Target: City of Atlanta: Office of Planning & Community Development
Goal: Support Atlanta’s commitment to becoming a bike-friendly city
The City of Atlanta, Georgia has announced proposals for more than 25 projects over the next three years to create a bike-friendly environment for cyclists. With $2.5 million in bond funding, the city will revamp its network of bike lanes and facilities to improve safety and connectivity throughout the city. Commend Atlanta for its commitment to becoming a bike-friendly city.
Preliminary construction has begun for a two-way bicycle track located near the entrance of the Atlanta Beltline’s popular Eastside Trail. This track will be the first of its kind in the city, offering a safe and direct connection to Midtown and the MARTA rail, the city’s rapid-transit system, while simultaneously reducing traffic congestion. Plastic posts will be used as a buffer to separate cars and cyclists and special features like a push-button signal will be designed specifically to help cyclists turn left onto a major road. The track will be a joint effort, funded by the city of Atlanta and the PATH Foundation, a nationally recognized organization that has developed over 180 miles of off-rail trails throughout Georgia.
City officials are also considering a proposal for a bike-share program that would provide around 500 bicycles for the public to rent for short periods. Bike shares are becoming increasingly popular in big cities like New York, Boston, and Miami by offering a highly convenient and accessible form of transportation. Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition suggests that a successful bike-share program could encourage more people to ride bikes throughout the city.
In 2012, the city introduced Cycle Atlanta, a free app that records bike trips and transmits data to transportation planners. According to AtlantaBike.org, the app “allows cyclists the opportunity to transfer information about their ride directly to the City of Atlanta through their phone’s GPS capabilities.” Riders can provide feedback on the quality of their route and warn of obstacles such as potholes or unsafe conditions. By offering a tool for direct communication between citizens and city officials, this app has great potential to transform transportation planning into a collaborative process in Atlanta and beyond.
These initiatives will be immensely beneficial to the city by promoting bike riding as a healthy, convenient, and cost-effective form of transportation. Multimodal transportation can revitalize communities, improve mobility options for the young, elderly, and reduce environmental impact by cutting carbon emissions from automobiles. Thank Atlanta for working to create a bike-friendly environment citywide.
Dear City of Atlanta: Office of Planning & Community Development,
We applaud your department for prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists in its upcoming planning projects. Improving connectivity and safety for cyclists will encourage more people to ride bikes, leading to greater investment in bike paths and facilities. Enhancing bike lanes will provide faster access to popular destinations and connect various neighborhoods. The proposed bike-share program would increase accessibility and convenience for cyclists while buffered bike lanes increase the cyclists’ sense of safety.
This series of bike-friendly initiatives will provide a model for other cities to improve transit mobility by promoting bicycle riding as an efficient and eco-friendly form of transportation. As bike riding becomes an increasingly accessible transport option in Atlanta, this will translate into increased funding for bike projects to improve facilities and connectivity. Thank you for supporting bike-friendly initiatives in your future plans for the city.
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