Forum to Discuss Strategies for Improving Pedestrian Access to Transit

April 3, 2014

 

Approach sidewalks, raised islands and bicycle bypass improve safety at this bus stop in Sheffield, England

Approach sidewalk, raised island and bicycle bypass lane all help improve safety to and from this bus stop in Sheffield, England

 

Since the recent survey data shows that the majority of public transit trips include a walking component, improving the state of pedestrian facilities around stations and bus stops is a key means of supporting existing and potential users of transit services. PEDS, with the support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Kaiser-Permanente and FHWA, has studied this issue and developed a toolkit to help local governments deliver safer routes to transit. Learn more about these issues at a forum scheduled tonight (April 3rd) at the Decatur Recreation Center from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. For more information about the PEDS safe routes to transit toolkit may be found here.


Public Open House Scheduled for Peachtree Road Projects in Buckhead

April 2, 2014

 

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) will host a public open house to gain feedback, present concept drawings, explain the project in detail and seek/answer questions and concerns regarding ongoing work on the Peachtree Road Corridor. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. The project is part of BCID’s Peachtree Transformation initiative, which aims to improve safety and accessibility of this important facility for all users.

The meeting will be held on Thursday (April 3, 2014) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. To learn more about the Peachtree Transformation, please visit the BCID project website.


Upcoming Public Open House to Explore Peachtree Road Improvements in Buckhead

January 28, 2014

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) will host a public open house to gain feedback, present concept drawings, explain the project in detail and seek/answer questions and concerns regarding planned upgrades to the Peachtree Road Corridor from Maple Drive to Sheridan Drive. These upgrades are part of a larger project being led by the Georgia Department of Transportation which will result in a more friendly and accessible transportation facility for all users. More information about the scope and purpose of the project may be found at the BCID Peachtree Transformation webpage.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house, scheduled from 10AM to 6PM for Thursday January 30th 2014 at the Buckhead Theatre (3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30305). Staff will be on hand to answer questions and collect feedback from the public.


Final Coweta CTP Public Hearing Scheduled

November 5, 2013

Efforts are wrapping up on the Coweta County CTP Update and a final public open house has been scheduled to provide citizens an opportunity to review the plan’s recommendations and provide input. Please plan to attend and participate in this last chance to provide feedback on the plan.

The public open house will be held on November 7, 2013, from 6-8pm at the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.  Stop by at any time to review findings, speak with Coweta CTP staff and share your thoughts. There will be no formal presentation.

For the latest news and information on the Coweta CTP, please visit the project website.


Transportation Alternatives Program Turning Local Trails into Regional Network

October 3, 2013

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Making transportation options safer and more appealing are primary goals of the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). According to guidelines, TAP spending should be committed to providing “safe routes for non-motorized travel.” Therefore, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the region’s local governments decided that the region’s $14,360,000 of TAP funding should focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations.

“Currently, all or parts of some 20,000 metro Atlanta commutes are made on bicycles each week, plus many more on foot and transit,” said John Orr, Manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division. “And in today’s world of increasing congestion and decreasing funding, biking and walking are viable modes of transportation in places where they are safe and convenient.”

In addition to transportation access and safety, much of the TAP funding will be spent to lay a foundation for greenway trail connections throughout the region and to help develop a regional network that eventually reaches from Alabama to Covington and from Cumming to Senoia. Special attention is being paid to projects that are located in key locations and are critical for bike and pedestrian safety. Some projects to be funded through the TAP include:

• Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road Bicycle and Pedestrian; DeKalb County; $1,750,000

• Atlanta Beltline Trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue; City of Atlanta; $719,000

• Bob Callan Trail Phase II, US 41 Trail and Trailhead; Cobb County; $620,000

• Western Gwinnett Bikeway Extension; Gwinnett County; $900,000

The TAP is a continuation and combination of the former Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and Recreational Trail programs under previous federal funding bills. A complete list of TAP projects is available here


City of Atlanta to Hold 2nd Annual Bike Expo this Friday

September 30, 2013

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If you’re curious to know more about getting around on a bicycle in the City of Atlanta, make plans to attend Cycle Atlanta Expo 2013. The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development invites the public to attend this event, where you can learn about the services, agencies and future projects to improve bicycle commuting facilities found in the City of Atlanta’s Connect Atlanta Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The Expo is free to all and will be held this Friday, October 4th, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta.


Registration Now Open for Metro Atlanta’s Second-Annual Bike to Work Challenge

September 13, 2013

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Whether you’re an avid bike rider that has pedaled to work for years, or a newbie that is ready to experience the joys of beating rush hour traffic, the Bike to Work Challenge is all about trying a greener and healthier way to get around.  Some people ride all the way into work.  Others ride just to the bus stop or train station.  In fact, at least part of more than 20,000 commutes each week around the Atlanta region happen on a bicycle.

Compete for Prizes and Bragging Rights
Throughout the month of October, individual commuters and teams of two to five people will earn points by riding their bikes to work, participating in bike seminars and instructional classes, and submitting photos for an online contest. You can keep track of how many miles you’ve ridden and compete for cool prizes like Patagonia rain jackets and dry-fit jerseys, not to mention bragging rights on the leader board.

Register now!
Participants who try a pedal-powered commute for the first time will earn bonus points as an individual or for their team.  Whether you challenge a friend, a co-worker or just yourself, grab your commute by the handlebars and register now at www.ATLBikeToWork.org.  Head over to the site quickly — the first 100 people to register receive a REI-branded water bottle.