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BIIC Looking for New Members!

The BIIC is looking for new student members for 2014-2015 (and hopefully beyond!). If you’re interested, please apply, we have lots of openings and lots of opportunities for you to make a big difference in bicycling on campus!

biic November 19, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Atlanta Bike Challenge comes to Georgia Tech (& Lunch n’ Learn!)

For the past two years, Atlanta has hosted a Bike to Work Challenge, focusing on encouraging people to bike to work to win prizes. Georgia Tech has always had a strong showing, but many staff, faculty, and students weren’t able to participate due to the exclusive focus on commute trips.

Fortunately, this year Georgia Commute Options has unveiled a new program, the Atlanta Bike Challenge, which offers even more prizes (gift cards to local restaurants, passes to exciting attractions, hundreds of movie tickets, even a new bike!) and the bar for participation is just riding a bike for 10 minutes or more, anytime, anywhere between September 28th and October 19th. Participants sign up with an employer team (Go Georgia Tech!) and see if they can get the highest percentage of their staff to participate in the Challenge by riding a bike for 10 minutes. Sounds pretty cool!

You can learn more about the Challenge at the website, www.atlbikechallenge.com

As part of the Challenge, Georgia Tech is hosting a special Lunch n’ Learn with the help of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. If you’ve always wanted to learn the tips and tricks of bike commuting, join us on Wednesday October 15th from 12-1 in the Piedmont Room of the Student Center for a free class! Bring your lunch, meet some cool people, and pick up some handy tools to help you be a more confident and comfortable cyclist.

biic October 1, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

New Look, New Leadership!

You may notice BikeGT has a new look – we’ve gone through the website and given it a shiny new theme and updated the content (hopefully all the pages will be updated soon). It’s not just the website either: the BIIC itself has welcomed a new commander-in-chair, Mariam Asad! Johann is stepping down to focus on grad school (lame, right?), and do things like update the website, while Mariam is stepping up to take the BIIC into 2014-2015.

What will the future hold? Well, the Campus Bike Master Plan is being drafted by Alta Planning + Design as we speak, and will be presented to campus in August. We’ve tagged 160 abandoned bikes on campus, and will be removing them throughout the summer and fall. Those bikes will find new homes thanks to StarterBikes, and all those rack spaces will be able to serve 160 new bikes. We’re also putting the finishing touches on our campus Bicycle Use Policy in the formal Institute Policy Review Process, and it will be released for public comment pretty much any day now!

That’s a brief little snapshot of what’s happening around Georgia Tech over the next few months, but where we go from there? Well, that’s up to all of you! Get involved (we’re looking for new student members of the BIIC!), volunteer, and tell us what you think campus needs (classes? incentives? infrastructure? bike racks? bike shop?). Oh, and of course keep your eyes peeled for Bike Week 2014!

-BikeGT

Campus Bike Master Plan

Georgia Tech is currently working on development of a Campus Bike Master Plan (BMP) with Alta Planning+Design. We’d like to make sure everyone shares their thoughts on bicycling, so please share your thoughts using the form below!

biic April 18, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Update Coming

You know, the BIIC has been around a few years now, trying to get it’s start and doing the best it can. But it feels like maybe it’s time to step it up, and update our game. So that’s our next step. Interested? Let us know (info@bike.gatech.edu).

Also, we’re hoping to totally overhaul this page, so keep your eyes peeled for that too. We can always use help though!

biic April 18, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

Apply to be on the BIIC!

The BIIC is bidding farewell to some of its members as they go off to bigger and better things; this means we’re looking for new members (particularly undergraduates!). If you’re interested, complete the application form below! We’ll contact you via email if we think you’re a good fit for the committee.

GTPD Tabling and Free U-Locks

FREE BICYCLE U-LOCK GIVEAWAY!!!
The GTPD is encouraging our community to choose cycling as a clean alternative mode of transportation in support of Earth Day.

