BeltLine plans workshops on environmental effects

Over the next month, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and MARTA will conduct public workshops as part of the project’s environmental impact study, with one workshop in each of the BeltLine Study Group areas.

The workshop for the Northside Study Group, which most directly affects the proposed BeltLine development in south Buckhead, will be held Monday, May 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Piedmont Hospital, 1984 Peachtree Road.

The purpose is to fully engage the public in discussions on items such as the preferred alignments for transit and trails and the preferred type of rail service.

Mount up for BeltLine Bike Tour

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will lead the second annual BeltLine Bike Tour on Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The ride will start at Gordon White Park and follow the West End Trail, the first completed BeltLine trail.

The fee is $5 for children, $10 for adults or $20 for families. The bike tour offers options suited to a wide range of riders:

• Family fun ride (1 mile). Sticks to the West End Trail, a biking and walking path.

• Family fun ride plus (4 miles). Follows the West End Trail and heads west to a rest stop at the Outdoor Activity Center.

• Casual bike ride (16 to 18 miles). Heads east to Reynoldstown, including a stop at Trees Atlanta’s platinum LEED-certified building.

• Urban exploration ride (29 miles). Covers the full BeltLine, starting in South Atlanta and heading west, including a rest stop at the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Peachtree Battle to hold neighborhood cleanup

The Peachtree Battle Alliance is seeking volunteers for a spring cleanup of Peachtree Creek and neighborhood parks Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The cleanup will include Peachtree Creek along Woodward Way from the Bobby Jones Golf Course clubhouse west to Northside Drive and hit such parks as Sibley, Woodward Way, Haynes Manor and the median parks on Peachtree Battle Avenue.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. at Woodward Way and Alton for coffee and doughnuts and hear author/photographer Dave Kaufman talk about his book, “Peachtree Creek, a Natural and Unnatural History of Atlanta’s Watershed.”

To volunteer, e-mail to let Eli Green know whether you prefer to clean the creek or a park. Those planning to help clean the creek should wear rubber boots or waders and heavy rubber gloves.