Marietta Street is a key crosstown corridor that connects West Midtown (Westside) and Georgia Tech to Downtown Atlanta. The city plans to resurface the street through the Renew Atlanta bond. The only question is whether it includes the bike lanes recommended in the Cycle Atlanta Plan Phase 1.0. Marietta is an unsafe corridor for people who bike and walk. Without adequate space for people who bike, this corridor will continue to attract dangerous high-speed traffic that will sever this vital corridor and stifle businesses.
We want to make sure that Marietta gets the appropriate bike and pedestrian facilities in order to connect with the Howell Mill Road Complete Street project, which in turn connects to the DeKalb Avenue Complete Street project. Failing to create a safe, direct bicycle connection between Marietta and Howell Mill Road violates the recommendations made in the Cycle Atlanta Plan Phase 1.0.
While it's hard to picture a street with regular bicycle and pedestrian, we know what this corridor is capable of after seeing 110,000 people experience Marietta and Howell Mill at our largest Atlanta Streets Alive ever back in June.
You know it's bad when the only time people feel safe biking on a street is when you close it to cars. However, adequate bike facilities can increase bicycle and pedestrian traffic - and ultimately improve the safety on what is considered a very high crash corridor for pedestrians. And this area will only see more bicycle traffic with the expansion of Relay Bike Share.
For businesses concerned with commercial deliveries, we are pleased to report that the city's parking management office is proactively identifying solutions that will prioritize space on and near businesses on Marietta that rely on deliveries.
Critics claim that this bike lane is redundant because there's a protected bike lane on Luckie Street. Just as there are parallel streets for cars, there need to parallel streets for bicycles because different streets serve different purposes. Marietta is a key corridor linking Howell Mill Road to Downtown.