Biking has grown in popularity over the past decade, with many cities seeing it as an effective transportation solution that can ease the traffic sprawl across the country. With the low cost, health benefits, and low impact on the environment - biking can make make a big impact on communities, and the government agrees. From this study in Bicycle Magazine, Federal funding for Bike lanes and other projects has grown by nearly 400% - so it's no wonder that advocacy groups like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and events like Atlanta Streets Alive are spreading the good word.
Atlanta is one of the cities that has seen the highest increases in bike usage, and with the Beltline and other bike path projects of the past few years, bikes are only going to get more popular for families, the environmentally-conscious, and those looking to live in the city.
Atlanta Streets Alive, taking its cue from other festivals around the world, is making an effort to show how roads can unite communities for a common purpose, not just something for cars to drive on. Every year, some roads are closed off to cars and opened up to other human-powered modes of transport. People can walk, skate, ride, run - you name it - and this sense of community raises awareness for reducing the dependence on cars and supporting healthier ways of getting around.
It's estimated that if American made one 4-mile trip by bike instead of car each week, the country would save almost 6.6 billion dollars annually. Figures like this highlight just how much impact bike transportation can make, and with Atlanta Streets Alive and other groups doing some heavy lifting, Atlanta will have a chance to show just how awesome a bike ride can be.
And for One Spark, we've committed to pledging a dollar for every 5 dollars we raise as a part of our crowdfunding campaign to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. We believe in the work they do and we think you should do. If you'd love to donate, check out our page here.
Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.