Faced with thousands of comments, many negative, state transportation officials have officially abandoned plans to add bike lanes to a portion of Peachtree Road through Buckhead.
The Atlanta City Council and the state Department of Transportation praised the massive public input that caused GDOT to kill the bike lane plan.
In the Dec. 11 decision, GDOT said the hundreds of residents who attended meetings and gave thousands of comments were a “shining example” of public process, but also urged bike advocates to continue their work. The plan was heavily opposed by local residents, but became a hot spot of bicycle activism citywide.
GDOT said it received more than 2,000 comments about the project, with over 70 percent opposing the bike lanes. Among the opponents was the Buckhead Coalition, a group of business leaders.
“I believe GDOT has worked so hard and so earnestly to make everyone happy—naively. It’s probably the last time they will actually have a public hearing,” said Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook at a Dec. 15 meeting of the Buckhead Community Improvement District.
City Council on Dec. 16 approved a resolution, introduced by Shook and Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, expressing appreciation to GDOT for “the depth of the engineering analysis provided and gratitude for its attentiveness to public input.”