“Less than two weeks ago, we announced our Action Plan for Safer Streets,” Bottoms said in a media statement. “Today, we are taking action with an innovative rapid deployment to bring changes faster while allowing us to use data to measure the project’s impact and success.”
Starting Oct. 19, the city, in partnership with Midtown Alliance, will install a one-way, westbound bike lane from Myrtle Street to Juniper Street connecting the ends of two existing bike facilities. This pop-up will improve connectivity in the bike network while providing a direct, safe route for people riding bikes and scooters to get from the BeltLine to Peachtree Street. The lane will be separated from traffic by a temporary protective barrier, and a combination of signage and markings will alert people to bus access points and car crossings.
However, the installation will only last for one week, ending Oct. 26, but will allow the to collect data on bike and scooter ridership, safety, community impacts, and car traffic. Findings will be shared as part of ongoing city-wide engagement for safer streets designs across the city.
An open house session to review the plans with the community will take place this Thursday, Oct. 10, at Midtown Alliance offices from 5 to 7 p.m.