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NEWS RELEASE

12/20/17

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Grant To Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

(ATLANTA) The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is pleased to announce it has received a $64,139 from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).  The grant, which will continue through September of 2018, will make possible bike safety education and outreach, with the goal of reducing bicycle crashes and injuries.

“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

“As we work in partnership to create a culture of bike safety in Atlanta, hands-on training and encouragement go a long way. This grant supports our programs and initiatives that aim to make biking equitable, safe, and appealing, in order to create a more livable city, accessible to all,” said Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna.

The GOHS-funded education program will include a total of 32 free bike classes of various types between Oct 2017-2018, with the goal of reaching over 500 Atlantans with the trainings. Class types include Urban Confidence Rides, Hack Your Commute, College + Community Bike Safety, bike safety classes for pre-existing groups, and development of a ticket diversion program for those who receive tickets for bicycle traffic violations. The ticket diversion program aims to reduce the burden of fines on low-income residents, and increase awareness of bicycle safety.

Atlanta is the 20th safest large city for biking in the U.S., as measured by bicycle fatalities per 10,000 reported bicycle commuters. Yet in the state of Georgia, according to available crash data, the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and DeKalb County have among the highest total number of bicycle crashes. Between 2010 and 2015 the city of Atlanta had the second most bicycle crashes (810), just below Savannah, and the third highest number of bicycle fatalities (8), below Savannah and Augusta. These areas also show among the highest rates of cycling in the state.

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Founded in 1991, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is a membership-based nonprofit. The work includes advocacy for a safe and connected network of bikeways and better conditions for bicycling, education for bicyclists and drivers on safety, resources to overcome barriers to biking, and opportunities to experience biking in a safe setting during Atlanta Streets Alive.

For more information on the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s award, contact Jessica Driver at 404-657-1955 or Jessica.driver@gohs.ga.gov. For more information on GOHS and its highway safety programs visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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        Nathan Deal, Governor                                       Harris Blackwood, Director