The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. This week Rebecca Serna with Propel ATL joins us to discuss their mission to make Atlanta’s streets safe, inclusive, and thriving spaces for people to ride, walk, and roll.
Spring is officially here and we will spend more time enjoying the outdoors! I’m so glad to have Rebecca Serna, the Executive Director of Propel ATL join us on the podcast this week. Safety is a concern whether on a bike or on your feet, especially near cars and heavy traffic. Rebecca and her team’s work has made significant improvements in and around Atlanta. We’ll see a lot more in the future that will improve our safety and connect neighborhoods with better access for bikes and pedestrians. Check out the Propel ATL website to learn more about their work. If you want to be part of the solution or stay current on projects around the city, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
We discussed the issue of blocked sidewalks due to construction or bike lanes due to parked cars. If you see either of those issues you can go to this webpage and report the issue. Even if you don’t commute by bike but if you walk down a street from your office to grab lunch and see this, you can and should report it to help improve access for everyone.
While we didn’t have time to get into the “High Injury Network”, these are streets in Atlanta that account for most fatalities or severe injuries. A map of this network can be found here.
I also mentioned the location of the race I did and it’s Mulberry Gap Adventure Basecamp in Elijay, GA. Whether you’re into trail running, gravel/mountain biking, or simply enjoying the great outdoors, you should check them out. While campsites are available, for those not wanting to rough it, cabins are available. This is definitely on my list for an in-state vacation.
Until next time, keep running, keep riding, and keep believing in yourself. – D2