Construction on the initial segment of Atlanta's first two-way "cycle track" is under way — and almost complete. Work started recently on 10th Street along Piedmont Park, with crews digging up asphalt and painting lines for the deluxe bike path that will connect the Beltline's Eastside Trail (at Monroe Drive) to Charles Allen Drive. The track — eventually to be marked with bright green pavement at intersections and lined by "plastic posts" — basically offers two-way, out-of-the-way travels for cyclists. PATH Foundation executive director Ed McBrayer told Curbed Atlanta the goal is to "allow passage through the park and into Midtown without mixing with traffic." Priced at about $100,000 "soup to nuts," McBrayer said, the first phase of the collaboration between PATH, the city of Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance will be ready around Aug. 1, officials hope.
According to a city news release, the new track will include a two-stage left-turn queue box and new bicycle push-button signal to help facilitate left bicycle turns onto Charles Allen. Later this year, officials hope to extend the path from Charles Allen to Myrtle Street, and eventually on to Peachtree Street. One of "26 new projects that will enhance bicycle safety and efficiency for cyclists" throughout the ATL, the currently under-construction segment of the cycle track will permanently take over a westbound lane of 10th Street.
For more info, check out the city's official release.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep