[updated] City of Atlanta - opportunity for safer streets and bike lanes?

[Update] Thank you for all the emails and calls on our call to action last week! We received word from the Public Works Commissioner that the department has been directed to install bike facilities on resurfacing projects, per city code and our request. There may be some complications along the way that require further study, so we're keeping an eye on this. Looking forward to seeing more bike lanes pop up!


Action alert:  Thanks to a report from an ABC member, we found out about an opportunity the City of Atlanta may be about to miss. Help us keep that from happening by contacting your councilmember and the Public Works Commissioner today! 

The issue: The Atlanta Public Works Department is restriping several streets this year (for full list, look below). Some are in the city's bike plan. An alert city planner flagged those streets to get bike lanes as part of the project - what's called routine accommodation in some circles and a smart use of public dollars in others. But recently we learned the department doesn't plan to add bike lanes as part of these projects, despite ample advance notice and minimal costs. 

Click here to send an email to the Council president, at-large members and the Commissioner. Please add your own councilmember from the list below.

These are small projects that will contribute to safe streets and a network of bikeways to connect our neighborhoods. See table below for email addresses and Twitter handles (#needabikelane). 


Atlanta city code (Sec. 150-65. Bicycle routes, bicycle lanes, and multi-use trails) states "The department of public works shall install designated bicycle routes and lanes along city streets in accordance with the city's comprehensive development plan ... **Furthermore, the department of public works shall install proposed bicycle routes and lanes concurrent with the resurfacing or improvement of all streets along which a bicycle route or lane is proposed in the city's comprehensive development plan."** (Code 1977, § 13-2336(c); Ord. No. 1995-48, § 1, 8-28-95; Ord. No. 1997-61, § 1, 10-27-97)


 
Position Name/Email Twitter #BikeLane
Public Works Commissioner  Richard Mendoza  
Council President Ceasar Mitchell @ceasarcmitchell
At-large councilmember Andre Dickens @Andre4Atlanta
At-large councilmember Mary Norwood @marynorwood
At-large councilmember Michael Julian Bond @Michael_J_Bond
District 1 Councilmember Carla Smith  
District 2 Kwanza Hall   @kwanzahall
District 3 Ivory Lee Young @IvoryLeeYoungJr
District 4 Cleta Winslow @cmwinslow04
District 5 Natalyn M. Archibong @N_Archibong
District 6 Alex Wan @AlexWanforATL
District 7 Howard Shook  
District 8 Yolanda Adrean @yadrean
District 9 Felicia Moore  
District 10  C.T. Martin  
District  11 Keisha Bottoms @KeishaBottoms
District 12 Joyce Sheperd @joycesheperd
Mayor Kasim Reed Mayor's Office  

You can also call the Council main desk at (404) 330-6030. 


 

Street

From

To

Planning comments

New Pavement Marking Quantities for Bid Add Alt*

8th St

Peachtree St

Piedmont Ave

Add sharrows (alt to Core Bicycle Connection on 10th St per Cycle Atlanta 1.0 initial recs)

·   10 sharrows

8th St

Williams St

Peachtree St

Add contraflow westbound bicycle lane between W Peachtree St and Peachtree St (alt to Core Bicycle Connection on 10th St per Cycle Atlanta 1.0 initial recs)

6 bicycle lane symbols and arrows

1,900 feet of double yellow centerline

Elizabeth St

Bernina Ave

DeKalb Ave

Add sharrows (key connection between Atlanta BeltLine and MARTA)

Add crosswalks at intersection of Elizabeth St and Austin Ave/Lake Ave

30 sharrows

180 feet of 8’-wide piano –style crosswalks

Peachtree Pl

Williams St

Peachtree St

Suggest removal of section of roadway between Williams St and Spring St from list (new development and two-way conversion being permitted)

Adjust/remove center line between Spring St and W Peachtree St (westbound lane blocked by parking)

Add bicycle lanes between W Peachtree St and Crescent Ave (key connection to MARTA)

12 bicycle lane symbols and arrows

1,700 feet of white edgeline

Wilmer St

Rankin St

Dallas St

Remove roadway from list (will be completely rebuilt as part of apartment development under construction)

    N/A

W Marietta St

Marietta Blvd

JE Lowery Blvd

Complete street retrofit to add two-way left-turn lane and paved shoulders (11-12’ travel lanes to accommodate trucks)

·   36 left-turn arrows

·   3,550 feet of double yellow centerline

·   3,550 feet of dashed yellow center line

·   7,100 feet of white edgeline

DeFoor Ave

Howell Mill Rd

Collier Rd

Add uphill bicycle lanes

·   15 bicycle lane symbols and arrows

·   5,800 feet of white edgeline

Headland Rd

Greenbriar Pkwy

City Limits

Complete street retrofit to add two-way left-turn lane and bicycle lanes. This will make the travel lanes consistent with the City of East Point section (Secondary Bicycle Connection).

·   6 bicycle lane symbols and arrows

·   2,000 feet of white edgeline

Totals

·   40 sharrows

·   39 bicycle lane symbols and arrows

·   36 left-turn arrows

·   180 feet of 8’-wide piano –style crosswalks

·   16,600 feet of white edgeline

·   3,550 feet of dashed yellow centerline

·   5,450 feet of double yellow centerline