Tomorrow, Atlanta residents go to the voting booth to decide on a $250 million bond package for infrastructure. The measure comes a few years after voters refused a 1 percent sales tax hike to fund infrastructure projects around the region.
Darin Givens at ATL Urbanist was curious about what approval of the measure would mean for biking and walking, so he reached out to two local experts. Rebecca Serna at the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition said it was likely to advance bike infrastructure somewhat:
“The project list represents a big step forward for safety on Atlanta roads — for everyone, not just people on bikes, because streets that are safe enough to walk and bike have fewer motor vehicle crashes too. The big Complete Streets projects on the list, like DeKalb Avenue and MLK, are important indications of how highly the city prioritizes the safety of people on foot and bike, and could transform corridors that are currently big barriers to biking and walking.
That said, we’d like to see some additions, such as Lee Street in SW Atlanta, and the expansion of the DeKalb Ave project to connect to the existing Decatur St bike lanes. Also, bridge projects like Courtland need to become Complete Streets – federal guidelines are very clear on that, and the city’s own Cycle Atlanta plan calls for a two-way protected bike lane on Courtland.
But Sally Flocks at PEDS, a local pedestrian advocacy organization, is less optimistic: