Friday, October 12, 2012

Atlanta's upcoming bike plans: Buffered lanes on Ponce, protected lane on Juniper, and more

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Somewhat buried in the city's press release about opening the new bike lanes near Tech Square, unveiling the free CycleAtlanta app, and kicking off City Hall's first-ever Bike Expo — all in one day — was this nugget of information about the city's plans for bicycling infrastructure:

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 [ed. we added the links]:

* 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.

We first heard from a source that funding for the buffered bike lanes along Ponce de Leon Avenue — a project that could really help change how people move through the city — was expected to be allocated in 2014. We're waiting for more details and will update when we hear word.

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