Due to the rise of oil prices at a national level, and the lack of public transportation in Atlanta, bicycles are becoming a more popular and efficient way of getting around the city. Since the early 80s, the city of Atlanta has failed to recognize and accommodate the vital needs of the cyclist community; and the combination of city and state law made it practically illegal to ride a bicycle on the street. Up until recently, the state government started to become more aware of the important role that bicycles play in the every day lives of urban people. In May, 2011, Governor Deal passed the HB 101 law, which legally obligates motorist to give cyclist 3 feet of room when passing. Unfortunately other effort to make the streets safer for cyclist has been very minimal. Instead of building updated bike lanes, like most cities in Europe are doing, the government masks the problem by painting bike sign on streets. Even though these signs raise public awareness on sharing the road, they do not protect the cyclist from getting hit by a distracted driver.
This picture was taken on Wylie Street, which is frequently used by bicyclist. The signs were painting on the concrete less than two weeks ago.
The only road to have a bike lane that connects the East side with Downtown is Edgewood Avenue.
If more streets became bike friendly, a vast majority of bicycle related accidents could be avoided.
The Beltline is a massive public transportation project that intends on creating a 13 mile long track around the perimeter of the city. This track will consist of a light weight train and paths for cyclist and pedestrians.
This mural is located on the bridge that goes above Ralph McGill Boulevard.
Bikes also play a major role for students. Parking is very expensive around campus and bicycles are not only very economic, but they also help the environment and are a good way to exercise.
This picture was taking at the courtyard on the Georgia State campus, and it shows how even on a cold morning, a lot of students choose to ride their bicycle to school.
The key to accommodating cyclist relies on public awareness, city policy, improving safety measures like bike lanes, better lighting, and advocating cyclist street rights.