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As gas prices soar, advocates in Georgia promote other ways to get around

As gas prices soar, advocates in Georgia promote other ways to get around

A beginner bike class in Macon helps people become comfortable getting around on two wheels. (Bike Walk Macon) Amid persistently high gas prices, advocates in…

Tuesday, Mar 22

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A beginner bike class in Macon helps people become comfortable getting around on two wheels. (Bike Walk Macon) Amid persistently high gas prices, advocates in Georgia are highlighting other ways to get around: bikes, walking and public transit, which are not only cheaper but also friendlier to the environment.

Margaret Mullins, senior operations manager of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, said she started having more conversations about alternate transport as gas prices rose.

On a recent MARTA trip, “When I was like, putting my bike on the bike rack of the bus and everything, the operator was going, ‘Oh, everyone’s gonna need one of those soon enough, like these gas prices are just too high,’” Mullins said.

Atlantans already have a “hunger” to bike and use public transit more, she said.

“Especially now, I think that hunger is only increasing with the gas prices going up as well,” Mullins said.

And while the recent spike in gas prices has some looking for cheaper ways to get around, plenty of Georgians don’t have access to cars to begin with. Or they want to cut back on driving for another reason: climate change. The transportation sector is the biggest source of the emissions that cause global warming nationwide.

But there’s an obstacle.“The cars are going really fast,” Mullins said. “And people very understandably don’t feel comfortable sharing the road with cars.”Groups like hers around the state are tackling this problem from two directions at once.“They’re working directly with current cyclists and potential future cyclists,” said John Devine, executive […]

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