What occurred to these deliberate seventeenth Road bike lanes in Midtown?

Three years in the past this month, a 10-block Midtown initiative referred to as the Spring Road bike lane challenge was chronicled on these pages. On the time, the preliminary part spanning from thirteenth Road all the way down to third Road was experiencing points with illegally parked drivers however had succeeded in serving to create a transportation different by means of a few of Midtown’s most rapidly growing blocks.

The excellent news for Atlanta bicyclists and scooter customers, on the time, continued on seventeenth Road to the north. That’s the place Midtown Alliance officers predicted bike strains could be constructed as soon as the huge Midtown Union mixed-use challenge completed building and eliminated its lane closures.

However now, as anybody touring seventeenth Road between Atlantic Station and Peachtree Road can see, that biking infrastructure has but to be put in. Regardless of the very fact Midtown Union was declared completed by its builders a yr and ½ in the past.

What provides?

Brian Carr, Midtown Alliance advertising and marketing and communications director, tells Urbanize Atlanta plans for seventeenth Road have modified and grown extra complicated, although probably for the higher. The ETA on enhancements, nevertheless, stays up within the air.

Wanting east, seventeenth Road is pictured in Midtown final fall on the base of Midtown Union’s tallest constructing, a 26-story workplace tower sheathed in glass. Google Maps

In brief, the seventeenth Road bike lane initiative—a hyperlink between deliberate biking infrastructure on each West Peachtree and Spring streets that’s ultimately anticipated to succeed in Midtown’s northernmost blocks—has morphed into one thing extra complete, in line with Carr.

That might be the seventeenth Road Hall Enhancements challenge unveiled in late 2023 that features a safer bicycling facility.

Midtown Alliance is engaged on a two-phase method towards remaking the seventeenth Road hall right into a extra inviting place the place folks would possibly truly be tempted to depart autos behind, creating higher entry to the most important retail hub that’s Atlantic Station.

Preliminary efforts will concentrate on enhancing what the seventeenth Road hall is at present: a serpentine roadway with as much as six site visitors lanes and expansive sidewalks.

The road does combine a number of modes of transportation (devoted bus, bike lanes) in locations, however these may very well be safer, extra welcoming, and extra environmentally aware, per Midtown Alliance.

Extra complete modifications might embrace optimizing seventeenth Road’s current bus transit infrastructure, and lengthening and upgrading present bike lanes for extra comfy, safer rides that higher hook up with Atlanta’s rising community for bicyclists and micromobility customers.

Full Road plans for seventeenth Road. Midtown Alliance

Rendering of the seventeenth Road bridge heading into Atlantic Station. Midtown Alliance

However for now, the challenge stays within the preliminary planning part, and Carr says funding has but to be recognized for building.

On the brilliant facet, as Carr famous by way of electronic mail: “Midtown Alliance will implement small enhancements to the seventeenth Road hall in 2024, primarily to melt the hall with greenery and artwork.”  

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