I'm back from blogger break with big news: I was just named a member of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Host Committee for the annual Blinkie Awards! As such, I'm doing three things:
1. I'm planning on writing a profile of each of the nominees (interviewed while riding? Stay tuned! Nominees haven't been announced yet--who will it be? How much fun will I get to have??)
2. I'll be reaching out to sustainability chairs and mayors of metro-ATL cities to encourage them to join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and get involved with ATL 's increasing bike success (and of course I'll invite them all to come ride Belty with me). Remember, when ATL makes national news, we all win (especially when our cities are doing bikey things too), and Mayor Reed wants ATL to be a national top-10 city for biking by 2016*! That's almost mind-boggling when you consider Atlanta's national reputation as a car-dependent place to live and work.
3. I'm asking any of you who have hotel, restaurant, bike shop, spa, or other gift certificates or merchandise to donate for the silent auction at the event Feb 14 (show ATL biking some love!) to contact me ASAP. It's tax deductible, and the clock is ticking on 2013! Plus, you get listed as an in-kind donor on the program and website and who doesn't want to go public with bike support?
You can read more about the Blinkies here and here .
For readers around the USA and the world, this Atlanta news has big meaning far beyond the Deep South--if even car-dependent Atlanta can get serious about biking, it's possible literally anywhere. * Atlanta's first "cycle track" bike lane on 10th Street by Piedmont Park was just named one of the top-10 bike lanes in the nation by Fast Company magazine. I have video of that to share with you as soon as I can get it off my cell phone!