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Report shows Atlanta lags in bike/pedestrian numbers
by Staff Reports
May 02, 2014 02:01 PM | 1395 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A report released last month shows Atlanta has a long way to go to catch up to its brethren across the country when it comes to biking and walking.

Released by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, a Washington-based nonprofit devoted to promoting the two modes of transportation, the report comes as metro Atlanta celebrates Bike to Work Week, which starts Monday and ends May 9. Also, May is National Bike Month.

The report collected and analyzed bicycling data from 52 of America’s most populated cities.

It found only 1.1 percent of Atlantans bike to work compared with 6.1 percent of people in Portland, Ore., which ranked No. 1. The average for large cities is 1.0 percent.

Also, looking at bicycle infrastructure in the largest cities, the report revealed Atlanta has limited on-street bicycle lanes, with only 62 miles compared to 620 miles in San Diego, which ranked No. 1.

However, Atlanta Mayor Reed has big plans to make Atlanta one of the top 10 cities for bicycling by 2016. He wants to double the number of bike commuters (from 1.1 to 2.2 percent) by 2016 and add another 50 miles of bake lanes this year.

Other key findings from the study include:

o More men (77 percent) bicycle to work than women (23 percent) in Atlanta.

o Atlanta ranked No. 25 out of 52 for the percentage of people who get the recommended level of physical activity.

o Atlanta has 29 miles of multi-use paths, compared to 415 miles in Houston, which ranked No. 1

o Atlanta has a relatively low bicyclist fatality rate, ranking No. 7 among large cities.

o Atlanta is one of only five large cities (out of 52) that requires bicycling and walking access for students and staff at schools.

o Atlanta is one of only 16 large cities (out of 52) that requires bicycle parking at schools.

o Atlanta plans an additional 60 miles of bicycle facilities over the next four years, while New York plans 1,800 miles by 2030, No. 1 for most planned miles.

o Twenty of the most populous U.S. cities already have bike-share systems in place, with Atlanta being among the 22 large cities with a bike-share program in progress.

To review the full report, visit http://bit.ly/1krOvsk.
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