Vision: Connecting the City

Atlanta needs safe, convenient, and connected bikeways to make getting places by bike possible for everyone. 

Too many of our key corridors do just the opposite - they create barriers to biking due to high speed, traffic, and lack of bike facilities.

Connecting the City is our vision for making biking in Atlanta accessible by connecting neighborhoods, jobs, social destinations, the Atlanta BeltLine, and transit.

The initial focus on Connecting the City was on three cross-town corridors: Peachtree Street, DeKalb Avenue, and Lee Street. These streets were chosen because they are relatively flat in a hilly city, connect neighborhoods with destinations, jobs, and transit, are currently barriers due to high speeds, dangerous lane configurations, and lack of bike infrastructure, have the potential to transform the city's bike network, have high unmet demand for biking options, and have few good alternatives. 

We then thought about upgrades that would add protection to existing painted bike lanes, making them low-stress bikeways.

Next, through the Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond approved by voters in 2015, we wanted to seize the opportunity to significantly increase the city's bikeway mileage by ensuring street repavings added bike lanes wherever possible. 

As streets from our initial 2013 Connecting the City campaign make their way into the plans, we expanded our focus to create more community connections to the BeltLine - and beyond. 

Atlanta Streets Alive is our way of demonstrating the demand for streets safe for biking and walking everyday, by opening streets for people and closing them to cars for the afternoon. 

Help us transform our city's streets into livable, walkable, bikeable boulevards that connect, rather than divide, our city, by joining ABC, making a donation to support our efforts, or using this form to ask your ATL Councilmember to connect the city by bike. 


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