A bike foundation has named an Atlanta path as the best new bikeway of 2017.
PATH Parkway at Georgia Tech topped the PeopleforBikes list of the 10 “most impressive new links” around the country. The 1.5-mile off-street path — the only Georgia trail to make the list — is in the company of networks in New York, Texas, Minnesota, Washington, Minneapolis, California and Indianapolis.
The private PATH Foundation and Georgia Tech split the $3.5 million cost of the “reimagining of Tech Parkway and Luckie Street,” the article said. The 14-foot-wide bidirectional bikeway and separate walkway that connects the college with downtown Atlanta officially opened this month.
PeopleforBikes compiles the list by talking to experts and reading news reports and public records. Kyle Wagenschutz, director of local innovation, said the path topped the list because it’s well-designed and “a convenient route where lots of people want to go.”
“That's the combination, comfort and convenience, that'll pay off for Atlanta in health, happiness and congestion-proof mobility," Wagenschutz said in a statement. Mayor Kasim Reed said the path is a “perfect example” of Atlanta’s commitment to create high-quality bicycle infrastructure.
Atlanta has 114 miles of completed bicycle trails, paths and tracks, with eight miles under construction, according to city officials.