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New Midtown bike project unveiled Friday

Tech Square project includes bike turn lanes, a bike pull-off area and cyclist-oriented signal push buttons connecting together existing bike lanes on either side of 5th St. at the West Peachtree St. intersection.

City of Atlanta officials including Mayor Kasim Reed will join officials from Midtown Alliance, Georgia Tech, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and others for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate the completion of new safety enhancements at Tech Square in Midtown.

The initiative, which reportedly cost $34,000, was done to assist bikers cross busy West Peachtree Street along 5th Street. The project incorporates a series of bike turn lanes, a new bike pull-off area and cyclist-oriented signal push buttons connecting together existing bike lanes on either side of 5th St. at its convergence with West Peachtree.

The launch of the Cycle Atlanta smart phone app and the first-ever Bike Expo are also on tap for Friday. The noon Tech Square ceremony will be followed the Cycle Commuting Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. at City Hall.

The public is invited to attend the expo to learn about the services, agencies and future projects to improve bicycle commuting facilities in the City of Atlanta’s Connect Atlanta Plan. 

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