Friday, January 25, 2013

Midtown to add new bicycle, streetscape projects

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Improvements planned for Juniper Street, Piedmont Avenue, and part of 10th Street
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City Hall transportation planners and the Midtown Alliance are planning a series of new streetscape and bicycle improvement projects in Midtown and want your input about the projects.

The plan includes the addition of three new bicycle "tracks," or separated bike lanes: a two-way track on 10th Street that runs from Monroe Drive to Charles Allen Drive, a one-way southbound track on Juniper Street between 14th Street to Ponce de Leon Avenue, and a one-way northbound track on Piedmont Avenue that spans the same distance.

The 10th Street track would extend off of the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. As a result, cyclists would have access to Piedmont Park, the Midtown MARTA Station, and the general Midtown neighborhood.

Thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Juniper Street, in addition to its one-way cycle track, will get new sidewalks, trees, high-efficiency street lighting, permanent on-street parking, and green stormwater infrastructure, which the Midtown Alliance says will help "transform this corridor into one of Atlanta's greenest streets." There are also plans in the works to install permanent on-street parking in some areas along Piedmont Avenue.

Both the city and civic organization will host an open house on Jan. 30 from 5-7 p.m. to solicit feedback on the plans for new sidewalks and cycle tracks on Juniper Street. That event will take place at 999 Peachtree Street, Suite 500.

Representatives will host brief presentations on each project between 5 and 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Q&A. They also plan to discuss how these projects fit into the Connect Atlanta Plan, the city's transportation plan.

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