Let's Fix DeKalb Avenue: ideas for adding bike lanes, cycle track, or a multi-use trail

Please sign our petition to make DeKalb Avenue a Complete Street.

DeKalb Avenue is riddled with potholes, has an outdated and dangerous reversible center lane (aka "suicide lane"), lacks bike lanes, and backs up at key intersections due to the lack of turn lanes. 

We believe the City of Atlanta should make DeKalb Avenue a Complete Street by removing the center "suicide" lane, repaving to fix the potholes, and adding bike facilities, turn lanes, and safer crossings.

These simple changes would transform this currently dangerous street into a safe and accessible connection from Decatur to Atlanta for thousands of residents. Whether you walk, bike, drive, take transit, or all of the above, fixing DeKalb Avenue would benefit you. Let's increase safety, decrease congestion, and connect our communities. 

Now that you've signed the petition, here are some concepts for improvements.

Some of these are more costly than others - we've listed them below in order from least to most expensive. The city has plans to resurface DeKalb Avenue this year, so a portion of the funding is already in place. And all of the options are affordable in comparison with the cost of a life lost, which current conditions risk. 

The bike lane option could be added within the existing Right of Way (sometimes abbreviated as ROW). The cycle track and multi-iuse path would need additional ROW and be more costly to implement, due to materials, curb movement and ROW purchase (potentially). 

General notes
  • The general curb to curb width along DeKalb Avenue is 30-32 feet, although it expands and provides space for creative improvements near some of the MARTA stations. 
Bike lanes
  • Easiest option to implement in terms of using existing curb to curb ROW.
  • With this option, bike lanes would need to be dropped at intersections to accommodate left turn lane.
  • Provides least separation from cars of the three options listed here, but does create more predictability in terms of sharing the roadway. 
Cycle Track
  • Second easiest option to implement in terms of existing curb to curb ROW.
  • To implement, will most likely require moving the curb to accommodate cycle track.
  • To accommodate left turn lane at intersections, additional ROW will need to be acquired to accommodate cycle track through intersections
  • Provides greater separation from cars than a striped bike lane
Multi-use Path
  • Most costly option to implement in terms of adding ROW.
  • Will require moving the curb.
  • To accommodate left turn lane at intersections, additional ROW will need to be acquired to accommodate path through intersections.
  • Of the three facility options, this would require the most ROW to implement
  • Provides highest degree of separation from cars