Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is Atlanta's largest non-profit bicycling advocate. ABC was founded in 1991 to "create a healthier, more sustainable Atlanta by making it safer, easier, and more attractive to bicycle for fun, fitness, and transportation."
Programs, initiatives, and events
One of the highest profile programs sponsored by ABC is called Share the Road. This public awareness program aims to educate both cyclists and motorists that shared use of the road is safest and most enjoyable for all. ABC also teaches Effective Cycling classes as part of its work to educate the public on the benefits of cycling.
Atlanta Streets Alive
The ABC organizes Atlanta Streets Alive, a ciclovía, which is Spanish for a temporary closing of the street to automobiles for use by people participating in recreational activity, such as bicycling, roller-skating, jogging, strolling, scootering, or skipping. The free event takes place in Downtown Atlanta and the Old Fourth Ward, mostly on Edgewood Avenue. Sections of Auburn Avenue, Park Place, and Equitable Place are also closed to automobile traffic. The event kickoff is held at Woodruff Park. In addition to cultural events, free group activities are offered to participants, including tango, yoga, soccer, hula hooping, and break dancing. In addition, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market hosts the Urban Picnic, offering a variety of food trucks for hungry participants. The event is meant to promote exercise, good health, and physical activity. Around 6,000 people attend the event, usually held in the spring, summer, or autumn months to take advantage of Atlanta's mild climate.
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