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Atlanta Bicycle Coalition announces a merger with PEDS

LaShaun Williams

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ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has announced that it is formally merged with PEDS, an advocacy group that focuses on pedestrian safety, after the discussion they had earlier in February 2021. This merger is established on June 17, 2021.

The aim of this merging is to gain more efficiencies in their advocacy on reclaiming Atlanta's streets to be safe and a better place for pedestrians, to use wheelchairs, bike, scoot and even skate. In addition, before this join forces emerge, both organizations have partnered on various occasions with the same main purpose.

Starting in 2019, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has a more extended mission to not only bikes but also all forms of sustainable transportation that soon parallels with PEDS's mission. In 2020, PEDS was an important partner to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Vision Zero campaign which started the City of Atlanta's Vision Zero legislation adoption. Vision Zero is a campaign to reduce the default speed on Atlanta's local streets to 25 mph to decrease roadway fatalities.

“In 2019, in collaboration with partners, members and supporters, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition debuted a new strategic direction,” says Naoya Wada, board chair of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “We expanded our goals to include streets safe for walking, biking and transit that works for people. As a result, we adopted a new mission statement: to reclaim Atlanta’s streets as safe, inclusive and thriving spaces for people to ride, walk and roll. As we enter our thirtieth year, we are enthusiastic about the potential to create a unified voice for sustainable transportation solutions.”

For twenty-five years, PEDS is the leader in pedestrians-prioritizing advocacy to a better and safer sidewalk including a campaign that forced the city to take financial responsibility for sidewalk maintenance. Another PEDS's focus is on sidewalk closures in construction zones which influenced the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to find solutions for safer multimodal lanes for bike, scoot and wheelchairs in construction zones.

“2021 marks twenty five years of PEDS serving as a strong and effective voice for pedestrians and walkable communities in Atlanta and throughout Georgia,” says Carolyn H. Rader, board chair of PEDS. “We are committed to continuing our mission of making streets and communities in Georgia safe, inviting and accessible to all pedestrians through this merger. We are excited about this opportunity to strengthen and grow our mission to ensure that walking and wheeling is equitable and safe for everyone.”

The organizations will reveal a new name for the new merging next year according to the Coalition's strategic plan which can be accessed at https://www.atlantabike.org/strategicplan2020.

“The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS thank our supporters who have worked to pave the way for all of us to walk, bike and roll in Atlanta throughout the years,” says Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “The newly united organization remains committed to championing an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily and sustainably throughout the city.”

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