Opportunity for Event Planning With Atlanta Streets Alive

By Jess Windham, VHCA Board Vice President

DSC_0022Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) hosts another Atlanta Streets Alive this fall on the North Highland corridor through Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland, Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. On September 25th, the street will be closed to cars and opened to people on foot or bicycle to explore the community in a safer, healthier and more livable way. 

To spark and guide local neighborhood participation, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition asks each neighborhood to provide an ambassador. This person engages with ABC in the weeks leading up to the event, meeting for an hour or two every few weeks. You’ll learn the game plan for the event and spread the word to the community about the event through any and all effective channels. 

More information on the event can be found here.

If you’re interested in having fun as VaHi’s Atlanta Streets Alive ambassador, please contact Haydee M Santana at Haydee@AtlantaBike.org and cc me at jlwindham@gmail.com

Streets Alive Returns to VaHi September 28

Save the date for the next Atlanta Streets Alive: Sunday, September 28 from 2-6 pm.

The route (see map below) is a 4.5 mile loop on N. Highland + Highland + Boulevard + North Avenue — similar to the one that drew over 83,000 Atlantans to run, walk, dance and play in the streets last year! Five amazing Atlanta neighborhoods, connected by open streets for all.

Click here for more information on this great event organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. 

Click here for a list of road closures and locations where vehicles can cross the event route.

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2014 Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour Set for June 14

ABC LogoBeltline_logo_finalPassing along the following from our friends at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership:

The Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition are teaming up for the 7th Annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Featuring “The Full Atlanta BeltLine” 27-mile route and “Atlanta BeltLine East Meets West” 16-mile route, the Tour will celebrate cycling and the city while tracing the current and proposed Atlanta BeltLine corridor along paths, parks, and neighboring streets through 45 Atlanta neighborhoods. 

  • The Full Atlanta BeltLine (27 miles) – This route traces the entire Atlanta BeltLine corridor and will make you fall in love with Atlanta.  Some highlights include: the Eastside Trail, the Ormewood Ave railroad bridge, D.H. Stanton Park (and splashpad), the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, the Northside Trail, Tanyard Creek Park, and Piedmont Park.
  • Atlanta BeltLine East Meets West (16 miles) – This more-condensed option takes you along a section of the Eastside trail before crossing town to some beautiful parks along the Atlanta BeltLine’s west side.  Highlights include: the Sweet Auburn Historic District, Adair Park, the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Freedom Park trail.

“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is pleased to partner with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to offer this popular event to Atlantans once again,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Interim Director Rob Brawner. “The community has responded with tremendous enthusiasm to the Atlanta BeltLine Annual Bicycle Tour, as well as the many other programs and fitness classes we have to offer. It’s encouraging to see the project transforming lives and having such an immediate impact on our residents.”

“The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition started this event in 2008 to celebrate the Atlanta BeltLine’s role in making biking practical, popular, safe, and convenient,” said Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna. “Atlanta is becoming a more bikeable and walkable city, and this tour celebrates the potential.”

When:   June 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Arrive by 8 a.m.)

Where: Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark, 830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Registration: Advance registration is $35 adults ($30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition); On site registration rates (if ride is not sold out) are $45 adults ($40 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition) and will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Staggered ride starts beginning at 9 a. m. Details and registration are available at atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com.

For any ride-specific questions, please contact erik@atlantabike.org.

Trees Atlanta and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Host Tour of Trees by Bike

ABC LogotreesatlantalogoTrees Atlanta and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition presents a “Tree Tour on Bikes”, led by ISA Certified Arborist Linc Weis and experienced ride leaders from ABC. The tour will take place on Sunday April 27 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

This family-oriented ride visits the Virginia-Highland Neighborhood Arboretum along quiet neighborhood streets as well as a stretch of the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine while showcasing diverse ornamental and flowering trees. This easy ride has options for 2 or 4 miles of touring and can be managed by most elementary school children. Younger children and cyclists who have yet to develop street skills are welcome as passengers in bike seats and trailers driven by adults. Frequent stops and interesting stories accommodate all ages. Feel free to bring your own refreshments and refillable water bottle for a water stop at John Howell Park. Also, join the group for an optional lunch stop afterward at a favorite Virginia-Highland restaurant.

DSC05064Meet at John Howell Park at 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM departure. Arriving at 9:30 will allow organizers to sign you in, check equipment and brief riders on the route and safety rules. Whereas light mechanical problems can be handled by our ride leaders, our tour will be more pleasant if your bike arrives in good working order. Participants are expected to wear helmets. You are encouraged to bring a bike with gears as Atlanta can be hilly at times.

Participants are asked to pre-register for the event so organizers know how many riders to expect. Register at: http://treesatlanta.givezooks.com/events/tour-de-trees-biking-tree-tour-of-virginia-highland.

Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for help supporting this and other Trees Atlanta Tree Walks!

Virginia Highland Neighborhood Arboretum:
http://treesatlanta.org/wp/wp-content/files_mf/virginiahighlandbrochure.pdf.

Bike rental available here: Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle

Route options the group might take:
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4058832

ABC Report Finds VaHi ‘Ideal’ Possible Location for Bike Share Kiosk

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Bike sharing in Atlanta is one step closer to becoming reality. It’s not exactly known where the first kiosks will go, but VaHi is one of nine areas an Atlanta Bicycle Coalition study found to be ‘ideal’ possible sites.

Click here to read a Creative Loafing article with the latest on bike sharing in Atlanta.

Streets Alive Plans October 6 Return to VaHi

The folks at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition have advised they are tentatively planning to hold another Streets Alive event in the Virginia-Highland area on Sunday October 6. This is in addition to a second event planned this year for Peachtree St. on Sunday September 8 (there was an earlier Streets Alive event on Peachtree in May).

The ABC says that, as with previous events, N. Highland Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on the afternoon of the event. No word yet on whether Virginia Avenue will be closed as well (as was the case with last October’s event).

Here’s a link to the Streets Alive website (no mention yet of the events planned for later this year). We’ll post more information on the event when it’s available.