10th Street Cycle Track Causing Traffic Headache in Midtown

The recently opened two-way cycle track along a portion of 10th Street has some wondering how much consideration was given to the effect the new bike lane would have on westbound motorists on 10th.

Cars wait to turn left off of 10th Street onto Charles Allen Drive. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Cars wait to turn left off of 10th Street onto Charles Allen Drive. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Earlier this month, the city of Atlanta opened a two-way cycle track along a portion of 10th Street near Piedmont Park, that created a dedicated and separated route for safe bike travel between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive in Midtown.

In doing so, one of the two westbound lanes that motorists utilized on 10th was eliminated and that has some folks scratching their heads. As one Patch user commented recently at the site, “Leave it to Atlanta to get it wrong here. I just have to wonder who is responsible for this shortsighted decision.”

The issue is that with the intersection of Charles Allen and 10th for westbound motorists reduced to a single lane, whenever a vehicle needs to turn left onto Charles Allen, traffic begins to back up extensively as far back as Monroe. Sometimes during peak travel times in the day, it takes several traffic signal cycles for some motorists to get through the intersection.

The backup adds to additional traffic issues at Monroe and 10th and Monroe and Virginia Avenue, where poorly timed lights help lead to clogged traffic.

There's no doubt that cyclists are enjoying the dedicated cycle track and future phases of the project, portions of which are scheduled for construction later this year, will extend the track from Charles Allen to Myrtle Street and eventually onto Peachtree Street.

The city indicated that despite just one westbound travel lane dedicated to motorists, “traffic studies demonstrate the roadway can still operate at an acceptable level for motorists.”

Do you agree with the city’s assessment?

carolcolatrella August 29, 2013 at 04:55 PM
In addition to safe cycle lanes, Atlanta needs better bus transit and safer signals to help pedestrians. The Monroe & 10th intersection must be manageable for drivers, walkers, and bike riders. Also, the location of the cycle track opposite Grady High School accentuates the problems for students who struggle to cross Monroe and 10th to get to school. Grady HS bus riders are dropped off on 8th street, so locals know to avoid that street at 8am and 3pm. Grady HS walkers, bikers, and car riders must enter through the 10th St. entrance. Did those who put the cycle track in speak with APS or Grady HS? There are a number of events at the Grady stadium and the need for the school to earn funds by renting parking spaces during festivals: these are two reasons the schools should be consulted. A better, safer, more comprehensive traffic plan is needed, and soon.
Jane Patla Tanner August 31, 2013 at 07:53 PM
The double bike lane design reminds me of the bike routes throughout Quebec, and specifically throughout the city of Montreal, that are so very popular. There is actually a bicycle 'rush-hour' there, so wonderful to see. I hope there can be a compromise found between bikes/peds/cars in and around Atlanta - healthier people, cleaner air.
Danya Levine September 01, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Is it to hard for a green arrow turn signal ????? jeees does this city employ actual engineers who can logically access these things ? the bike lane is great and needed .. cars have been clogging up atlanta for a long time now and the city has yet to come up with any alternate transportation
Nick M September 01, 2013 at 10:57 AM
A friend of mine has reported that someone has dumped a ton of broken glass all over the cycle track. The city has been notified. I would suggest that all bike riders stick to the car lanes until you can determine if it's been cleared of glass.
Stephanie Armistead September 01, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Nick - am a frequent user so thx for the heads up. What some people will do for kicks. Sad.


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