PeopleForBikes, the largest U.S. bicycling advocacy group with 1.2 million members nationwide, has announced their list of the their “Best New Bikeways” for 2017. Atlanta, Georgia’s Path Parkway Trail is No. 1.
“Good bikeways are designed so all sorts of people will find them comfortable, and the PATH Parkway excels on that count,” said Kyle Wagenschutz, Director of Local Innovation at PeopleForBikes. “But what put it atop our list is that it’s also a convenient route where lots of people want to go. That’s the combination, comfort, and convenience, that’ll pay off for Atlanta in health, happiness and congestion-proof mobility.”
It stands out for its importance to the low-stress biking network northwest of downtown; for the full-throated support of Georgia Tech and Coca-Cola; for the graceful way it repurposed the roadway divider as a separator for bike/car traffic; for its multimodal benefits (huge improvement to an important walking route for Georgia Tech students); and for its physical beauty.
“Mayor Reed has made cycling an essential part of the City’s mobility efforts,” said Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “In a short period of time under Mayor Reed’s leadership, Atlanta has become a much safer and more enjoyable place to ride your bike. Our bike share system, Relay, has been launched and expanded. New bike facilities have been built in most parts of the city. This parkway is a final gem for this administration, helping connect the Georgia Tech campus and downtown Atlanta.”
The rest of the list is as follows:
PeopleForBikes bases this list on conversations with local and national infrastructure experts around the country, with particular emphasis on projects that link up continuous networks of low-stress bikeways — the key to making bike transportation an attractive option for Americans of all ages. PeopleForBikes generally define “low-stress bikeways” as physically protected bike lanes; off-street paths; and neighborhood bikeways. This year’s list includes examples of all three.