New bicycle lanes could boost cycling around city

by Lanii Thomas, Senior Public Relations Manager, City of Atlanta | Dept. of Planning & Community Development 
 
Six recently completed projects bring new bike lanes to several neighborhoods and could encourage more people to cycle instead of drive along key corridors in the City of Atlanta. As part of a vision to implement the city’s complete streets policy, City officials are moving forward with goals to make roadways safe for all modes of transportation, including walking, driving and cycling. 
 
The Departments of Planning and Community Development and Public Works are more than halfway through completing 11 fully funded high-priority bicycle projects as part of the City’s comprehensive bicycle plan called Cycle Atlanta Phase 1.0. From alternating bike lanes, to installing new, green bike boxes, to reducing the number of travel lanes on some roadways, these projects are designed to make cycling in Atlanta easier and safer. 
 
In 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council approved a plan to use $2.47 million in remaining bond funds to pay for new stripping and roadway configurations to create better cycling connections to trails, parks, transit and other amenities. 
 
Expanding the city’s bicycle network is a top priority for city officials who have a goal to double the number of bicycle commuters from 1.1% to 2.2% by 2016. The City’s Complete Streets Policy and Connect Atlanta Plan mandate all new bicycle lanes should be at least 4-feet wide. 
 
A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, public transportation stops, pedestrian signals and crossings, median islands, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more. 
 
So, just where are these new bike lanes? Here's a list:
 
Decatur Street Bicycle Lanes & Bicycle Boxes
 
Murphy Avenue Bicycle Lanes
 
Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Bicycle Lanes and Bicycle Boxes
 
Hemphill Avenue Bicycle Lanes
 
Howard Circle/DeKalb Place Resurfacing & Sharrows
 
McDaniel Street Buffered Bicycle Lanes
 
McCLendon Avenue Alternating Bicycle Lanes and Sharrows
 
Willis Mill Road Bicycle Connection/Extension
 
Mozley Park Shared Use Path Extension
 
Freedom Parkway at North Highland Ave. Bicycle Boxes 
 
Howell Mill Road Crosswalks Installed
 
Intersection Improvements
 
In addition to the new bike lane projects, City officials have also completed intersection improvements on Freedom Parkway at North Highland Avenue. This project adds modern bicycle intersection treatments to enable cyclists using the Stone Mountain Trail or other bicycle connections to travel through the intersection safely.