Great news for people who'd like to walk, bike, or just experience more livable streets in Georgia's future - the state Department of Transportation board unanimously approved a Complete Streets policy today! This design-oriented policy was drafted with input from Georgia Bikes, the statewide bicycle advocacy nonprofit and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition along with many other organizations and experts from across the state.
To note just one exciting element of this policy, it references the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide, making Georgia the first state to have a policy that mentions this progressive document!
The story behind how this came about includes
- Stirring speeches (Bob Dallas pounding the podium during Georgia Bikes' Georgia Rides to the Capitol and the crowd going wild! )
- Good old fashioned black and white ink (an ABC op-ed published in the AJC that same morning calling for a policy)
- A race to the top facilitated by Georgia Bikes' lobbyist (a state legislator who became an advocate after hearing from the public on the single file bill, adding to the general call to action at the state department level)
- Grassroots and professional advocacy working hard in public and behind the scenes! Thanks to everyone who did their part to create the success by making phone calls, attending meetings, and sending emails.
GDOT's Chief Engineer Gerald Ross was the key force behind the policy, cementing his legacy as a thoughtful and best-practices oriented state official.
Happy Georgia Bikes board members, ABC members, GDOT staff,
and GDOT Board Member Dana Lemon, a policy champion, after the board vote
Read more for language from the policy, or see the attached document, or check out Georgia Bikes on the policy here.