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Transportation Sales Tax Referendum: Top Ten Regional Bike Projects
On July 31, 2012, voters in the ten-county Atlanta metro area will decide whether to fund local and regional transportation projects through a regional transportation referendum. The Georgia state economist has estimated total revenues from the referendum to be $7.2 billion over the ten-year period. This will be split into two separate pots of money: $6.1 billion (85% of the total) for regional projects, and 15% allocated directly to counties and cities for local projects.
For those who ride a bike or would like to, we've assembled a list of the bicycle projects the funding would build. Below is a highlights version of the regional list. Click here to see our Highlighted City of Atlanta Local Bike Projects.
While there are only a handful of stand-alone bicycle projects on the list, 45-60% of the road projects take a "complete streets" approach, integrating bicycle and/or pedestrian facilities with roadway improvements. Rather than bemoaning the lack of bike-only projects, we celebrate our inclusion in road building - this is a big step in the right direction towards truly complete streets!
To check out list for yourself, click here for detailed project descriptions, here for the regional project list, or check out the Atlanta Regional Roundtable's interactive map (great tool to find projects in your area!)
For our full story on this topic, please visit "Want more bike projects? Check out the regional transportation sales tax lists, then vote July 31!"
Regional Bike Projects
TIA-AT-004 and TIA-AT-007 Atlanta BeltLine trails (and transit) -- Streetcar, rail access, and trails. "The project includes the construction of a streetcar line with stations approximately every ½ mile and 10 years of operations and maintenance funding...[and] an infill station on the MARTA Green Line"
TIA-DK-007 Decatur to Clifton Corridor -- Transit connectivity and safety improvements. “Commerce Drive and Clairemont Avenue will be redesigned to provide safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities like sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and streetscaping. This will supplement existing TE funded projects for Church Street bicycle lanes... Commerce Drive is one of the highest crash locations for cyclists in the Metro Atlanta region and safety improvements are needed.”
TIA-DO-009 and TIA-DO-010 Dorris Road Multiuse Path Phase I and II --Transportation center to Prestley Mill Road. This multi-use path would connect to the Douglas County Multi-modal Transportation Center and Prestley Mill Road, among other destinations and job centers, including West Central Technical College, the Douglas County Transportation Center, Wellstar Hospital, various medical offices, the Douglas County Senior Center, the new jail, and the Douglas County Courthouse.
TIA-DK-033 N. Indian Creek Drive (Stone Mtn Path) from Memorial Drive to Montreal Road --Corridor Improvements. “Expected design elements include raised medians, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, enhanced pedestrian crossings, turn lanes, roadway resurfacing, intersection improvements... The roadway, which connects downtown Clarkston to the Memorial Drive corridor, supports significant transit and pedestrian traffic drawn to Clarkston High School and Georgia Perimeter College."
TIA-DK-057 Buford Hwy / Peachtree Industrial -- New alignment. “This project completes a regional link from Buford Hwy to Peachtree Blvd.... It also includes a bridge over the New Peachtree road/rail corridor and connects existing roads... The proposed typical section includes...two cycle tracks.... It would establish crucial connectivity to the General Motors site from Doraville and Chamblee.”
TIA-DK-048 Rockbridge Road from Memorial Drive Rock Chapel Road -- Corridor improvements. "This...[9 mile] project incorporates...additional turn lanes, traffic signalization upgrades, pedestrian crosswalk improvements at transit stops and bicycle facilities.
TIA-GW-069 Walther Blvd near Georgia Gwinnett College North/South connection--New alignment and overpass at SR 316. “The purpose of the project is to provide Georgia Gwinnett College an alternative vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access across SR 316.”
- TIA-FN-035 Atlanta Street from Chattahoochee River to Marietta Highway -- Corridor improvements. “This project will improve multimodal connections between the riverfront and Roswell’s Historic District.”
- TIA-FN-002 Kimball Bridge Rd from State Bridge Road to Jones Bridge Road -- Widening from 2 to 4 lanes. “Pedestrian and bike improvements will include multi-use trail along the northern shoulder and will align with the City of Johns Creekâs Future Sidewalk and Trail Network Map."
- TIA-DK-069 Mt Vernon Rd from Fulton County line to Dunwoody Club Drive -- Corridor improvements. “The Mount Vernon Road corridor improvement project includes...bike lanes.”