Atlanta Streets Alive was born from Executive Director Rebecca Serna’s experience while living in Bogota, Colombia.
“I got to experience what a beautiful and yet completely normal thing it was that streets were open on Sundays and everyone in their grandma was out just walking, biking, enjoying car-free streets – something that really changed the culture in an impactful way,” she said.
The Atlanta Bike Champions program is designed to engage more community involvement around bike share and in particular those living in communities of color who felt they had no ownership in, Serna said.
“As a way to build more of a community sense around biking, our Bike Family program provides bikes and education for families who don’t have them,” she said.
Through community voices and with community evolution, Serna said they felt the next step was timely. The bike club is working on identifying and removing institutional racism from transportation systems.
“There were a lot of decisions made about, for example, the placement of highways that were very clearly based on racist ideas,” she said.
Beyond advocacy and programs, the coalition offers a number of resources and virtual classes.
“I really want the generation of kids growing up today to have a different experience with walking, biking and public transportation in the city. I want them to feel like they can make the choice; that it’s not predetermined and they are going to be safe in whatever path they choose,” Serna said.
For more information, visit atlantabike.org.
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