By Tom McGowan
Less than a year after launching the Mayor’s Action Plan for Safer Streets, the City of Atlanta is nearing implementation of the Cherokee Avenue protected bike lane and resurfacing project in Grant Park.
The Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) identified the opportunity for quick implementation of the project along Cherokee Avenue from Mead Street to Memorial Drive through a Georgia Department of Transportation grant. Construction is targeted to begin in the August-September time frame, weather permitting.
The Cherokee Avenue Safer Streets project was developed and finalized after six months of extensive public engagement. Surveys revealed that an average of three crashes a month occur in the corridor, more than half of drivers on Cherokee exceed the posted speed limit, and nearly 80 percent of respondents did not feel safe biking with their children in the area.
This project provides a tremendous opportunity to improve neighborhood safety, while also implementing a vision originally set forth in the 1995 City of Atlanta Bike Plan and more recently prioritized in Cycle Atlanta 2.0 and the BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan.
ATLDOT is also working to identify opportunities to improve safety along Hill Street and Boulevard, which both run parallel to Cherokee Avenue in the Grant Park area.
For more details on engagement and design, please visit the Cherokee Avenue Safer Streets Project Update online at bit.ly/SaferCherokeeUpdate.
Once construction begins, track its progress and view project photos through the Atlanta Department of Transportation Twitter feed @ATLDOT, the ATLDOT Facebook page, Instagram channel @ATL.DOT, and the revamped Renew Atlanta-TSPLOST website at http://RenewAtlantaBond.com.