Stop by the GTPD table on Tech Walkway this Friday, April 20th (Earth Day) for a chance to receive a free Bicycle U-Lock. To participate, you will need to bring your bicycle by our table and register it with the GTPD. One winner will be randomly selected out of the individuals who registered their bicycle with us at our Earth Day table. Winners will be notified via email or phone.

Come meet and talk with GTPD Officers on bicycle safety and security.

You will also have the opportunity to register your bicycle with the GTPD. We will be on Tech Walk Way, (formally Skiles) Monday, April 16, through Thursday, April 19, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

biic April 19, 2012 1 Comment Permalink

Bikes+Think Green Week

This week marks Georgia Tech’s annual “Think Green Week”, culminating with our Earth Day festivities on Friday, April 20th. Both Starter Bikes and the BIIC have some events planned for the week, so check them out!

– Starter Bikes Repair Station

Thursday and Friday of this week Starter Bikes will have a free bike repair station set up on campus (Th along Tech Walkway, on Friday they’ll be part of Earth Day by the IC lawn).

– GTPD Tabling

GTPD will have a table out on Tech Walkway Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm so they can answer your questions about bicycle safety and security, and provide free bike registration (which helps you get your bike back if its lost or stolen!). They’ve all recently taken an involved course on bike safety and current laws, so take advantage of their expertise!

– Spring Bike Counts

On Thursday, April 19th, BIIC will be engaging in the second bike count of the year, canvassing bike racks around campus to count the number of bikes on campus (we do this each year to get a sense for how many people use bikes on/around campus). If you’d like to join in on the counts as a volunteer, your efforts will not go unappreciated! (meeting at 1pm between the CULC and Skiles).

– Think Green Bike Tour

Also on Thursday, from 12-1pm, a group of students will be leading a tour of Georgia Tech’s major sustainability efforts around campus (departs from the CULC).

biic April 16, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

National Bike Summit: The State of The Federal Transportation Bill

Earl

In this final installment of my reports on the National Bike Summit, I’m going to do my best to rundown the state of the federal transportation bill(s) and where Hill insiders think things are headed.

Inside the Senate, things are basically concluded for the time being; Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century, or MAP-21, passed the Senate 74-22-4 (All Democrats voted Yay, Republicans were split close to 50/50 between Yay and Nay). MAP-21 preserves the critical bike/ped funding programs like Transportation Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and Recreational Trails (RTP), consolidating them into one program titled ‘Additional Activities’, which will fall under the operation of CMAQ. While not perfect, MAP-21 is a tremendous victory compared to the House bill put forward by Speaker Boehner.

On the House side, the initial bill, HR-7, put forward by Boehner, cut TE, SRTS, RTP, and gutted transit funding, as well as reducing environmental review processes, and was generally panned by everyone, to the point that the House postponed it indefinitely. After a series of handoffs, the House was left with mostly question marks, and no resolution. As of earlier this week, the vibe amongst House staffers was that the House was not prepared to resolve their issues, knowing that they had little ground to stand on and that bipartisan resolution was less likely than in the Senate. Instead, the sense was that the House would take the easy way out and favor a clean 3-month extension of the expired (5 years ago) SAFETEA-LU. While this would protect TE, SRTS, and RTP, it would mean that in three months we’d be right back to this point, arguing once again for the same programs, and fighting the same political battles.

Given all of this, we devoted our efforts while lobbying on the Hill to thanking Senators Isakson and Chambliss, who both voted in favor of MAP-21, and working to convince our Representatives to step up and either support or advocate for an improved transportation bill out of the House. Optimally, we’re hoping to see the House review and pass their version of MAP-21, which will give us at least five years of funding and provide some stability to transportation planning once again.

Since I attended those meetings for which I was either a constituent or closest to being one (Representatives Scott, Johnson, and Lewis), I had the good fortune of being heard and supported by the Congressmen or his staff; other Georgia delegates had less positive meetings, but the general sentiment seemed to be that all the meetings were more positive than last years, and that the trend over time has been of increased support. Hopefully this will mean good things for bicycling and walking going into the future, not only amongst Georgians, but also across the country.

