Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is one of eight mobility advocacy groups around the country that was awarded a grant for their advocacy work in Atlanta.
Eight mobility advocacy groups received a total of $391,500 in grants to support their work to advance equitable and sustainable transportation from the second round of the Mobility Fund. The Fund leveraged contributions from national funders with matches from local funders of nearly $761,000 to benefit local and regional non-profits working to make transit, biking and walking convenient, safe and accessible for more people.
Transit service continues to be impacted by COVID-19 and those impacts fall disproportionately on underserved, underrepresented, and historically marginalized communities. Advocates working to protect, preserve and enhance mobility at the local level are chronically underfunded and the need for support is great. In Round 2, the Mobility Fund received 45 letters of interest, from which the Fund invited 17 proposals with a total request of $891,500.
“The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is proud to be recognized for our advocacy around sustainable and equitable mobility,” Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Rebecca Serna said. “In coalition with MARTA Army and Partnership for Southern Equity, these funds will help us advocate for more equitable and accessible transit service for Atlantans."
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition received $72,500 for its project Expanding More Equitable Transit in Atlanta. The goal of the project is to create deeper collaboration between the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, MARTA Army, and the Partnership for Southern Equity to inform, educate, and empower community residents to advocate for more equitable, accessible transit in Atlanta.
“We are in a critical moment for determining the future of public transportation in Atlanta," Senior Advocacy & Engagement Manager of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Sagirah Jones said. "As we enter 2022, we continue our important work to make the city’s streets measurably safer for people biking, walking, using wheelchairs and scooters and riding transit. This grant from the Mobility Fund will greatly expand our capacity to work alongside organizations and individuals to make transit work better for people across Atlanta, starting with advocating for equitable outcomes in MARTA's bus network redesign."
Individuals interested in transit advocacy can join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's next Community Advocates Network call on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. Learn more, and RSVP at www.atlantabike.org/canrsvp-jan2022.