The partnership between the PATH Foundation, the City of Atlanta, and Georgia Tech created PATH Parkway, a tree-lined walking and biking facility connecting West Midtown, Georgia Tech, and the Coca-Cola headquarters to Centennial Olympic Park. West Midtown residents, Georgia Tech students, and Coca-Cola employees walking, jogging, or traveling by bike will have a separated facility connecting them to downtown and other PATH trails.
PATH Parkway was created by repurposing the two, southbound lanes of the Tech Parkway into the bikeway, a landscaped median, and a walkway for pedestrians. The design allows for a row of trees between the bikeway and walkway providing shade for most of the route. The northbound lanes of Tech Parkway were reconfigured for two-way traffic with parking on one side.
The concept of separating users was originally proposed by a group of Georgia Tech civil engineering students being mentored by PATH. Each year PATH selects an emerging trail project and offers it to Tech students to develop a concept and preliminary design. The work done by the students frequently results in great ideas that are ultimately incorporated into the final design. PATH Parkway is one of the projects that benefited greatly from the concept advanced by the Tech students.
PATH Parkway is open and ready for cycling, strolls and runs.