It soon might get easier to pedal your bike around Atlanta as the City Council's Finance Committee on Thursday began considering allocating almost $2.5 million towards bicycle projects according to a post at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) website.
The funds would come from Quality of Life bonds for complete Streets improvements and could add 15 miles of “high quality bicycle infrastructure” for Atlanta in 2013. This would be comparable to bike-friendly cities such as Seattle and Washington D.C. according to the ABC.
The ABC is Atlanta’s largest bicycle advocacy nonprofit and its mission is to make it safer and easier to ride a bicycle in and around metro Atlanta. In October, the ABC and various bicycle transportation partners announced new Midtown initiatives to boost rider safety, sustainability and access.
Several of the sample projects associated with the $2.47 million in leftover bond funding are Midtown related including a 10th Street cycle track from Piedmont Avenue to Monroe Drive, connecting with the BeltLine Eastside Trail; and West Peachtree Street bike lane upgrades to standard width.
Sample of the projects
- James P Brawley "bike boulevard" (1st in city) connecting Atlanta University Center to neighborhoods with mini traffic circles and other improvements
- 2-way cycle track on Peachtree Center Ave between Edgewood and Peachtree, to allow cyclists to bypass the streetcar tracks coming to that section of Peachtree Street and better connect to east/west bicycle routes
- A road diet adding bike lanes on Decatur Street, from Jesse Hill to Jackson, connecting GSU to the King Center MARTA station
- Murphy Ave bike lanes, creating better connectivity for residents of Southwest Atlanta and neighboring cities East Point and College Park
- 10th St cycle track on bridge to create a safer crossing
- 10th Street cycle track from Piedmont to Monroe, connecting with the BeltLine Eastside Trail
- Charles Allen/Parkway cycle track or bike lanes
- Krog Street & tunnel add sharrows and lighting, improve pavement in tunnel
- Peachtree St install sharrows on most of Peachtree, bike lanes on wide section over the interstate, connecting with Peachtree Ave cycle track to Edgewood
- 2-way cycle track from Peters St to Mitchell St bridge, connecting Mitchell Street bike lanes with Castleberry Hill neighborhood
- West Peachtree upgrade bike lane to standard width
- 5th Street upgrade bike lane and improvement pavement
- McLendon add bike lanes from Arizona to Howard
- Edgewood Ave upgrade bike lanes and intersection improvements (eg bike boxes)