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Atlanta City Council Member Carla Smith to Join Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for First Ticket Diversion Class to Absolve Bike Lane Fines Thursday, Nov. 21

Post Date:11/15/2019 1:11 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT:
Talia Moffitt
Public Information Officer – Council Communications
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 326-6506
tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov

November 15, 2019

Atlanta City Council Member Carla Smith to Join Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for First Ticket Diversion Class to Absolve Bike Lane Fines Thursday, Nov. 21

ATLANTA–District 1 Council member Carla Smith will join the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Office of the City Solicitor Thursday, Nov. 21 for the first ticket diversion class being offered to drivers who have been fined for bicycle lane violations.

In March, the Council adopted legislation introduced by Smith that established fines for the improper use of bicycle lanes. Drivers who park, stop or drive in a bicycle lane are now fined $100, while vehicles operated separately or in combination with any trailer or semitrailer that has either two axles with six or more tires or three or more axles face a $1,000 fine. As part of her legislation, Smith established the diversion class to properly educate the public about bicycle safety and traffic laws.

“This legislation was very important to me, as is the ticket diversion class,” Smith said. “I want to make sure that our residents can safely use bicycle lanes and that the public understands the importance of not blocking their lane.”  

The two-hour ticket diversion class will be offered Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Committee Room 2 on the second floor of Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW. The class will be taught by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition without cost to the city thanks to a grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Participants who successfully complete the first two-hour class will be given a certificate that serves as documentation to absolve their fine.

For more information and to register for an upcoming class, please go to https://www.atlantabike.org/ticket_diversion.

About Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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