Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/11/12
Bicycle Project, Expo and New App Enhance Bicycle Safety in City of Atlanta
Bicycle initiatives demonstrate City’s commitment to key partnerships and investments with new bicycle improvements aimed at safety
ATLANTA –Today, Mayor Kasim Reed and various bicycle transportation partners, including the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Midtown Alliance and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced three new initiatives to boost rider safety, sustainability and access.
During a news conference at Tech Square near the intersection of 5th and West Peachtree streets at Georgia Tech’s Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business, Mayor Reed celebrated the completion of a bicycle improvement project. Alterations to the intersection have resulted in the City’s first raised bicycle track, green bicycle lane, two-stage left-turn box and bicycle signal at the intersection. These alterations will enable cyclists to safely cross a busy intersection and be guided by a dedicated bicycle lane and traffic signal. The project was jointly funded by the Midtown Alliance, Bikes Belong Foundation and Georgia Tech, in cooperation with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
“Thanks to a dynamic partnership, two segments of on-street bicycle lanes along 5th Street at West Peachtree Street are now connected, allowing cyclists to safely ride to work, home and campus,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Connecting communities to regional job and activity centers, Atlanta Streetcar and MARTA rail stations, city parks and the Atlanta BeltLine corridor is a priority for my administration.”
As part of a planning effort between the City of Atlanta and Georgia Tech,
a new smartphone app was also unveiled at the news conference. The iPhone and Android version of the app called Cycle Atlanta is available for download and designed specifically for City of Atlanta bicyclists to provide direct feedback to the City’s Department of Planning and
Community Development transportation planning staff.
“We want to know what bicyclists who use routes across the city consider to be barriers and obstacles to riding, said Commissioner James Shelby of the Department of Planning and Community Development. “This new app will give us good information and greater insight about areas that need improvement like the one here at Tech Square.”
“Faculty and student researchers at Georgia Tech partnered with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Atlanta Regional Commission to develop a tool that allows cyclists to personally help the City make the best decisions as we create a more enjoyable, safer cycling community,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “Cycle Atlanta is yet another example of Georgia Tech innovation and the power of partnerships.”
The Cycle Atlanta app also has an interactive component that will allow bicyclists who download it to participate in the Cycle Atlanta Study: Phase I.0 planning effort.
Over the next three years, the City of Atlanta is poised to construct 34 miles of high-quality bicycle routes, paths and other facilities. These projects include:
New bicycle lanes along Auburn Avenue and Edgewood Avenue linking the Old Fourth Ward to Georgia State University.
Georgia’s first protected one-way cycle track along Juniper Street connecting Piedmont Park to downtown Atlanta.
Buffered bicycle lanes along Ponce de Leon Avenue providing a direct link from the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Ponce City Market to the heart of Midtown.
Two-way cycle track between Centennial Olympic Park and Freedom Park.
Bicycle lanes and cycle track connection between Brownwood Park and Grant Park.
Direct connection between the Atlanta University Center, Castleberry Hill and downtown Atlanta.
Over nine miles of shared-use path connections in northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest Atlanta connecting various business districts, parks and schools.
City planners are also working toward doubling the rate of bicycle commuting by city residents from 1.1% to 2.2% by the year 2016. City partners such as Atlanta BeltLine Inc., Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Transportation, Community Improvement Districts, the PATH Foundation and private funding partners continue to support bicycle plans city-wide.
During the press conference, the City of Atlanta also announced the 2012 Cycle Atlanta Expo taking place today at City Hall. The Expo marks the first time city officials have hosted an event designed to encourage bicycle commuting as an alternative to driving among city employees and residents.
About the Department of Planning and Community Development:
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, and housing preservation and assistance services and programs.
# # #
For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @City_of_Atlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed.