Midtown’s bike scene is surging. With the help of 24-hour video and in-ground counters, Midtown Alliance recently tracked activity in Midtown’s bike lanes, and the results show significant growth in ridership across the board.
Between September 2013 and April 2017, ridership increased by 225% on the 10th Street separated two-way bikeway, a barrier-separated, two-way bike lane connecting the Midtown core to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, from 851 daily cyclists to 2,770 at the 10th and Monroe location. Additionally, the number of bike trips increased in dedicated bike lanes on 5th Street through Technology Square (+95%) and Peachtree Street (+30%) since the start of 2017.
National trends show travel preferences changing in favor of places that offer more connectivity and that make it easier to get around without a car. Millennials in particular are making fewer driving trips and prefer traveling by foot, bike and transit.1
Pair those trends with the growing demand expressed by Midtown’s community for projects that make biking safer. A top emerging theme from community outreach efforts for the Midtown Transportation Plan was a desire to feel safer on the streets while biking and walking. Responses to the 2016 Midtown Community Survey confirmed that need, with 77% of respondents stating that bike-related projects should be a high priority for future transportation enhancements in Midtown.
“Midtown’s street grid has the potential for a premier bicycle network,” said Dan Hourigan, Midtown Alliance’s Director of Transportation & Sustainability. “We want to build off the success of our protected, buffered bike lanes and create a better connected, low-stress network to make it easier and safer to cycle throughout the district.”
Currently, there are 5 miles of existing bike facilities throughout Midtown. Future projects—including Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue—would add an additional 8.75 miles, creating a more complete network. View a map of Midtown’s existing bicycle routes here.
The uptick in bike demand also reinforces the City of Atlanta’s commitment to Relay Bike Share, which launched in 2016. Relay recently expanded their operations to a total of 500 bikes at more than 50 stations citywide, making intown trips to the grocery store, park, dining, and other destinations even easier for residents and visitors.
Posted: July 11, 2017comments powered by Disqus