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The City of Atlanta faces major challenges in the realm of transportation, mobility, affordable housing, equity, climate change, and traffic safety.
In 2018 alone, the City will adopt an ambitious Comprehensive Transportation Plan, manage the rise of micro-mobility (scooters and dockless electric bikes), create affordable housing strategies around access to reliable transportation, deal with a backlog of Complete Streets projects under the Renew Atlanta program, meet the goals of Bloomberg's American Cities Climate Challenge, and, finally, confront the reality that the high concentration of crashes on Atlanta's High-Injury Network are preventable.
Is our current transportation structure up to the task?
In 2017, Councilmember At-Large Andre Dickens commissioned a study to find out. The feasibility study was an exhaustive independent review of our current transportation structure. Relying on dozens of stakeholder interviews with transportation professionals both in and outside Atlanta along with a comparative analysis of 11 peer cities across the U.S., the report found alarming deficiencies in our current structure. It proposed that the City "set a goal of consolidating all transportation functions in the City into a stand-alone transportation-focused department, led by a new Commissioner [and] name the agency the 'Atlanta Department of Mobility and Streets (ADMS).'"
Creating an Atlanta Department of Transportation would restructure our current transportation, public works, and planning tools in order to better leverage resources and streamline project delivery. It would be more efficient and better able to implement a strong vision for our city's equitable future.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition supports a stand-alone department dedicated to streets and mobility. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Councilmember At-Large Andre Dickens, and Councilmembers and City Leaders across Atlanta agree that the time is now.
What do we want?
After reviewing the feasibility study, our preferred option is for the Mayor to appoint an “Interim Director of Transportation” to establish the department with minimal political pressure.
After 9 months, the mayor would then appoint a permanent Director of Transportation to implement the strategic plan, facilitate communication within existing departments, and engage employees and stakeholders in the process of governance restructuring.
The Director of Transportation will report to the Mayor and Chief of Staff and will lead both the reorganization process and the newly created department.
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The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is proud to call our Atlanta Streets Alive Sponsors Business Members:
The City of Atlanta
Central Atlanta Progress
The Woodruff Arts Center
Custom Signs Today
And our Fall Fundraiser hosts:
J. Rich Atlanta
Arnall Golden Gregory
ASPIS Parking Solutions
Billy Streck & Craig Richards
CF Real Estate Services
Cushman & Wakefield
East Decatur Station
HNN Atlanta Inc
JE Dunn Construction
Moore Stephens Tiller
Noell Consulting Group
Pond & Company
Robert & Carolyn Riordan
Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio
South City Partners
Vantage Realty Partners
Walker & Dunlop
Three Taverns Brewery
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Business/organizational members of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition shall not allow discrimination on any basis, including race, color, religion/creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin/ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status or any basis, in any of its activities or operations including but not limited to selection of vendors and provision of services.