The City of Atlanta and Dr. G.P. ‘Bud’ Peterson celebrated the Grand Opening of PATH Parkway at Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 5. PATH Parkway is a tree-lined walking and biking facility connecting West Midtown, Georgia Tech and the Coca-Cola headquarters to Centennial Olympic Park. CONTRIBUTED

City of Atlanta opens PATH Parkway at Georgia Tech

The city of Atlanta in partnership with the PATH Foundation, Turner, The Coca-Cola Co. and Georgia Institute of Technology opened PATH Parkway at Georgia Tech. PATH Parkway represents 1.5-miles of walking and biking infrastructure separate from vehicles that connects West Midtown to Georgia Tech, The Coca-Cola Company Atlanta Office Complex and Downtown.

The new facility features safe, separated bicycle infrastructure linking the John Portman protected bike lanes, the Stone Mountain Trail, the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside trail and other essential bicycle infrastructure within the City.

In 2012, Mayor Reed committed to the goal of making bicycling an integral part of daily life for Atlanta residents, workers and visitors by the year 2016. This goal included creating 120 miles of bicycle lanes and trails. Today, the City of Atlanta has 114 miles of completed bicycle infrastructure with an additional eight miles under construction. In 2016, the City of Atlanta was ranked 43 in Bicycle Magazine’s Top 50 Best Bicycle Cities.

“Our goal is to connect the people of Atlanta to the city in the most safe, convenient and fun ways,” said Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “PATH Parkway represents how the connections we make through infrastructure enhance how people experience their community, providing them the opportunity to explore the many ways the city continues to grow.”

Since September, more than 3000 people have ridden a Relay Bike Share bike on PATH Parkway. The City installed four bike share stations along the 1.5-mile path to complement the infrastructure and provide people better access to bikes.

In 2015, the City of Atlanta adopted Cycle Atlanta Study: Phase 1.0. This signature planning study identified 32 miles of new bicycle infrastructure within the Atlanta BeltLine limits.

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