Published on November 23rd, 2015 |5
Buckhead Coalition opposes bike lanes on any part of Peachtree Road
Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell has written Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry stating, “We respectfully urge the state, our city, and our (Buckhead) CID to discontinue any further consideration of adding any such bike lanes on this public right-of-way.”
In his letter, Massell wrote: “From our members and from the general public, it appears that the argument we face concerning adding bike lanes now to part of Peachtree separates at about age 30 for those in favor against those opposed. On a popular vote, we believe that would calculate to as many as 63 percent being in opposition.”
However, Massell acknowledged this position profile is changing with the growing Millennial demographic. But for now, those who are older feel strongly about the safety factor if bike lanes are added to Peachtree Road, according to a Coalition press release.
The Mission of the Buckhead Coalition is “to nurture the quality life of those who live, visit, work and play in this (Buckhead) community,” Massell explained. “As such we see our position must be to oppose any restriping of any part of Peachtree in Buckhead (between I-85 and Club Drive) that includes bike lanes at this time.”
Massell came to this position after first establishing a strong identification with bicyclists, starting back 45 years ago when he was at City Hall and established a “Pedal Pool” with donated bikes for staffers to use when having short trips to make in and around Downtown.
Most recently, the Coalition provided bike racks for police cars for the bicycle-assigned officers to expedite arrival at their beats. He added to this a number of other illustrations, including that of paying dues to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
Massell sent a copy of his letter (attached) to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Buckhead City Council Representatives Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, and Mary Norwood and to Buckhead Community Improvement District Chairman David Allman.