Atlanta to memorialize cycling advocate Hoffarth

A proposal to designate a one-block stretch of the Peachtree Street bike lane downtown in memory of Dennis Hoffarth, co-founder of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, will be the topic of a public hearing next month at Atlanta City Hall.

The City Council Utilities Committee hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. An ordinance sponsored by Council Member Kwanza Hall would name the Peachtree Street NE bike lane for Hoffarth between Ralph McGill Boulevard and Pine Street, where Peachtree crosses over the Downtown Connector. The Department of Public Works would install sign markers.

Hoffarth — for years the face of cycling in Atlanta — died July 15 of complications from a brain tumor.

In 1991, he was co-founder, president and executive director of what was then called the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign. His accomplishments included organizing ABC’s Bike to Work Day and Bike There! Events, advising Bicycle User Groups in different counties, promoting the Bicycle Suitability Map and Safe Routes to Schools, and representing cyclists in the planning for the 1996 Olympic Games, according to the Bicycle Coalition.


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