The City of Roswell has received a $3 Million Federal grant to build a Bike/Ped Multi-Use Bridge over the Chattahoochee River at Roswell Road. The Multi-Use Bridge would stand alone, running along the west side of the existing Roswell road bridge. Connecting on the south side, the Multi-Use Bridge would loop underneath the existing Roswell Road bridge and open out to Roberts Drive on the east, avoiding the crossing of traffic Roswell Road. On the north side, it would merge with the existing Roswell River trail.
This bridge is on the city limits between Roswell and Sandy Springs and the grant requires a local match -- about $350k from each city. Roswell is willing to come up with their portion of the match, now we need to convince Sandy Springs at their city council meeting on Tuesday, February 16th to do the same.
Eva Galambos, the Sandy Springs Mayor is on the fence with this one and has reportedly stated, “Nobody in Sandy Springs rides bikes”. Why does she think that? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because the organized rides start early in the morning? Maybe it’s because there is no dedicated advocacy group of Sandy Springs citizens that regularly meets with the city and pushes for bicycle accommodations? Maybe it’s because there’s a limited number of locally-owned bike shops in Sandy Springs? Whatever the reason, could we all make the decision today to step forward and offer a bit of support before Tuesday, February 16th?