At least, there is reason for hope!

Thank you all for putting up with the delays on my NBS reports, and feel free to post or email me with any questions, I’d be happy to answer what I can.

biic March 24, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

National Bike Summit: What I Learned

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After a long day of lobbying yesterday, I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and share some of the cool facts and stories that we heard during our speeches and sessions on Wednesday. Here are a sampling of some of the notable things I learned:

Session #1: “Bicycling Means Business” – Steve Meineke (President, Raleigh America), Steve Flagg (President, QBP), Brian Foley (Director of Merchandising, REI).

– Donating to the campaign of local officials is an easy way to get their ear for long enough to tell your story.

– 4:1 return on money spent to support bike commuting compared to the healthcare savings (for QBP).

– There are 2,000 transportation lobbyists in D.C.

– The demand is there; the economics is there; the infrastructure needs to catch up.

– We need more actual analysis from independent and reviewed sources; we need data!

 

Session #3: “The Benefits of Bicycling: Making the Case” – Jeff Miller (President, Alliance for B&W), Deb Hubsmith (Director, SRTS National Partnership), Maggie Grabow, Jay Gaikowski (Marketing Director, QBP)

– Rural bicycling: In towns of less than 10,000 twice as many trips are made by bicycling as in heavy urban areas. In Billings, MT, the chamber of commerce identified bike infrastructure as key to their recruitment of businesses and employees (Billings was ranked #1 small town for business location).

Conclusion = Bikes benefit everyone.

 

SRTS (Deb Hubsmith):

– Adding sidewalks cut accident rate for pedestrians by 50%.

– In 1969, 50% of kids walked/biked to school; today it’s 13%.

– 12,300 schools have benefited so far from SRTS (10% of schools)

– 25% of children’s traffic deaths occur when they are walking and biking and are struck by a car.

– For .5% of transpo funding, SRTS improves safety and increases physical activity at 12,300 schools.

 

Quality Bicycle Parts (Jason):

– Transportation policy is a viable means of addressing our nation’s health care crisis

– Commuting by bicycle can have an enormous impact on employee health and productivity

– Small investments in bicycle infrastructure can generate substantial returns.

– For businesses, changes in healthcare costs are a major aggravation

– Healthcare costs nationally from 2009-2011 up 24%, costs for QBP over the same down 4.4%. QBP employees higher on 15/18 health scores, tied on the other 3.

– $45,000 in commuter rewards programs; saved $175,000 annually on healthcare.

 

Bikeability and the Midwest (Grabow):

– Total economic impact of Bicycle Recreation in Wisconsin = $913 million

– $535 million from bicycle tourism

– Total of $1.5 billion in economic value

– In a study of the 11 largest cities in the Upper Midwest, modeling the substitute of all short trips in urban and suburban census tracts with bicycling during warmest 6 months of the year, they found:

1) Results: .1 microgram/cubic meter reduction in fine particulates, net reduction in ozone production, 608 fewer annual deaths, $4.94 billion in savings per year.

2) 4 trillion fewer tons of CO2 emitted annually.

3) Total of $8.7 billion in benefits and 1,295 fewer deaths (in terms of mortality rates)

 

Alliance for Biking and Walking (Jeff Miller):

– 50,000,000 bicyclists, 4 billion trips (11.5% of all trips)

– If you triple the number of cyclists riding, you cut traffic incidence in half

– 8,400 jobs from TE, SRTS, etc. (1.6% of transportation funding)

– Twice as many jobs from bike/ped projects than highway projects

– 12% of trips, 14% of fatalities, 1.6% of funding

 

Session #2 was focused on preparing for the lobbying day, so I’m going to include those lessons in another entry focused on the state of the federal transportation authorization and our lobbying efforts. Cheers to a great second day of the Summit!

 

biic March 23, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink