High priority bike projects proposed for Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, and Castleberry Hill - updates

Thank you to everyone who attended a neighborhood meeting over the past two months! High priority bike projects have been approved for Charles Allen / Parkway and for Mangum / Walker St in Castleberry Hill. These projects were presented at neighborhood meetings in Midtown, Fourth Ward West, and Castleberry Hill. The outcomes are below and will be updated as things progress!

  • Fourth Ward West (www.facebook.com/FourthWardWest): approved a cycletrack for Parkway, contingent upon keeping on-street parking on both sides for the block between Ponce and North. The city is studying whether this could be accomplished by creating a "yield street" on which travel lanes are too narrow to share and cars have to yield to oncoming traffic. This would reduce speeding, an added benefit.
  • Midtown Neighbors (www.midtownatlanta.org) approved a cycletrack for Charles Allen (up to 4th Street, where median prevents).
  • Castleberry Hill (www.castleberryhill.org/association) is considering a cycletrack for Mangum / Walker St. 

Next Steps: Charles Allen / Parkway is scheduled for construction.


About the High-priority Bicycle Projects:
 
Funded by a $2.5 million allocation by the Atlanta City Council in February 2013, these projects are intended to connect gaps in the existing network of bikeways in the city. Below are five projects currently being designed.
  • Project 1009 C Allen Dr/Parkway/Jackson St between 4th St and Freedom Pkwy: This project will install a protected two-way cycle track (or bicycle lanes) along the C Allen Dr/Parkway/Jackson St corridor to connect the Bedford-Pine and Old 4th Ward neighborhoods to Piedmont Park, Midtown, and the Stone Mountain Trail at Freedom Park. An on-street parking modification study will be conducted to determine the feasibility of reducing the roadway to two travel lanes and a single on-street parking lane. Project will be designed to meet NACTO standards.  As funding permits, ADA upgrades at intersections will be included in the project scope. (NPUs E & M)
  • Project 1009 DeKalb Ave at DeKalb Pl/Rocky Ford Rd: This project will improve the intersection of DeKalb Ave at DeKalb Pl/Rocky Ford Rd, a key junction along one of the busiest cycling corridors in the city. This project will add modern bicycle intersection treatments to enable cyclists using the Stone Mountain Trail and/or Secondary Bicycle Connections to travel safely and comfortably through the intersection. This project will better link the on-road and off-road portions of the Stone Mountain Trail, which intersect at this location. Project will be designed to meet NACTO standards. As funding permits, ADA upgrades at intersections will be included in the project scope. (NPUs N & O)
  • Project 1016 Hilliard St/Grant St between Auburn Ave and Woodward Ave: This project will install enhanced bicycle facilities along the Hilliard St/Grant St corridor, connecting the Grant Park and Sweet Auburn neighborhoods to the MARTA King Memorial Station. These will tie into the planned bicycle lanes along Auburn Ave and Edgewood Ave and the planned bicycle boulevard along Woodward Ave. Scope includes pavement patching, addition of bicycle lanes and sharrows, long-lasting thermoplastic pavement marking installation, addition of green pavement markings at key conflict points, installation of enhanced parking/regulatory signage and bicycle wayfinding signs, and the construction of new bicycle treatments at intersections with other designated bicycle connections. An on-street parking modification study will be conducted to determine the feasibility of adding a contraflow southbound bicycle lane between Auburn Ave and Tanner St. As funding permits, ADA upgrades at intersections will be included in the project scope. (NPUs M & W)
  • Project 1017 JP Brawley Dr between Jefferson St and ML King Jr Dr: This project will install traffic calming devices to reduce motor vehicle speeds, green street infrastructure to capture and treat stormwater runoff, bicycle wayfinding signs to guide cyclists to area destinations, enhanced lighting to improve visibility and other recommended NACTO bicycle boulevard treatments along this important Secondary Bicycle Connection. This family-friendly bicycle corridor will connect the West Midtown, English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods to the Atlanta University Center and planned Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail, Centennial Olympic Park, MARTA Ashby Station and MARTA Vine City Station via the planned Westside Trail along Carter St. As funding permits, ADA upgrades at intersections will be included in the project scope. (NPU L)
  • Project 1022 Mangum St/Walker St between Mitchell St and Peters St: This project will install a protected two-way cycle track (or bicycle lanes) along the Mangum St/ Walker St corridor to connect the Atlanta University Center and Castleberry Hill areas to downtown Atlanta via the existing bicycle lanes on the Mitchell St Bridge. A short shared-use path connection will be constructed to connect Mangum St to Walker St and an on-street parking modification study will be conducted to determine the feasibility of reducing Walker St to two travel lanes and a single on-street parking lane. This project will also construct bicycle treatments at the intersection of Mangum St, Nelson St and Walker St and add bicycle wayfinding signage. Project will be designed to meet NACTO standards. As funding permits, ADA upgrades at intersections will be included in the project scope. (NPU M)