Decatur begins final phase of Commerce Drive Cycle track

Commerce Drive and West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur looking north on Commerce with protected bike lanes. The final phase of this nearly year-long project begins this week. Courtesy City of Decatur
Commerce Drive and West Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur looking north on Commerce with protected bike lanes. The final phase of this nearly year-long project begins this week. Courtesy City of Decatur

The final phase of the Commerce Drive Cycle track began this week on the northern or Courthouse side of West Trinity Place, and includes new sidewalks and separated bike lanes like those already installed on Commerce.

The work—the initial phase began 10 months ago—is expected to take a month. The track begins at Commerce and Clairemont Avenue, heading south on Commerce to West Trinity Place and, when completed, turns east on West Trinity connecting with the North McDonough Street cycle track that was completed in 2017.

West Trinity Place will remain open to traffic throughout the process but motorists should expect occasional delays.

Commerce retains four vehicle lanes between Clairemont and West Ponce de Leon Avenue, three lanes between West Ponce and West Trinity, and keeps four lanes on West Trinity. Total length is slightly more than a half-mile.

This project initiates the Decatur PATH Connectivity Plan, a series of separate bike paths and trails throughout the city that, according to initial projections, will total about nine miles. It’s anticipated the Plan will take roughly 10 years to complete.

The Plan’s next phase is building protected bike lanes from Commerce/Clairemont to Church Street, then left on Church to the northern city limits. This includes taking out the rubber bollards that were erected on Church in 2012 around the Glenlake Park area.