Atlanta Residents Express Concerns About New Public Works Budget


July 29, 2018

ATLANTA, GA. – July 24, 2018 (georgiastatesignal.com) Residents of Atlanta, Georgia, have expressed some concerns about the city budget recently approved by the mayor, citing a lack of funding for Public Works and bicycle infrastructure. The story is reported online at georgiastatesignal.com.*

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently approved a new budget for the city, and some residents believe the budget provides inadequate funding for Public Works projects, including bicycle infrastructure in Atlanta. In an open hearing on June 5, members of the community suggested adding additional money in the budget for improving bicycle transportation and safety within the city. 

Under the guidance of Mayor Bottoms, Atlanta has created a biking-friendly atmosphere, providing people access to bicycles and safe places to ride. And residents don’t want her to let off the pedal now. Residents and business owners urged the city to consider interconnecting bicycle lanes and creating a bicycle route similar to that of MARTA, while adopting stricter codes to curtail bicyclist injuries and fatalities. They told Mayor Bottoms they wanted to continue gaining access to alternate and healthy transportation and to feel safe doing so. 

President of the Panther Bikes Organization, Karemma Brown, said that while infrastructure has improved in Atlanta since her freshman days at Georgia State University, the city hasn’t reached the finish line. Discussing riding her bicycle on campus, Brown said there were “points where you could be rising on one street and merge onto another, and the bike lanes just disappear.” 

She added that “Georgia State’s downtown campus is the cornerstone for cycling because it is so close to the BeltLine and with all of the ongoing improvements to biking infrastructure around Atlanta, it is very much possible for Georgia State to be a leading campus in cycling.” 

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