Published on June 2nd, 2016 |1
ARC adopts ‘Walk. Bike. Thrive!’ plan to foster bike, walk friendly region
The board of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) approved on May 26 a bicycle and pedestrian plan dubbed “Walk. Bike. Thrive!” designed to foster a more bike-friendly and walk-friendly region.
The plan introduces a new framework for prioritizing regional investments in walking and biking. It also provides tools to help local jurisdictions offer residents safer, more comfortable places to walk and bike, providing greater access to active transportation.
“Metro Atlanta residents, from Millennials to Baby Boomers, want more opportunities to travel without hopping in a car,” said Mike Alexander, director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities. “This plan provides a roadmap to help our region meet this demand and create healthier, more livable communities.”
ARC’s bicycle-pedestrian plan envisions the completion of community-scale walking and bicycling networks, a regional-scale trail network and first- and last-mile connections to regional transit systems.
ARC’s long-range plan, the Atlanta Region’s Plan, includes more than $1 billion in funding through 2040 for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure such as sidewalks, bikeways and trails. The bicycle-pedestrian plan will ensure that these funds are allocated in a strategic fashion that helps connect popular destinations such as parks, schools, shops and transit stops.
Meanwhile, ARC and several of its planning partners will begin closing the gaps in the regional trail network. Connecting major trails, such as the Silver Comet Trail, Big Creek Greenway, Arabia Mountain Path and the Atlanta Beltline, would create one of the most comprehensive regional networks in the nation.
Roughly 42 percent of metro Atlantans live within a five-minute bike ride of a trail, while 33 percent live within a five-minute ride of a transit stop. But today, fewer than 5 percent of all trips taken in the region are on bike or on foot.