The City of Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance, and PATH are building the City’s first cycle track on Tenth Street between Monroe Drive and Charles Allen Drive. The track, (example pictured to right), will allow two-way bicycle traffic separated from travel lanes, between Charles Allen and the Atlanta BeltLine at Monroe Drive. Even better, the new track will allow Midtown cyclists to travel through Piedmont Park to the Charles Allen entry and access the BeltLine without ever mixing with vehicular traffic.
Cycle Tracks are somewhat new to the United States. For years, safety experts discouraged two-way cycling on one side of the street saying it was more dangerous than simply riding on the street without any facility. However, studies show that far more people are likely to ride their bike when a separated facility is available and the injury rate either stays the same or decreases.
PATH plans to partner with the City to install more cycle tracks in the coming years. It is a more feasible, less expensive way to extend the PATH system into the city than building traditional multi-use trails.
The Tenth Street cycle track is being funded by the Midtown Alliance and your contributions to PATH. The Monroe to Charles Allen segment should be operational early this summer.