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Monday, February 4, 2013

City Council approves $2.5 million in bicycle projects (Update)

Projects include repaving Krog Street tunnel, Murphy Avenue bike lanes
The Atlanta City Council today approved spending cash from a quality of life bond package to fund several improvements, including $2.5 million in bicycle projects.

That's in addition to the millions of dollars in planned fixes budgeted for the next few years. Projects are planned for areas such as the Krog Street tunnel, Edgewood Avenue, Midtown, and parts of southwest Atlanta.

Among the projects that would be funded include Atlanta's first "bike boulevard" along James P. Brawley Drive. The facility would connect Atlanta University Center to surrounding neighborhoods with mini traffic circles and other fixes.

A "two-way cycle track," which separates bikes from traffic, would be built on Peachtree Center Avenue between Edgewood Avenue and Peachtree Street. The project would allow bicyclists to bypass the downtown streetcar and also link up to well-traveled east-west bicycle routes.

In addition, the sharrows on Charles Allen and Parkway drives would by replaced by either lanes next to car traffic or a separate track to protect bicyclists. Bike lanes are also proposed for Murphy Avenue, Castleberry Hill, Tech Square, and Lake Claire.

Joshuah Mello, the city's assistant transportation planning director, told CL earlier today that the projects were selected because work could start sooner rather than later. He estimates the city aims to start construction on some of the improvements this year.

The $5.8 million bond package will also be used to help match federal funds to pay for streetscape overhauls along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, and East Atlanta Village, to comply with the American With Disabilities Act, and to replace the Adams Drive bridge.

After the jump, a map and rundown of the projects, courtesy of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The nonprofit advocacy group also has a handy chart listing of projects by neighborhood.

NOTE: This post has been updated.

* James P Brawley "bike boulevard" (1st in city) connecting Atlanta University Center to neighborhoods with mini traffic circles and other improvements
* 2-way cycle track on Peachtree Center Ave between Edgewood and Peachtree, to allow cyclists to bypass the streetcar tracks coming to that section of Peachtree Street and better connect to east/west bicycle routes
* A road diet adding bike lanes on Decatur Street, from Jesse Hill to Jackson, connecting GSU to the King Center MARTA station
* Murphy Ave bike lanes, creating better connectivity for residents of Southwest Atlanta and neighboring cities East Point and College Park
* 10th St cycle track on bridge to create a safer crossing
* 10th Street cycle track from Piedmont to Monroe, connecting with the BeltLine Eastside Trail
* Charles Allen/Parkway cycle track or bike lanes
* Krog Street & tunnel add sharrows and lighting, improve pavement in tunnel
* Peachtree St install sharrows on most of Peachtree, bike lanes on wide section over the interstate, connecting with Peachtree Ave cycle track to Edgewood
* 2-way cycle track from Peters St to Mitchell St bridge, connecting Mitchell Street bike lanes with Castleberry Hill neighborhood
* West Peachtree upgrade bike lane to standard width
* 5th Street upgrade bike lane and improve pavement
* McLendon add bike lanes from Arizona to Howard
* Edgewood Ave upgrade bike lanes and intersection improvements (eg bike boxes)

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