GDOT’s commitment to build multi-use path highlights national shift in transportation demands

The nearly 1,500-foot multi-use path will run along the southeastern quadrant of the 400/285 interchange and will ultimately connect to Buckhead’s new PATH400 trail and others in Atlanta’s rapidly-growing system of bike lanes and trails. (© Georgia Department of Transportation)

At the urging of bike advocate groups and the City of Sandy Springs, the Georgia Department of Transportation has committed to incorporate a multi-use path as part of its reconstruction of the GA 400 and I-285 interchange. The path will allow bikers and pedestrians to safely cross two of metro Atlanta’s busiest highways.

This week’s development is an example of how Georgia can successfully implement its Complete Streets Design Policy to upgrade existing roads to allow for more bike and pedestrian travel, and highlights how transportation needs nationwide are continuing to evolve beyond the traditional auto-oriented model.

Like most cities across the country, many of Atlanta’s roads were initially built to solely accommodate car travel. But as the appeal of living and working in walkable communities continues to grow, and as real estate development shifts to make these communities possible, our transportation system must adapt accordingly. Keeping pace with the changing times will include retrofitting roads to provide for transportation options like public transit, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities.            

Read SELC’s comment letter in support of Georgia Bikes’ advocacy for the multi-use path.

Read Creative Loafing’s story: Mammoth Ga. 400/I-285 interchange overhaul to include PATH trail

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