With a burgeoning bike culture that saw the fastest rise in bike commuting in America from 2000-2009, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has recognized the potential in this grassroots growth by announcing the goal of being a top-ten cycling city by 2016.
Notoriously sprawling Atlanta is the new entrant in the race to become one of America's bike-friendliest cities. Kate Sweeney looks at the ways city leaders are seeking to build on Atlanta's bottom-up bike culture in order to become one of the bike-friendliest cities in the country.
"Earlier this year, Mayor Kasim Reed’s office promised cycling improvements on a scale Atlanta’s never seen, investing more than $2 million in biking infrastructure. By 2016, Atlanta pledges to double its miles of bike lanes. This includes adding lanes that will connect the Atlanta University Center to downtown and connect the Beltline with Centennial Olympic Park, among other plans."
"Really, the move for more bike lanes, trails, and the city’s next highlighted project—a bike-share program—isn’t coming mainly from the city at all," says Sweeney. "It’s coming from the cyclists who want it. And if it’s to continue, it’s up to the folks on two wheels to continue to push."
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