Bike lane plan for Peachtree Road hits dead end

A plan to put bicycle lanes along part of Peachtree Road in Buckhead appears to have been abandoned following a huge community backlash.

People deeply familiar with the plans say the bike lanes have been killed.

“It’s my understanding that the bike lanes are not going to be done,” said Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition. “I can’t go beyond that as far as speaking for them (the Georgia Department of Transportation).”

GDOT said this week it has received a deluge of emails, calls and letters about the project. Publicly, GDOT hasn’t announced its fate. A spokeswoman for the department said that a decision would come next week.

The bicycle lanes were to be just one component of a larger safety improvement project. The project includes resurfacing and painting new stripes on about three miles of Peachtree Road, between Pharr Road and Deering Road.

It also involves the addition of a two-way turn lane in the center of the road. Traffic engineers say the center turn lane would cut down on accidents caused when drivers stop in the far left lane while waiting to turn left.

The bike lanes would have been limited to the southern end of Peachtree, a 1.4-mile stretch that extends from Peachtree Battle Avenue to Deering Road.

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