I-285/GA 400 project to include bike-ped trail

Coverage from the AJC on our recent advocacy win to include bike-ped accommodations as part of the billion dollar I-285/GA 400 reconstruction:

“Bicyclists and walkers will have a safe path through a mammoth new interchange soon to be constructed at the intersection of I-285 and Ga. 400, thanks to some dogged community activists.

Georgia Department of Transportation recently committed to provide a multi-use path along both Ga. 400 and I-285.

‘The final design for the path will be determined by the design-build team (which is still to be selected),’ said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale. ‘It will be a separated facility from the roadways. A person would have to scale a tall fence to get from the path to the freeway.’

But these advocates (including but not limited to Bike Walk DunwoodyGeorgia BikesAtlanta Bicycle Coalition and PEDS) aren’t finished. Some of them met Wednesday with Georgia Department of Transportation planners to seek a trail extension farther north of the interchange along Ga. 400. They also want a safe path across new bridges on Mount Vernon Road and the redesigned Abernathy Road/Ga. 400 Diverging Diamond Interchange, said Joe Seconder, vice president of Georgia Bikes.”

Columbus: Georgia’s newest Bike Friendly Community

Columbus, the state’s largest city behind Atlanta, has been awarded the Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

With this award, Columbus joins eight other official Bike Friendly Communities communities in the state. 

We are thrilled to see Columbus, site of our successful statewide Bike Summit in 2014, receive this well-deserved recognition. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is a strong supporter of better bicycling and safe, family-friendly streets and trails. Her leadership is well supported by agencies like the River Valley Regional Commission, Midtown Columbus, Inc. and advocacy groups like Bicycle Columbus and Complete Streets Columbus.

With a recently adopted local Complete Streets policy and a compelling vision for improved bicycling, Columbus is determined to be Georgia’s first Silver-level designee.

Congrats on your award, and keep up the great work, Columbus!