Muni-Monday – Inside Atlanta’s Bike Lane Face-Lift Schedule

by Candace Garcia

If you re-surface it, will they add bike lanes? 

Soooo, we at My Darling Atlanta found an ordinance involving the Department of Public Works, street re-surfacing and bike lanes.

It says something along the lines of this: When you resurface a street, throw in a bike lane.

More specifically, it states that “…department of public works shall install proposed bicycle routes and lanes concurrent with the resurfacing or improvement of all streets along which a bicycle route or lane is proposed in the city’s comprehensive development plan.”

Huh? Wait a minute, what streets? And what is a comprehensive development plan?

Glad you asked, Atlanta.

This ordinance is referring to the Connect Atlanta Plan adopted by our own Atlanta City Council in 2008. Feel free to go through it page by fascinating page. But if this isn’t your favorite kind of bathroom read, let us break it down for you real quick.

The Connect Atlanta Plan is our city’s comprehensive transportation plan, and it lists several bike projects that should be implemented. Some of these projects have been implemented, like on Edgewood Avenue. Some are just destined for bike lanes based on future re-surfacing plans—whenever that happens.

Guess what other streets on this futuristic spreadsheet were resurfaced without bike lanes since this code was written. If you guessed Dekalb Avenue you are correct, my friend!

 So now that we have empowered you with information, help us run some recon on two other questions, yeah? Such as:

  • Have any of these streets been resurfaced since 2008 and not had a bike lane added? And:

  • How does the City of Atlanta determine which streets will be resurfaced? What are the criteria?

Let us know in the comments!

Sec. 150-65. – Bicycle routes, bicycle lanes, and multi-use trails.

(a) (1) Installation. The department of public works shall install designated bicycle routes and lanes along city streets in accordance with the city’s comprehensive development plan. Said routes and lanes shall conform with the design standards and guidelines set forth by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in the most recent version of its “Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities.” The department of public works shall submit the proposed design of all bicycle routes and lanes to the department of planning, development and neighborhood conservation and to the Atlanta Bicycle Planning Committee for their review and comment prior to installation. Furthermore, the department of public works shall install proposed bicycle routes and lanes concurrent with the resurfacing or improvement of all streets along which a bicycle route or lane is proposed in the city’s comprehensive development plan.

(2) Removal. Designated bicycle routes, bicycle lanes, and multi-use trails shall not be removed or substantially altered except as specifically authorized by the city council through an appropriate resolution. However, this provision shall not apply to the temporary removal of bicycle lanes or the temporary re-routing of bicycle routes as necessitated by street resurfacing, widening, or other construction activities.

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