Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, affectionately known as RDA, serves as a major corridor for schools, historic neighborhoods, and businesses in Southwest Atlanta. RDA is a large street with fast traffic and a lonely stretch of bike lane between Murphy Ave and I-85. The road, whether by bike or by car, is often perilous due to potholes, debris, and jagged train tracks.
RDA turns into Georgia Avenue and runs through seven amazing Atlanta neighborhoods: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition connects these neighborhoods at Atlanta Streets Alive. You can help make this a more livable, walkable, and bikeable corridor all year-round by supporting our campaign for bike lanes and regular maintenance on RDA and Georgia Avenue.
In addition to bike lanes on RDA and Georgia Avenue, we are advocating for:
- Resurfacing and repairing dangerous potholes on RDA
- Regularly maintaining this critical corridor by sweeping trash and debris
- Paving over the hazardous out-of-use train tracks
Last week was a big week for our #Bond4Bikes campaign, with two big events: the Ride the Gap and the start of early voting for the Infrastructure Bond.
“What makes Lee Street livable as it is today?”
Brent Brewer, a resident of the Historic West End, asked this question at last week’s People for a Livable Lee Street Listening Session.Read more
ADOPT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, NPU, COUNCILMEMBER
In a city of neighborhoods, one key to progress is for neighborhoods to become more bikeable. And with the city funding in place to build more bike projects, joining your neighborhood association might be the best way to help that happen! Attend meetings, voice support for bike projects, and you'll benefit both your community, and biking in general. You can also ask if there's a transportation committee and join if so - many recommendations made at the committee level get approved by the neighborhood association.
Neighborhood Planning Units, also known as NPUs, are another good way to get involved. The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five NPUs -- "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government."
Finally, because many of our calls to action involve contacting an Atlanta city councilmember, get to know yours ahead of time! Click here to find your representative on the Atlanta City Council.