DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. In 2015, Atlanta voters overwhelming approved the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond to update and improve our streets, including a Complete Street for DeKalb Avenue. After three years of public meetings, funding for the Complete Street on DeKalb Avenue was cut, leaving only resurfacing and reversible lane removal in the budget.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms identified major funding shortfalls in the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST programs that would jeopardize long overdue projects overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2015 and 2016. Safety, mobility, and affordability are at the heart of Atlanta’s Transportation Plan which was recently approved by City Council.
In April 2018, we transformed DeKalb Avenue at Atlanta Streets Alive - Eastside! 74,000 people biked, walked, skated, or pushed strollers at Atlanta Streets Alive. That’s nearly a week’s worth of car traffic crammed into 4 hours on a street that carries about 15,000 vehicles per day. This route connected 11 Atlanta neighborhoods -- Downtown, Sweet Auburn, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, Little Five Points, Reynoldstown, Candler Park, Edgewood, Lake Claire, and Kirkwood.
Following our successful Atlanta Streets Alive, Renew Atlanta led a public meeting where they stated that the Complete Street project would be divided into two phases, beginning with the removal of the reversible lane. Phase 1 never happened and the reversible lane still remains.
Our vision for DeKalb Avenue