Atlanta Streets Alive Hopes to Shift City’s Perceptions

Maria Saporta reviews the latest Atlanta Streets Alive event, which shuts down streets to vehicle traffic and turns them over to people, held over the past weekend in the historic neighborhood of West End.
April 21, 2014, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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“West End, one of the more historic neighborhoods in Atlanta, provided a wonderful backdrop for Atlanta Streets Alive, which traveled along the Atlanta BeltLine to the south, Ralph David Abernathy to the north and Murphy Street to the east — for a route encompassing 2.7 miles and passing right by the West End MARTA station,” writes Maria Saporta.

Saporta uses the occasion of the Atlanta Streets Alive open streets event to recap the city and state’s performances in the Alliance for Biking and Walking's Benchmarking report. Atlanta and Georgia both rate poorly according to some measures of walking and biking, but also do surprisingly well in others.

The article also details the current and recent efforts of the bike lobby to shift the public and legal perception of the use of streets.

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Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 in SaportaReport
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