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Atlanta Trail Completions a Priority for Connectivity

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The Atlanta Regional Commission is hoping to make a big impact with a new study

Biking in metro Atlanta can prove a dangerous proposition. With an incomplete network of trails that often forces riders onto the street to complete their journeys, there's a lot of room for improvement.

But city leaders recognize that connecting existing trail infrastructure could be a major boon to creating a comprehensive network. According to the Saporta Report, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has voted to fund a one-year study to explore bike and pedestrian plans across the metro.

In the last few years, a number of different organizations have been hard at work bolstering biking infrastructure around town. While the Beltline may be the most well-known of these under-construction trails in the city, other projects like PATH400 in Buckhead and the Big Creek Greenway to the city's north, are making their marks.

The goal of the ARC study is to determine the best way to link the individual trails into a cohesive network.

With 152 miles of existing trails, and only 70 miles needed to connect them all, the undertaking isn't as daunting as it first seems.