Show up & speak up for 15% for bikeways in 2015!

The City of Atlanta is hosting a 2nd round of public meetings about a possible infrastructure bond in 2015 this September.

To become the bicycle-friendly city we KNOW we can be, we need YOU to show up & speak up for bike$! 

**Let the City know we want 15% of funds to go towards bikeways** - protected bike lanes, multiuse trails, Complete Streets, etc. This small investment will yield great returns in our shared health, wealth, and happiness, and create improvements that are accessible and beneficial for EVERYONE. 

The City is proposing an Infrastructure Bond in 2015 to fix our streets, bridges, roads, sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, and signs; and repair fire stations, police stations, and recreation centers. 
 

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Here's the schedule of September meetings. Please take the time to come and voice your opinion. All meetings are from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sept. 9: Atlanta Metro State College, 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy. 30310

Sept. 11: Atlanta Speech School, 3160 Northside Parkway. 30305

Sept. 18: Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 MLK Jr Dr. 30311

Sept. 23: John Birdine Recreation Center, 215 Lakewood Way 30315

Sept. 25: Atlanta City Hall (Old Council Chambers), 68 Mitchell St. 30303

Sept. 30: Piedmont Hospital Sheperd Ctr. Auditorium, 2020 Peachtree Rd. 30309


From Mayor Reed's Office:  Proposed Infrastructure Bond 2015

Mayor Kasim Reed has made a commitment to address the city's pressing infrastructure challenges. Today, the city faces an infrastructure backlog of more than $900 million. In order to begin improving our city's roads, bridges, sidewalks and expand our green spaces, the city is proposing a bond infrastructure referendum to pay for these repairs and improvements. The Departments of Public Works, Planning and Community Development, in coordination with the Atlanta City Council, are seeking public input to determine priority and criteria for project selection for the bond. To that end, a series of information/community engagement sessions will be held throughout the city to solicit public input on what types of projects should be funded with the bond proceeds. An overview of the state of the city’s infrastructure and the referendum process will be included as part of the discussion. There will be three (3) rounds of public information meet-ings held between June 2014 and February 2015.

What is a Bond?

What is a Bond? A bond s a debt instrument (IOU) issued by a borrower to a lender usually for a period of more than a year for the purpose of raising capital. The borrower (issuer of the bond) promises to make periodic payments (partial repayment of amount borrowed & interest) to the lender (investor) for a specified period of time (maturity). Bonds are usually issued to finance capital infrastructure projects. A bond is different from a stock in that it does not give the lender any ownership rights to property owned by the borrower.


Why do an Infrastructure Bond?

Atlanta has an 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 an aging facility infrastructure: $130.8M is needed to restore and/or replace city facilities (fire stations, police stations, recreation centers, etc.) to good condition. 

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 E: infrastructure@atlantaga.gov

City of Atlanta
Office of Enterprise Assets Management
ATTN: Billy Warren
55 Trinity Avenue, SW – Suite 1225
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 330-6225