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Friday, November 25, 2011

PATH continues push for network of bike trails connecting metro Atlanta

Atlanta City Councilman Aaron "Pedal to Alabama" Watson and Ed McBrayer, founder of the PATH Foundation, hosted a luncheon at City Hall on Monday to fill us in on the nonprofit organization's grand 20-year vision of a network of bike trails throughout metro Atlanta.

The grand plan — a nifty conceptual map of which can be viewed here — would turn Centennial Olympic Park into the hub for a regional network of off-street bike trails that would, after connecting to the Beltline, stretch outside the perimeter in six different directions.

"If we can truly do this, I think we would be the most connected city in the United States," McBrayer said.

The proposed network would provide carless Atlantans with a contiguous web of bike trails that would give access to destinations far and wide, including Lakewood Amphitheater, Piedmont Hospital and Lenox Mall.

According to McBrayer, a plan to build a bike path between Loridans Drive and Peachtree Creek in the shadow of Ga. 400 has "taken off like a bullet." The group has already raised two-thirds of the funding needed to build the six-mile stretch of trail. PATH is scheduled to construct the project within three years.

One other useful (and far cheaper) development: PATH is also planning to build a connection to CL's favorite grocery, Your DeKalb Farmers Market, via the Stone Mountain Trail.

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