We are working to make Savannah better for bicycling
The Savannah Bicycle Campaign is a nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 2008. We are dedicated to making Savannah better for bicycling, because bicycles make Savannah better.
Savannah Bicycle Campaign helps to create a safer and more convenient bicycling environment by advocating for better facilities and enforcement, and encouraging, educating and empowering residents and visitors to make bicycling a healthy, enjoyable, useful part of their daily lives.
The Savannah Bicycle Campaign believes that Savannah should have an effective bicycle advocacy organization with a long term outlook. Working within the established system, this organization should be respected by the public, media and policy makers. Our efforts aim to shift the transportation policy debate from a tolerance of bicycles to creating mode shift. All types of communities benefit from the fun, health benefits, and efficiency of bicycling.
We’ve made notable progress toward our goal of making Savannah safe, friendly and convenient for people who ride bikes, including:
2008: Savannah Bicycle Campaign founding announced on April 14. First Savannah “Wheelie” Ride held on April 18.
2012: Worked with the City of Savannah to install new bike lanes on Price Street and Washington Avenue.
2013: Worked with City of Savannah staff to apply for and receive Bicycle Friendly Community status in 2013.
2014: Consulted with the Savannah College of Art and Design on its successful application for Bicycle Friendly University Status.
2014: Moved into a former Standard Oil gas station and launched our New Standard Cycles program, which refurbishes donated bicycles and distributes them to people who need safe, dependable and affordable transportation.
2015: Worked with Healthy Savannah and the City of Savannah on the drafting and passage of a Complete Streets Ordinance.
2016: Organized opposition to a proposed ordinance that would ban bicycles from Forsyth Park.
OUR APPROACH TO ADVOCACY
We use a advocacy model created by the League of American Bicyclists:
We offer events throughout the year to encourage people to make bicycling a part of their daily lives. We organize casual, family friendly rides on a monthly basis and present annual rides throughout the year including our popular Midnight Garden Ride, Tweed Ride, Seersucker Ride, Matt’s Moon River Cruise, Cyclofemme, and annual observance of National Bike to Work Day. We also compete in the national bike challenge. In addition, we operate a free bicycle valet service to encourage people to ride their bikes to concerts, festivals and other events.
SBC offers bicycle education programs for children and adults, including bicycle rodeos. Our League Cycling Instructors ensure that all education programs are safe, informative and enjoyable for participants. We also offer customized programs for businesses and other organizations that are seeking to make bicycling part of their employee wellness programs.
SBC works with the City of Savannah, Chatham County, the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Georgia Department of Transportation, other government agencies, colleges and schools, and neighborhood organizations to improve bicycle and active transportation infrastructure. SBC played an active role in the development of the Washington Avenue, Price Street and Barnard Street bikeways. We are currently working with Chatham County and the City of Savannah on the long-awaited Truman Linear Park Trail.
Ensuring a safe environment on our streets is a primary concern. We work with local law enforcement agencies on routing of our major rides and cooperate on ongoing traffic safety initiatives. We also work to build awareness of Georgia’s 3-foot passing law and other regulations intended to protect people who ride bikes for recreation and transportation.
Evaluation & Planning
Working with the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, we conduct annual bicycle counts to determine levels of bicycling in our community. These annual bicycle census counts also reveal changes in bicycle traffic patterns as new facilities are implemented. This data is used to demonstrate the need for additional infrastructure so that bicycling trends are included in planning efforts.
Our New Standard Cycles program provides safe, affordable transportation to deserving people in our community. Volunteers refurbish donated bicycles, which are provided (along with locks, lights, helmets, and reflective vests), to people identified by nonprofit partners. The program has provided bicycles to hundreds and children and adults in Savannah.