transit fares

Flagpole takes a closer look at Athens Transit's plans to raise fares and eliminate The Link service.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Transit debate continues

Commissioners and community advocates continue to toss around ideas about how to manage transit service in the face of higher costs and ever-present demands for more service.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cuts in transit service

Via ABH:

To offset revenue that has fallen by millions of dollars in recent months, Athens-Clarke officials likely will both raise some taxes and fees and cut spending. Among the dozens of proposals:

► Reducing bus frequency along Hawthorne Avenue, saving $158,000.

► Eliminating The Link, an on-demand van service, saving $54,000.

► Raising adult bus fares by 25 cents, generating about $375,000.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rail in GA

Flagpole's editor discusses our missed chances and potential opportunities for rail in Georgia.

Meanwhile, Kevan Williams delves into the role of maps and images in communicating development project proposals.

State trans planning overhaul complete

Gov. Perdue signed SB 200 into law, overhauling "the state Department of Transportation and the way the state plans for and executes transportation projects"

Let's review:
While leaving the DOT board in place, the bill takes away much of its authority and gives it to a new director of planning, who will be named by the governor with the approval of the House Transportation Committee.

But the bill also gives the General Assembly power to decide how to spend a goodly portion of the state’s road-building money.

As reliable as our legislature has been, what could possibly go wrong with this arrangement?