The City unveiled plans for the Webb Bridge project at a well attended meeting October 15, 2019. We are really pleased that the City listened and was able to incorporate many suggestions from the community (including cyclists). The design will be posted soon on the City’s website, but we wanted to share some of the key elements:

– 8′ sidewalks and 4′ bike lanes
– access to the Greenway for cyclists traveling West
– a roundabout at Webb Bridge Way

Along with the Alpha-Loop and North Point District, as well as numerous other projects, walking and biking will keep getting more connected, safer, and better in Alpharetta!

There are a lot of exciting road and path improvements underway and in planning. Here are a few updates from our recent meetings with the City:

Bethany & Mayfield: Build Pending
Roundabout intersection, ~120’
4ft bike lane for eastbound traffic
Targeted finish Q3 2020

Morris Rd @ Webb: Build In-progress
120’ Roundabout
4ft Bike Lanes north of Roundabout, connection to Webb Br
Pathway access to park Old Milton & GA400, Q4 2019

Greenway Extension: Build Pending
Mixed surface, largely at grade concrete path, with raised walkway
Construction Start Jan/Feb 2020
City to find the means to fund for 2020 budget – part of the 8/19 workshop

Kimball Bridge – East of North Point: Build Pending
Features: Westbound bike lane (Northside), Eastbound 10ft sidewalk (Southside)
Awaiting ROW acquisition

Rucker Rd: Build In-Progress
Maintain 10’ lane end-to-end (Houze to Wills), consistent with Roswell’s implementation
Features: Bike Lanes on the eastside, Multiuse pathways in both sides of street
Construction Complete target year end 2019

Alpha Loop – Thompson Rd: Build In-Progress
Connection from City Center to Avalon, completion target end of year

Academy St: Design In-Progress
3-4ft bike both directions, 6’ sidewalk
No roundabouts, not enough $$
Project spans Loxford Ln/Academy Park to Westside Pkwy

Webb Br East: Design In-Progress
Features 8’ multi + 4 ft bikes lanes, Westbound greenway entrance
More design work required….2yrs
Public Reveal preliminary design – September/October

Hopewell & Vaughn: Conceptual Design Pending
Roundabout intersection, 104’ minimum, but will try to incorporate larger, 110 – 120’
Design Funding Approved 08/19

It is with an abundance of gratitude and outpouring of appreciation that Bike Alpharetta and the Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization are able to close the Emil Walcek Memorial Fund as of April 2, 2019. In just 22 days, more than 200 friends and colleagues of our cycling friend Emil contributed $9,110 to a special GoFundMe Campaign.

He was an avid cyclist, a volunteer, a member of Bike Alpharetta – RAMBO – Bike Roswell, graphic artist, business owner and proud grandfather. After battling for four months, Emil succumbed from injuries sustained in a car-bicycle crash (he was on the bicycle).

More than 200 people attended his Memorial Service on March 16, and 55-plus people turned out at the Big Creek Greenway for a memorial bike ride! Thank you everyone. We will miss our friend so much – #RideForEmil

Congratulations City of Alpharetta – new national recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Community, Bronze Level! The League of American Bicyclists honored 61 towns and cities in 27 states with prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards for their leadership and investment in infrastructure, education and outreach that enables and inspires people to ride bikes. Alpharetta is one of 12 Bronze level cities in Georgia.

Congratulations to American Honda Motor Co., Inc. – Honda Power Equipment Div. for being recognized with a Bronze designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business in the U.S.! This is the only business in Alpharetta (and north Fulton County) with BFB recognition from the League of American Bicyclists.

Applicants to the competitive BFB program are evaluated based on nearly 100 data points related to bicycle-friendly facilities and accessibility, culture-building events, safety education programming and other practices, policies, and incentives that encourage bicycling. There are 11 BFB’s in Georgia. All 1,250 current BFBs are easily found via the League’s interactive awards map.

 

Jekyll Brewing’s Taproom is located near the Big Creek Greenway on Marconi Drive. Bicycle riders have become part of the Taproom’s core identity. For National Philanthropy Day, Jekyll Brewing celebrated a partnership with Bike Alpharetta and  helped us raise more than $450 for Bikes For Kids! Thank you. .

iCan Bike

Our Community made a Difference 

iCan Shine is a national charitable nonprofit organization which conducts over 100, five-day iCan Bike programs in the U.S. iCan Bike teaches approximately 3,000 people with disabilities how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle each year. Since its inception in 2007, approximately 20,000 people with disabilities have learned to ride a bicycle through this wonderful program. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill. Defying these odds is why we exist!

iCan Bike 2019 in Alpharetta will be July 22-26, hosted by The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety and The Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation.  The iCan Bike program was held at The Cooler Family Skate Center. Save the date as a volunteer or sponsor! If you know someone who would like to sponsor iCan Bike, email Officer Elfreth at aelfreth@alpharetta.ga.us

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