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CRITICAL ASK - $37.5 MILLION (15%) FOR BIKES IN 2015
Want to add up to 100 miles of comfortable and connected bikeways in Atlanta? Then we need you to show up and voice your support! Please attend a public meeting this summer. The City of Atlanta is proposing a $250 million infrastructure bond to address the backlog of city infrastructure repairs and improvements. We're asking that 15%, or $37.5 million, go to bike projects. We're also asking that any roadway and bridge projects become "Complete Streets" that serve the needs of people in all modes of transportation.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has committed to making Atlanta a top ten city for cycling by 2016. Here's our chance to build out a network of bikeways that will connect the city and create a brighter future.
July 15 from 6-8 pm: Charles R Drew Charter School in East Lake/Kirkwood
What could we do with 15%?
- It would build the entire Cycle Atlanta study ($10 million) DeKalb Avenue, long overdue for resurfacing, could become a Complete Street with comfortable and accessible bikeways, sidewalks, turn lanes to reduce congestion, and safer travel for everyone
- Lee Street could get a protected bike lane that would make it safer to walk or bike, while creating potential for redevelopment in an underserved community.
- Georgia State students could safely bike to Midtown via protected bike lanes on what are now dangerous surface streets, and our three large city universities - Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and the Atlanta University Center (AUC: Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta) - would be connected via safe bicycle corridors.
- Atlanta could reclaim its history as a city built around transportation infrastructure that works. Our former rail lines, built on the nice, flat ridgelines of the city, could be transformed into walkable, bikeable, and welcoming corridors for residents, commuters, and the visitors who support our local economy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Bond?
Bonds are investment opportunities issued by an entity that is authorized to sell bonds to investors. After the bonds are released into the market and investors subscribe to them, the proceeds are used to finance infrastructure projects. These developments include basic facilities and other projects. The facilities may include transportation and communication systems, and public buildings.
Why do an Infrastructure Bond?
Atlanta has aging transportation infrastructure: $881M is needed to restore and/or replace existing bridges, roads, sidewalks, street lights, signals and signs to good condition. Atlanta has aging facility infrastructure: $130.8M is needed to restore and/or replace city facilities (fire stations, police stations, recreation centers, etc.) to good condition.
Who will decide and when?
The decision will rest with the voters: The City of Atlanta recommends a diversified funding plan to address the infrastructure backlog that begins with a $250M general obligation bond to be presented to the voters in March 2015.
Inquiries related to the Proposed Infrastructure Bond may be sent to:
City of Atlanta Department of Public Works Office of Transportation Capital Projects.
ATTN: Rodney Givens, P.E., 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 4500 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 330-6739