If you’re curious to know more about getting around on a bicycle in the City of Atlanta, make plans to attend Cycle Atlanta Expo 2013. The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development invites the public to attend this event, where you can learn about the services, agencies and future projects to improve bicycle commuting facilities found in the City of Atlanta’s Connect Atlanta Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The Expo is free to all and will be held this Friday, October 4th, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.
Georgia’s First Diverging Diamond Interchange Competes for National Recognition and Scholarship Prize FundsSeptember 19, 2013
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced the top 10 finalists in the 2013 America’s Transportation Awards competition. This year, 24 states entered a total of 36 projects into the competition in the categories of “Ahead of Schedule,” “Under Budget,” and “Best Use of Innovation.” The 10 finalists received the highest number of overall points during four regional contests, representing each part of the country.
Making the cut for this year’s competition is the Georgia Department of Transportation, which submitted the I-285/Ashford-Dunwoody Road Diverging Diamond project. The submission is being considered for both a grand prize and a people’s choice award, both in the “Ahead of Schedule” category. Award winning submissions will earn a prize of $10,000, which must be donated by those state DOTs to a charity or scholarship of their choice.
Should GDOT’s submission win, all prize money will be donated to the Georgia DOT Scholarship Award fund, so let’s pull together for this worthy cause! Online voting for the people’s choice award began on September 4th and will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 2. Individuals are welcome to vote up to 10 times per day for their favorite projects. To vote, click here.
Award winners will be announced on Oct. 20 at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Denver.
Find out more about the health implications that stem from commuting choices and how Georgia Commute Options programs can align with your workplace health strategy by taking part in an hour-long webinar on October 8th at 2:00PM. Subject matter experts from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will summarize key findings from studies exploring the connections between transportation, physical activity and well-being. Learn about some of the successful interventions that CDC has adopted for its Atlanta facilities, as well as programs and resources available through Georgia Commute Options to help you advance your health and wellness initiatives.
Whether you’re an avid bike rider that has pedaled to work for years, or a newbie that is ready to experience the joys of beating rush hour traffic, the Bike to Work Challenge is all about trying a greener and healthier way to get around. Some people ride all the way into work. Others ride just to the bus stop or train station. In fact, at least part of more than 20,000 commutes each week around the Atlanta region happen on a bicycle.
Compete for Prizes and Bragging Rights
Throughout the month of October, individual commuters and teams of two to five people will earn points by riding their bikes to work, participating in bike seminars and instructional classes, and submitting photos for an online contest. You can keep track of how many miles you’ve ridden and compete for cool prizes like Patagonia rain jackets and dry-fit jerseys, not to mention bragging rights on the leader board.
Participants who try a pedal-powered commute for the first time will earn bonus points as an individual or for their team. Whether you challenge a friend, a co-worker or just yourself, grab your commute by the handlebars and register now at www.ATLBikeToWork.org. Head over to the site quickly — the first 100 people to register receive a REI-branded water bottle.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will sponsor a Regional Small and Minority Business Summit on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the MARTA Headquarters Building. The purpose of this event is to provide small and minority-owned firms with a forecast of collaborations, projects, and initiatives which will provide significant contracting opportunities throughout the Atlanta region. Small and minority-owned businesses are invited to attend, where they will be given the opportunity to match-make andnetwork with the primes who are seeking those particular services.
The Regional Summit will be conducted in two sessions on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the MARTA Headquarters Building Atrium located at 2424 Piedmont Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. To register for the Regional Summit, please email Talmech M. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Friday, September 13, 2013, to confirm participation in this event. If interested, please indicate the services offered by your organization within the RSVP.
ARC’s CTP program provides funding for counties and their municipalities to develop joint long-range transportation plans. These plans help articulate local priorities for transportation investments and serve as the basis for building the region’s long-range Regional Transportation Plan.
In January 2013, Fulton County, in conjunction with the cities in the southern portion of the county, held three meetings to present findings on the Existing Conditions and the Needs Assessment documentation of the South Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (SFCTP). The consulting team, with input received during the public meetings and the completion of the technical analysis, drafted a set of project recommendations for the next 20 years.
During the month of September, Fulton County will hold three final public open houses to give you the opportunity to comment on the major transportation investments identified in the Plan. Recommended improvements include pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities, public transit, roadway capacity and operational improvements, bridges, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance projects, and freight improvements. County data as well as maps depicting proposed investments will be displayed and available for your review. Information gathered from the open houses will be used to enhance the project list and finalize the document.
All meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and be held at the following locations:
Thursday, September 19th
Burdett Gymnasium- Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, September 25th
Landmark Christian School
Thursday, September 26th
Southwest Arts Center
For more information, please visit the South Fulton CTP website at www.southfultonctp.org.