The Green Lane Project will help Atlanta get more protected bike lanes like these on West Peachtree. (Photo courtesy Midtown Alliance)

Out of 60 applicants, the city of Atlanta is one of only six national cities selected to participate in the Green Lane Project, which works with U.S. cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country.

These on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to make riding a bike an appealing option for more people. Other cities selected for the Green Lane Project include Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

Over the next two years, the city of Atlanta plans to launch its first bike share program that will include approximately 50 stations and 500 bikes. Plans are underway to build miles of multi-use trails, bike lanes, and cycle tracks.

“Over the next three years, Atlanta will add 120 miles of bicycle lanes, multi-use trails, and cycle tracks. Along with the rollout of a bike share system in 2015, we believe bicycling will become an increasingly popular way to get around Atlanta,” said Commissioner James E. Shelby, Department of Planning and Community Development.

“The Green Lane Project gives our planning staff direct access to international industry experts who have been doing this work for over 40 years,” said Atlanta Director of Planning, Charletta Wilson Jacks.

The city hopes to double the bicycle commute to work mode share from 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent and double the miles of high-quality bicycle lanes and protected bicycle facilities to 60 miles, both by 2016.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.