Published on March 18th, 2015 |1
City forms advisory unit to expand walking, biking in projects
Reed announced that Atlanta has joined the national “Mayor’s Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets Challenge,” an initiative based on the 2010 USDOT Policy Statement to
incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects.
It also follows on the heels of Mayor Reed signing a contract to start the city’s bike-sharing program later this year with 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations throughout the city. Reed considers the bike share program a critical component of his goal to double bicycle to work commuters from 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent by the year 2016.
The contract is with CycleHop, the bike share operator, and its partners Social Bicycles and local firms Center Forward and Iconologic, according to the city’s Department of Planning & Community Development.
Atlanta’s new Safer Streets Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Melissa Mullinax, Reed’s senior advisor, and Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. The full committee will include community representatives, members of the City Council and city staff with expertise in planning and public works.
“Connecting the city for cyclists and pedestrians delivers benefits across the board – health, safety, environmental, transportation and overall quality of life,” Reed said in a press release.
Mayor Reed’s office notes that People for Bikes chose Atlanta for their Green Lane Project. As one of six U.S. cities poised to be national leaders in installing protected bike lanes, the city receives financial, strategic and technical assistance to create low-stress streets and increase vitality in urban centers through the installation of protected bike lanes, Reed’s office said.